Executive Recruitment

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

The community we serve

West Sussex is home to more than 843,000 people, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The four largest towns are Bognor, Crawley, Horsham and Worthing, while 42% of the county’s population and more than half of businesses are located in rural areas.

Arun District has the highest proportion of residents with 19%, while Adur has the lowest at almost 8%. Almost 480,000 people, a little over 57% of the county population, are of working age. Almost 187,000 (22%) are over retirement age. West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service headquarters, as well as that of West Sussex County Council, are in Chichester.

The county includes part of the South Downs National Park and coastal areas. It has a number of stately homes, including Goodwood, Petworth House and Uppark, alongside Arundel Castle and Bramber Castle. More than half of our county is protected countryside, including the South Downs National Park. In addition, large areas of the county are designated as Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The county is the second most wooded in the UK – 19% woodland compared to the national average 9%. As well as major road and rail links, Gatwick Airport, which has – over 43 million passengers each year, is also located in the county. While the county is generally prosperous, low pay is a feature of the rural economy, and there are areas of deprivation.

Our Values

You will lead, promote and demonstrate the values of our organisation.

  • Trust and Support
  • Listen and Act Upon
  • Customer Centred
  • Honest and Realistic
  • Genuinely Valued

You will lead, promote and demonstrate the cultural ambition of our organisation:

‘To become an organisation which lives and breathes our values where all of our people are able to work in an empowered, collaborative and innovative way to make a real and positive difference to all our communities.’

How the West Sussex Fire Authority is run

West Sussex Fire Authority was constituted under section 4 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004. It is responsible for making sure that the West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service performs efficiently and in the best interest of the public and community it serves.

Fire and rescue authorities in England have a duty to regard the Fire and Rescue National Framework for England. This sets priorities and objectives in connection with the discharge of their functions:

Who acts as West Sussex Fire Authority

Under the constitution, the County Council’s Cabinet acts as the Fire Authority, with responsibility for decision-making sitting with the Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities.

How fire service performance is monitored

The Cabinet Member meets regularly with the Chief Fire Officer and sets clear strategic objectives for the fire service. These are included in the Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP). 

The Environment, Communities and Fire Select Committee is responsible for the overview and scrutiny of the fire service. The meetings of the committee at which fire service matters are considered are webcast to view online.

The committee’s business planning group considers Fire & Rescue Service performance data at its quarterly meetings. This group is an informal sub-group of committee members that undertakes work planning on behalf of the full committee. It refers any areas of concern to the main committee for formal scrutiny.

The IRMP and Annual Statement of Assurance are considered by the committee:

  • at the outset of the development process
  • before approval by the Cabinet Member and publication.