East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is celebrating, after winning a gold innovation award for its work in the community.
The Service’s “Safety in Action” programme beat off tough competition at the annual Improvement & Efficiency Awards (iESE), which are open to any public body in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, as well as their partners in the voluntary, community and private sector.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Gary Walsh, is delighted, “Winning GOLD at the iESE Awards last night was incredible. We were up again some strong competition in the Fire & Rescue Project of the Year category and scooping the top award demonstrated what an excellent project Safety in Action is.
“The award was collected by Sophie Hepworth who coordinates the project on behalf of ESFRS, our Fire Authority Chair, Cllr Phil Howson, and myself but we could not deliver Safety in Action without the support of our partners who attend each of the events to deliver the individual scenarios, and our staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that each event runs smoothly.”
The two other finalists were Greater Manchester and Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The iESE says that now more than ever public services face continued diminishing budgets alongside other pressures and the sector deserves to be recognised and to share good practice.
The iESE works with public sector organisations up and down the country and acknowledges that despite the enormous pressures, there is some excellent, innovative, ground-breaking work going on.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service submitted details of its innovative county wide “Safety in Action” programme which caught the attention to the panel.
This multi-agency programme has become a huge success in schools across East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.
The week-long event gives hundreds of children in their final year at primary school the opportunity to practice dealing with emergency situations and how to keep themselves safe.
The children take part in interactive safety scenarios provided by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and partners including Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Network Rail and British Transport Police, Wave Leisure, Freedom Leisure, Sussex Downs College, UK Power Network, the District & Borough Councils, East Sussex County Council and Brighton & Hove City Council. It has proven a huge hit with children and welcomed by schools.