East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have moved headquarters to share with Sussex Police in Lewes, having left their base in Eastbourne.
Interim Chief Fire Officer Dawn Whittaker said, “We are grateful for the warm welcome we have received from Sussex Police. This is an important step for our two organisations. We already work very closely together at emergencies and in our prevention work which aims to make our communities safer – this will help make that link stronger.”
Chief Constable Giles York said, “East Sussex Fire and Rescue sharing a joint HQ marks the beginning of a new era. I am confident we will make the most of this opportunity for both our services to work more closely together sharing our knowledge, experience and resources. We already share with our partners at Hove, Newhaven and Eastbourne which has demonstrated the value of working together. I am delighted to welcome officers and staff to our new joint HQ.”
The HQ move will help deliver savings for the Fire and Rescue Service. The old ESFRS headquarters building in Upperton Road in Eastbourne is being sold, with funds being re-invested into the Service.
A “green” travel plan has been put in place to encourage staff to use public transport instead of driving to the new location.
Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service already share premises with partners including the Police at Saxon House in Newhaven.