Fire service plans to help keep the County’s businesses and residents stay safe have been approved by West Sussex County Council (WSCC) following a public consultation.
The West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) Community Risk Management Plan analyses current and projected risks in the county, and sets out how the Service supports local communities through a combination of prevention, protection and emergency response measures. It summarises risk profiles, call data, fire station crewing and specialist teams, with online links to more detailed information and supporting documents.
The plan has now been formally published by David Barling, WSCC Cabinet Member for Residents Services, after considering feedback from a public consultation and scrutiny by a cross-party Select Committee at County Hall.
The Fire & Rescue Service in West Sussex is fully integrated within the County Council, and firefighters work alongside colleagues in Public Health, Community Safety, Trading Standards and Resilience & Emergencies to help communities become safer, stronger and more resilient. They also work closely with other emergency services to reduce risks wherever possible and plan their response to incidents including road traffic collisions, terrorism, or the threat from flooding and weather related disruptions.
David said the role of the Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of the Council’s plans to keep West Sussex a safe place to live, work and visit. “Whether this is discussing safety tips on a free home visit, signposting help and other support for vulnerable people and carers, working with local flood action groups, or by talking to young drivers about dangers on the road, our firefighters now play a much wider role in keeping communities safe.
“There are always new challenges to face but I’m also confident West Sussex firefighters are well trained and equipped to deal with them.”
To reduce impact on the environment, the Community Risk Management Plan has been designed as a web-based document with summaries of headline information and hyperlinks to supporting documents.
The results of the public consultation, including responses to all the issues raised, can be viewed via the Have Your Say consultation hub on the West Sussex County Council website.