New Fire & Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee to meet next month


Release date: 22 May 2020

The first meeting of the County Council’s new Fire & Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee is being held next month.

The virtual meeting of the committee takes place online on Wednesday 3 June from 10.30am and will be webcast. The committee was due to meet for the first time at the end of March, but this was postponed due to social distancing guidelines.

Members will attend and take part remotely through an audio only conference call. Members of the press and public can watch the meeting online here.

This new committee will be responsible for scrutinising the performance and effectiveness of West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, as well as policies and plans for its future development.

At its first meeting it will be receiving updates from Duncan Crow, the Cabinet Member for Fire & Rescue & Communities and from Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, the Chief Fire Officer on a programme of improvement currently underway.

Chairman of the new Fire & Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee, Steve Waight, said: “It has been important to set up this new committee so that we can have an in-depth focus solely on this important service.

“The committee’s role will include reviewing key decisions due to be taken by the Cabinet Member and to ensure the fire and rescue service continues to keep residents in the county safe.”

Membership of the committee is Steve Waight (Chairman), Lionel Barnard (Vice-Chairman), Pat Arculus, David Edwards, Michael Jones, Jacky Pendleton, and Bob Smytherman

Details on the committee and the agenda can be found on the Fire & Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee meetings page.

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