East Sussex Fire & Rescue To Support Ambulance Service?

Wednesday 14th September 2016

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Firefighters could soon be sent to medical emergencies in East Sussex.

The Fire and Rescue Service is considering a pilot, trialling how they could support the ambulance service in certain situations.

It’s one of the priorities laid out in a consultation currently being run, which also includes improving business safety and asking whether the public thinks we get good value for money for the council tax we pay to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

We’re being encouraged to have our say in the consultation, which is running until 7 November.

Fire Authority Chairman Phil Howson said, “Fire and rescue services are undergoing a great deal of change. We have lots of opportunities to work more closely with other organisations for the benefit of public safety. We need your views to help us make the right decisions about how we do this in the future.”

Chief Fire Officer Gary Walsh added, “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has already shown it can make a significant difference to the safety of the public. We not only respond effectively to emergencies but we are putting extra time and effort into preventing them happening in the first place. This has been a hugely successful approach for some years and I am proud to lead a Service which so effectively protects our community. We want us to keep up this momentum and therefore I would encourage you to help us decide how we can use our finances to maintain and improve on the current service, and where we focus our efforts next.”

An online survey and related risk information can be found online and paper copies can be requested by writing to:

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service
20 Upperton Road
BN21 1EU

The findings of the consultation will be considered at a Fire Authority meeting in December 2016.

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