Thursday, 13 September 2012

East Sussex Fire Authority announces Hastings public consultation


East Sussex Fire Authority has today (Thursday September 13th) announced it is to hold a public consultation regarding the future of service provision within the Hastings Borough.

The decision to consult comes after the Authority considered and discussed the findings of a comprehensive report regarding Service cover within Hastings Borough at its meeting this morning. The review was requested by the Authority as part of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Risk Management process and contained within its Medium-Term Plan 2011/12 - 2015/16.

At today’s meetings the recommendations for consultation agreed by the Fire Authority were as follows:
  • Relocate the Wholetime Echo appliance (E09) from The Ridge Fire Station to Bohemia Road Fire Station.
  • Maintain the Retained Duty System Whiskey Pumping appliance (W09) and Landrover (X09) at The Ridge on the Retained Duty System with its existing establishment.
A consultation period regarding this recommendation will now run from Friday 14th September for 12 weeks, the results of which will then be discussed at the Fire Authority meeting on 13th December 2012.

Councillor John Livings, Chairman of East Sussex Fire Authority, said:

“The community expectations and financial pressures on the Fire Authority mean that we must continuously review the service we deliver to meet future needs. The Authority is committed to allocating resources and delivering services that are tailored to our communities’ needs in order to increase efficiency and deliver value for money.

“The purpose of the review and subsequent public consultation starting tomorrow is to determine whether there are any alternative arrangements or methods of service delivery to meet prioritised, changed and emerging needs and communities’ expectations of the Service in the medium term. All views will be carefully considered and taken into account before any final decisions are taken in December.”

Gary Walsh, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS), said:

“It should be stressed that nothing has yet been decided upon and no final decisions will be taken until December. Similarly, what is eventually decided will only be done with the priority of ensuring we continue to provide an operational response in Hastings in line with our current Service standards and target response times.

“There will be no drop in standards and safety will not be compromised, either for the public or for our firefighters. We will also continue to provide fire safety advice to local people and businesses to help prevent fires from occurring in the first place.

“The thoughts and views of all of our recognised trade unions and representative bodies, our staff and the public, especially the people of Hastings, are important to us. Everyone who wants to will have the opportunity to comment and share their views, helping us shape the services we will provide now and in the future.”

Both the full review document and an executive summary will be available on the ESFRS website – www.esfrs.org– from September 14th and feedback can be provided in a number of ways:
  • By calling the Community Risk Management Team on 0303 999 1000.
  • By completing the online consultation questionnaire provided on the www.esfrs.org website.
  • By printing the Word version of the consultation questionnaire, completing and returning to the address provided.
  • By emailing comments to irm@esfrs.org.
  • By writing to ESFRS at the following address:
The CRM Team
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
20 Upperton Road
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 1EU

A public meeting hosted by ESFRS will also be arranged in the Hastings area.

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