Proposed cuts to fire service

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is currently consulting about proposed cuts.

Since 2011, fire and rescue services across the UK have had 11,500 firefighters cut from their staff, and since 2013 have seen real terms spending on their service slashed by 38%.

The council believes that removal of a fire engine from Newhaven Fire Station (a 50% reduction) will significantly compromise overall cover for the town placing great reliance upon additional appliances successfully making the additional 12-15-minute journey from Roedean or Seaford.

Likewise, the 50% reduction in the number of full-time firefighters resulting in no weekend cover, and cover by part-time/on-call staff, creates the greater likelihood of delayed response times due to their primary employment and the distance they have to travel to the Fire Station. This is also a significant dilution of the pool of experience and skills available to the service.

Newhaven Town Council believes that the proposed cuts will place the town and its surrounding villages at an increased level of danger, and will therefore to the best of its endeavours seek to maintain the current high standards of coverage and first rate service that the people of Newhaven have come to expect.

There is an on-line survey at https://www.esfrs.org/ You can also contact consult@esfrs.org

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