Fire service launches new Community Risk Management Plan

Improving firefighter cover at key fire stations and ensuring communities remain at the heart of the service’s work are just two of the commitments set out in West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Community Risk Management Plan 2022 – 2026 (CRMP).

The service has today (1 April 2022) formally launched and adopted the new four year plan, following an extensive public consultation held last year.

Duncan Crow, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Community Support and Fire & Rescue, said: “Following an extensive public consultation, this CRMP sets out the direction of our fire and rescue service over the course of the next four years. In preparing it, we have listened to residents, staff, our emergency service partners and other interested stakeholders to ensure we are continuing to deliver a service that reflects the requirements of our communities across West Sussex.

“Our CRMP sets out the fire and rescue service’s strategic priorities and the steps that the service will be taking to implement these new programmes of work, to help ensure that West Sussex continues to be a safe place to live and work.”

The service has agreed five strategic priorities:

Preventing fires and emergencies from happening.
Protecting people, firefighters and property by making buildings as safe from fire as they can be.
Responding to fires and emergencies quickly and effectively.
Have a safe and valued workforce.
Making best use of resources.
Chief Fire Officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, said: “This document really does form the cornerstone of our service, setting the direction of each of our teams over the course of the next four years to ensure that we remain a strong and resilient service, there for you when you need us most.”