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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.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is undergoing a transformation. By 2020, it aims to:

  • provide effective and efficient prevention, protection and response services which are sustainable;
  • equip and staff its fire stations appropriately to tackle risks in local areas;
  • take advantage of the significant advances in safety and firefighting technology;
  • work with other fire & rescue services, other emergency services, local organisations and local communities to increase capacity to provide services;
  • have a stronger community engagement and local involvement, with elected members of the FRA leading and setting priorities and decision making, ensuring that there is more public scrutiny of its services and how it provides them; and
  • ensure greater use is being made of the rapid changes in communications technology, particularly the use of social media websites, which can provide important safety information quickly and effectively.

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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

Contact Matt Parr

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


0.85m people
up3% local 5 yr change


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


24 stations
41 fire engines


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


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

Chief Fire Officer

Dawn Whittaker