Hampshire and Dorset's Fire Services were today rated 'good' in their first annual inspections. West Sussex though, did not fare as well.
Inspectors gave the county the lowest possible rating and said it was 'inadequate' and 'required improvement.' The damning report says the service is failing to protect the public as well as it should. The report also suggests and also suggest the service is failing to look after its own staff amid claims of bullying - especially against women.
West Sussex says it's already started to put things right. But unions say cutbacks are undermining the service.
Malcolm Shaw talked to Assistant Chief Fire Officer Neil Stocker, West Sussex Fire and Rescue, and Mick Cambers, Fire Brigades Union.