Crowborough to be designated as single appliance station

Yesterday the revised proposals to change the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were approved by the Fire Department.

The first proposals were changed following a consultation between April and June this year.

Proposals 2 and 3 have implications for the Crowborough Fire Station.

Agreed Modified Proposal 2 – Changes to stations with daily crew

It was agreed to implement a one o’clock duty system in Crowborough, Lewes, Newhaven and Uckfield to operate over 7 days with a branch of 9 and 9. Introduced a One Watch Duty System in the Battle Fire Station to work with a facility of 7 over 5 days.

Agree, modified proposal 3 Removal of second fire extinguishers

The second devices in Bexhill, Crowborough, Uckfield, Newhaven, Lewes, Battle and Rye will be removed and these stations will be officially designated as single device stations. In addition, Heathfield, Seaford and Wadhurst (former Maxi-Cab stations) are shown as single-device stations. However, through an overall redistribution of operational vehicles, Bexhill, Crowborough, Uckfield and Newhaven will be appointed 1 Pump Resilience Stations and will therefore have access to additional fire fighting equipment at the stations. These are used as flexible service-wide assets that provide part of the service’s fleet of replacement devices and are ready for operation at the stations when required to respond to incidents. Lewes, Battle, Rye, Heathfield, Seaford and Wadhurst will also have access to special emergency vehicles to service at least two emergency vehicles at the station, and these vehicles will also be operational at the incident response stations if needed.

The organizational changes approved by the fire department will be implemented within the five-year period covered by our new integrated risk management plan 2020-2025.

Crowborough Life asked ESFRS to explain what a “1-pump resilience station” is and how the spare pump device will be staffed if necessary for an emergency. This is their answer:

An important change that has been agreed is the introduction of a new Operational Resilience Plan (ORP), which aims to increase the number of fire trucks available on demand from 15 to 18 at the beginning of each day.

In order to support this, the ORP tries to provide a further 6 resilient fire engines in the entire district after a short time. These can, for example, be available more flexibly depending on the number of employees. In the next few months it will be determined in more detail how and when they will be mobilized with existing and newly hired employees.

To answer your specific question, a single-pump resistance station will, in most cases, have access to a replacement device. If a full crew of on-call personnel were available at this station, they would be mobilized to manned two pumps, the second fastest, to manned this unit for a necessary incident.

Fire Brigade Chairman Cllr Roy Galley said:

It is the responsibility of the fire brigade to provide a fire and rescue service and to ensure its efficiency. Additionally, we want to ensure that the community we serve and those who work for the fire and rescue service have the opportunity to shape their future.

The proposals presented to the fire service for debate followed an extensive consultation that included an online survey, forums and other two-way communication. I am pleased that these decisions, based on evidence and commitment, have been agreed and that the fire department is committed to ensuring that this commitment continues.

Dawn Whittaker, Chief Fire Officer, said:

It is important that our available resources are used as effectively as possible to mitigate the risks our communities face, whether it be in responding to emergencies, raising awareness or improving building security.

These choices allow us to move forward with our original goals, which increases our resilience and enables us to deploy our resources where they are most needed, e.g. B. in building security and community engagement.

There is still a lot of work to be done now and we will of course consider any new information, data and evidence that emerges as we implement these decisions. Our focus will continue to be on those who live and visit in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove and their safety.

The fire brigade agreed to an additional proposal which states:

In the event that government funding for the fire service is increased, the agency undertakes to review the IRMP to reflect the changed position.

For more information on each of the proposals, visit the Planning for a Safer Future webpage.

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