West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service covers a region that includes several large urban areas such as Chichester, Crawley, Worthing and Horsham. There are 25 stations in the county.
The service’s main duties are firefighting, protecting people and property from fire, promoting fire safety and rescuing people from road traffic collisions. Its firefighters also respond to emergencies outside of West Sussex, assisting in both national and international search and rescue operations.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.