West Sussex welcomes closer working of police and fire service

The governance of the service will stay with West Sussex County Council.


Police and fire services will continue to work closely together following a decision about the future of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

In 2016 the Government announced plans for reform in Fire and Rescue Services. Under these plans it was announced that legislation would be passed for local Police and Crime Commissioners to look at the governance of local Fire and Rescue Services.

A meeting between fire officials across the county, County Council officers and Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, today confirmed the governance of the service will stay with West Sussex County Council.

In Sussex Katy Bourne has listened to the views of West Sussex County Council who showed her that having the Fire and Rescue Service integrated into the County Council worked really well.

Following the decision the Fire and Rescue service and the police, together with other emergency services, will develop further their close working to make sure residents are getting the very best from their emergency services.

Council Leader Louise Goldsmith said: "We are delighted that Ms Bourne has seen the central role West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service plays in our County Council and decided it is safe and well where it is.

"We look forward to working closely with her to continue to develop and build the modern fire service our residents deserve. We think the men and women in our fire service deserve to be part of an organisation that values them and that has ambitious plans for the future; which we do."

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Last updated:
6 February 2018

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