Despite claims to the contrary, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has held its most successful consultation ever on its Integrated Risk Management Plan. The public responded in large numbers and enabled the Fire Authority to make an informed decision on the way forward to keep both our residents and our fire fighters safe.
Cllr Carolyn Lambert, Vice Chair of the Fire Authority comments:
“Despite repeated criticisms from the Lewes MP for carrying out our statutory duty I am pleased that we now have a robust IRMP in place. The Chairman and I have asked for a meeting with all Sussex MPs in the next few weeks and I will personally be holding Maria Caulfield to account to deliver on her repeated public promises to find additional funding for the Fire and Rescue Service. It will be interesting to see if she really values the contribution our fire fighters are making or is just trying to distract the public from her voting record which has enabled her government to remove funding from all local authorities, including the Fire and Rescue Service.”
Councillor Sarah Osborne adds:
“The Fire and Rescue Service continues to face huge financial challenges. We will have to find £1.65 million in savings next year rising to nearly £3 million in 2025 unless Maria Caulfield make good on her promises of increased funding”.