Have your say: What should be done with our fire service?

The Argus: Have your say: What should be done with our fire service? Have your say: What should be done with our fire service?

Firefighters' jobs are under threat as a fire service needs to make savings of £1.7 million.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue is considering removing a fire engine from Preston Circus or Hove fire station, cutting up to 44 firefighters from Brighton and Hastings or downgrading Roedean Fire Station in Brighton and The Ridge Fire Station in Hastings as it bids to find the savings.

We want to knwo what you would like to be done to the fire service.

Should the Government be putting more into the service?

Or should it become a volunteer organisation like other countries?

Where would you wield the axe if you were in charge?

Have your say below.


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5:35pm Fri 7 Feb 14

X635JR says...

Why have we still got 2 Fire and Rescue Services in Sussex.
Plenty of savings to be made with 1 Hq, 1 chief Officer team etc.
Time for change? Can we still afford to have little sub county structures.
Sussex Police led the way in 1968, maybe 50 yrs later we could have a Sussex Fire Service.
Why have we still got 2 Fire and Rescue Services in Sussex. Plenty of savings to be made with 1 Hq, 1 chief Officer team etc. Time for change? Can we still afford to have little sub county structures. Sussex Police led the way in 1968, maybe 50 yrs later we could have a Sussex Fire Service. X635JR

12:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Btonboz says...

I served for 26 years in both Brighton and East Sussex fire service. In 1974 when the county borough brigades amalgamated there was the suggestion of a Sussex fire brigade. This was rejected by all chief fire officers, so they could achieve there own power houses. The waste is amazing, each side is top heavy in senior officers and admin. There are so many people being paid a fortune on projects. I remember having a meeting to see if we were having too many meetings. People have been promoted way beyond the home office recommendations. East Sussex even employ a high ranking officer and a dog to investigate the cause of fires. This was always done by local experience, which is now obviously lacking. A one county brigade would save on officers, admin, bulk buying of uniform etc. and thus save money.
In 1974 , Preston Circu had 3 pumping appliances, hove 2 and roe dean 1 , plus it as specified that a officer of at least assistant fire officer must reside in Brighton. The union allowed this to erode, obviously through there own gain, so they should not be complaining now. If someone paid me a few thousand I could save the rate payer a fortune. It's a sad fact, that senior management will never suffer
I served for 26 years in both Brighton and East Sussex fire service. In 1974 when the county borough brigades amalgamated there was the suggestion of a Sussex fire brigade. This was rejected by all chief fire officers, so they could achieve there own power houses. The waste is amazing, each side is top heavy in senior officers and admin. There are so many people being paid a fortune on projects. I remember having a meeting to see if we were having too many meetings. People have been promoted way beyond the home office recommendations. East Sussex even employ a high ranking officer and a dog to investigate the cause of fires. This was always done by local experience, which is now obviously lacking. A one county brigade would save on officers, admin, bulk buying of uniform etc. and thus save money. In 1974 , Preston Circu had 3 pumping appliances, hove 2 and roe dean 1 , plus it as specified that a officer of at least assistant fire officer must reside in Brighton. The union allowed this to erode, obviously through there own gain, so they should not be complaining now. If someone paid me a few thousand I could save the rate payer a fortune. It's a sad fact, that senior management will never suffer Btonboz

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