Fire service volunteers receive grant

Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. Taken at County Hall, Lewes. 11/10/13 SUS-140704-144243001

Katy Bourne, PCC for Sussex. Taken at County Hall, Lewes. 11/10/13 SUS-140704-144243001

The East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) Community Volunteer Scheme has received a grant of £4,987.03 from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund.

ESFRS volunteer recruitment support officer, Claire Harris, joined Katy Bourne and representatives from more than 60 other local organisations who had also been awarded funding at a special celebration showcase event recently held in Lewes.

The Safe as Houses Project will support the work of Sussex Police and Victim Support around burglary prevention and after-incident support.

Commenting on the funding award, Claire said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund, which will provide education and support to our communities, and help householders in burglary hotspots from becoming victims of crime.”

Commending ESFRS on its successful bid, Mrs Bourne said, “The Safe as Houses Project is a great example of an innovative local project that aims to make our communities safer. The Safer in Sussex Community Fund was launched to help communities tackle crime and disorder and I am very pleased with the level of response we received during the first round of applications.

“I look forward to visiting the team of ESFRS Community Volunteers and following the progress of the project over the coming months.”

The ESFRS Community Volunteer Scheme is managed by 3VA - a council for voluntary service, supporting voluntary and community services across the area. The Eastbourne office is based on Saffrons Road. For more information, visit www.3va.org.uk.

To keep up-to-date with the latest news from the ESFRS, visit www.esfrs.org/news.




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