The office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner has contacted West Sussex County Council to say it will commission a study to look at whether there is a case to take control of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (FRS).
The fire service is currently part of the County Council and sits at the heart of the authority’s Communities and Public Protection Directorate.
As well as always being there for people in times of need, the service works directly with communities preventing fires and accidents, making them stronger, safer and more resilient.
Fire officers also work across towns and parishes in the county identifying older residents who are isolated so that they can get the support they need to stay independent. They work with Trading Standards to help address the growing problem of scams, provide schemes to help young people in times of trouble and step in to support communities to prevent problems like flooding.
They also carry out thousands of home fire safety checks every single year and visit hundreds of schools.
West Sussex County Council believes the FRS should remain as part of the County Council where it can continue this work.
This closes on the 30th September 2016.