|Dave Sheppard, Eastbourne Borough Commander|
Dave Sheppard has recently taken over the reins as Borough Commander for Eastbourne with responsibility for managing the response, protection and prevention activity within the Borough on behalf of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
Dave has been an operational firefighter in East Sussex for over 22 years and has recently returned from leading the UK’s Fire & Rescue Marine Response where he had responsibility for responding to fires and other incidents on large vessels anywhere within the UK search & rescue region.
He said: “My main aim is to ensure that staff continue to make Eastbourne a safer place to work, live and visit. I am very aware of the high regard people have for their firefighters and the expectation that when our assistance is needed we respond quickly and effectively, whilst ensuring that we maintain the very highest operational standards.
“As an enforcing agency we also ensure that fire safety legislation is complied with so that people who use and work in buildings covered by this legislation are properly protected. We use our fire safety expertise to offer people advice on how to keep themselves as safe as possible in Eastbourne and we have a dedicated community safety team who can provide a home safety visit to vulnerable people within the community and assess the risks in their home, offer guidance and fit smoke alarms free of charge.
“In these financially challenging times the Fire & Rescue Service recognises the benefits of working with partners to ensure that services are delivered as efficiently as possible and in Eastbourne work within the Community Safety Partnership addresses the main concerns of the community around the quality of life, the quality of the environment as well as crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Dave added: “We try and be proactive by intervening before concerns become real problems and use different approaches to get our messages across whether it’s fire safety, road safety, anti-social behaviour or health & well-being issues.
“This year will be a very busy and exciting one for Eastbourne with a significant number of high profile events being organised to attract both local residents and visitors to the town and Eastbourne’s firefighters will be playing an active part in supporting them and making them happen. I am delighted to be working in such a forward looking and proactive town as Eastbourne and am keen to play my part in ensuring that the town remains a safe and vibrant place in which to live, work and visit.”
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