Report by the Chief Fire Officer.
The Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee will be invited to speak for up to three minutes on the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Management Plan 2022-26.
Each of the main Minority Group Leaders will be invited to speak for up to three minutes on the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Management Plan 2022-26.
The Cabinet will then discuss the report prior to taking any decision.
Following consideration of the report, the Cabinet resolved to approve the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Management Plan 2022-26 for publication.
The call-in deadline is 24 March 2022.
47.1 Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Fire Officer. The report was introduced by Cllr Crow who outlined the purpose of the Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) and the objectives to meet the risks identified within the County, including six proposals for change which enable the service to do this effectively, all aligned with the Council Pan. The Chief Fire Officer advised the CRMP is focused on achieving statutory objectives and improving the Service. Consultation had taken place with the public and risks identified were responded to in the plan.
47.2 Cllr Boram, Chairman of the Fire and Rescue Service Scrutiny Committee advised as part of the scrutiny process, the risks facing West Sussex were reviewed and the dynamic nature of the county was recognised. The Committee considered the change in response to unwanted false alarms in low-risk commercial properties and agreed with the approach of a risk based and managed approach. The Committee were happy to support the CRMP 2022-26.
47.3 Cllr Lord, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group supported the increased firefighter and weekend cover and considered the importance of cultural behaviours for the service now and into the future. Cllr Lord questioned the impact of response times for real incidents in relation to the changes to the management of false alarms, and that changes to road infrastructure and the improved safety of waste and recycling sites could help alleviate pressures on the Fire service.
47.4 Cllr Waight felt the document is well laid out and accessible and that it clearly defines what it would deliver for residents. Cllr Waight advised the Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Fire and Rescue and Chief Fire Officer were well placed to answer any technical questions relating to the content of the plan and encouraged members to do so if they had queries. The Leader added the report demonstrated the diversity emerging in the county and how the service was responding to and prioritising this.
47.5 Resolved - that Cabinet approves the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Community Risk Management Plan 2022-26 for publication.