The Fire & Rescue Service in Hampshire is holding a public consultation on its future plans and is proposing to change its operating model across the county, including at stations close to its border with West Sussex.
Although a decision on the proposals is a matter for members of the Hampshire Fire Authority, the consultation may be of particular interest for West Sussex residents whose nearest fire station is in Hampshire. For people living in Westbourne or Southbourne, for example, a fire engine from Emsworth or Havant is often the first to arrive before a fire engine from Chichester, depending on availability and other operational commitments.
The consultation has been widely publicised by Hampshire and has featured on TV, radio and in local newspapers as well as on social media. To support the consultation further a link has now been added to the West Sussex County Council website and sent to relevant Parish and Town Councils.
The consultation closes on 4th December and interested parties should respond direct to Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service. The contact details are shown in the consultation document and your views will be taken into consideration before a final decision is taken.
The link to the Hampshire consultation can be found at:
West Sussex residents should be assured that we will continue to work closely with colleagues in Hampshire, supporting each other at operational incidents close to the county border and ensuring a speedy and appropriate risk-based response when needed.