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A revisit by inspectors has reported that West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has made ‘tangible improvements’ in a number of areas.


Inspectors noted ‘a clear commitment’ by the fire service and West Sussex County Council to make improvements.


They said they could see an accelerated pace with the improvement work over the past few months, mitigating the risk to public safety. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services revisited the service last month, following an inspection in November, 2018.


In a letter to the chief fire officer, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, they said there were ‘tangible improvements’ with prevention and protection activities.


The inspectors went to five stations, spoke to staff in areas where they identified issues, and interviewed those responsible for implementing the service’s action plan.


They noted staff told them they felt supported and included in the improvement work, especially new IT solutions. They praised the service’s new programme management office’s ability to support driving these improvements forward.


In her conclusion, Dru Sharpling, the lead HMI Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services, said: “During this revisit we found a clear commitment from you and the county council to make the improvements the service needs. You recognise that more action is necessary, but we have seen tangible improvements, especially within the last four months, in mitigating the risks to public safety we identified.”

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