Still time to have your say on your future fire service!

There’s still time for people to have their say on a plan for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.

A public consultation is underway into an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) which outlines how the fire authority intends to use its resources to help protect the public in the future.

The consultation runs until Monday 28 May.

To view the plan and give feedback see

All fire and rescue services in the UK are required to have an IRMP to explain how they intend to save lives, improve public safety and reduce emergency incidents.

The IRMP explains the fire service’s activities in detail and local people are being asked to comment on the priorities identified by the West Sussex Fire Authority, part of West Sussex County Council’s functions.

The plan explains the fire service’s activities in detail on:

• Prevention – educating the community on how to reduce risks through safe and well visits, school visits and other training.
• Protection – providing safer public spaces within the built environment, fire safety inspections and enforcement.
• Response – sending fire engines and firefighters to emergency incidents. This can include fires, road traffic collisions, flooding etc.
• People – how we address the challenges we face in delivering a highly trained, diverse workforce.
• Customer Focused Value for money – ensuring everything we do is what the residents need and as cost efficient as possible.
• Partnership and collaboration – how we will work with other organisations to achieve our organisational aims and statutory duty.

A series of drop-in meetings are being held around West Sussex for the public to find out more about the plan. These are on:

• Wednesday 16 May from 5pm to 7pm at Worthing Town Hall, Worthing
• Thursday 17 May from 12pm to 2pm at Littlehampton Town Hall, Littlehampton

Details of further meetings will be available on the website.

Debbie Kennard, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, said: “Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the public consultation so far.

“There’s still time to fill out the survey so don’t miss out on your chance to have a say.”