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East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

Approximately a third of the population served by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is within the heavily urbanised City of Brighton & Hove. It works within a large and diverse area on the south coast of England, covering rural locations as well as a busy city centre and urban seaside towns.

The service responds to help people at a range of emergencies to save life, property and protect the environment along with its emergency service partners. It also works with local partners to run safety events and prevention campaigns and actively involve local communities wherever possible.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Matt Parr
    is HMI for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s South Eastern fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary 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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

693 square miles

Population

0.85m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

72% wholetime firefighters
28% on-call firefighters
0.58 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down15% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

24 stations
41 fire engines

Incidents

2.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
5.5 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£25.97 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Dawn Whittaker