Monday, 30 April 2012

Warning to cooking enthusiasts

Lovers of cooking are being warned to keep a close eye on anything in the oven following two recent kitchen fires.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called out to a flat in Hollingbury, Brighton, on Friday (27th April) at 10.09am where the smell of smoke was reported. Crews from Brighton and Hove attended, including the Aerial Ladder Platform.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property and used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire. A Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan was also used to clear smoke from the property and home safety advice was given to those living there. The cause of the fire is being attributed to overcooked food.

Meanwhile, Bexhill firefighters were called out to a property in Preston Road, Sidley, on Saturday afternoon at 3.45pm, after reports of an oven fire.

Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and used one hose reel to tackle the fire, as well as a Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan to clear the building of smoke. No-one was injured and a home safety visit was carried out.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking.

Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.

Find out how to keep safe while you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen.

Blustery weather results in call-outs for Fire Service

The windy, blustery weather resulted in call-outs for the Fire Service over the weekend.

Torrential rain and winds caused scaffolding to come loose at Saint Mary’s Hall School, Eastern Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, on Saturday (28th April) afternoon at 2.02pm.

Roedean firefighters ensured that the scaffolding company was contacted and made the area safe.

Meanwhile, at 3.21pm the same afternoon it was reported that scaffolding had come loose at Roedean Prep School, Eastern Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, and crews ensured that the area was made safe for the public.

Later the same day at 9.03pm Brighton firefighters were called out to reports of a dangerous structure, believed to be metal, on the roof of the Giraffe Restaurant, North Road, Brighton. Firefighters ensured the building was made safe for visitors at the restaurant.

The following day Brighton and Hove firefighters were called to Granville Road, in Hove, at 10.21am where part of a roof was reported hanging over the pavement. Crews were there for an hour and used the Aerial Ladder Platform to make the roof safe and also placed sheeting on the roof of the property.

A call was made to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Mobilising and Communications Centre reporting a fallen tree in Brighton, which had been blown over by the strong winds across a driveway, in Harrington Road at 10.32am.

Meanwhile, Hastings firefighters gave advice after being called to the Harrow Inn, The Ridge, St Leonards, on Sunday (29th April) at 10.44am following reports of flooding.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Fire at the Holiday Inn, Brighton

On 26th April at 23.20pm, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received an emergency call regarding a fire at the Holiday Inn, Kings Road, Brighton.

Two fire engines and an aerial ladder platform from Preston Circus along with two fire engines from Hove were immediately dispatched to the scene.

Guests were evacuated and a further fire engine from Roedean and a fire engine from Shoreham were dispatched.

Crews used breathing apparatus and 1:7 foam to tackle the fire in the electrical intake room in the sub-basement. A positive pressure ventilation fan was used to disperse the smoke.

Red Watch, Lewes, Charity Cycle Ride

Red Watch, Lewes, are taking up the challenge of cycling 170 miles around all the fire stations in East Sussex, over three days, to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and Samuels Children's Charity (a charity which provides support to families affected by childhood cancer.)

Starting on the 14th May to 16th May 2012, the team would be grateful for your support on their journey around the county.

Red Watch will also be fundraising on their training bike, in full fire kit, outside Tesco's in Lewes this Saturday morning between 9.30am and 1.00pm, so feel free to go along and support them!

Red Watch, Lewes, Charity Cycle Ride Itinerary:

14th May, Red Watch will be cycling to:
Preston Circus, Hove, Roedean, Newhaven, Seaford - lunch
Hailsham, Herstmonceux, Headquarters, Eastbourne, Pevensey

15th May, Red Watch will be cycling to:
Bexhill, Bohemia Road, The Ridge, Rye - lunch
Broad Oak, Battle, Burwash, Wadhurst

16th May, Red Watch will be cycling to:
Mayfield, Heathfield, Crowborough, Forest Row - lunch
Training Centre, Uckfield, Barcombe, back to Lewes!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Firefighters and police boxing for heroes

East Sussex firefighters and Sussex Police officers are aiming to raise £10,000 for Help for Heroes at their charity boxing match this Saturday (April 28th).

The event, organised by ex-serviceman, Lee Brown, will be taking place at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton. Tickets for the 12-match event are £15 each, with every £5 going towards the charity. Further contributions to the night's auction are being welcomed to help raise further funds for this very worthy cause.

The Sussex boxing event is one of 40 that have been taking place across the country, involving 1300 fighters that have raised £200,000 for the charity which supports men and women wounded in service.

For further information about the event, please visit or to make donations to the charity auction please contact

Fire at the Royal Oak Inn

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received an emergency call at 02.50am outlining a fire at the Royal Oak Inn, Pett, near Rye.

Two adults and a child were asleep in the building at the time and were woken by a smoke alarm sounding. The family found their normal exit blocked by smoke and made their way to their alternative escape route, which was a flat roof on the outside of the property.

One fire engine and an aerial ladder platform from Bohemia Road fire station were immediately dispatched along with two fire engines from The Ridge fire station, Hastings.

On arrival, crews rescued three people from the flat roof and used two breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish a fire in a tumble dryer.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Road traffic collision at Southerham roundabout, Lewes

On 24th April at 11.33am, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received a call from Sussex Police regarding a road traffic collision on the A27, at the Southerham roundabout, Lewes.

The incident involved one heavy goods vehicle (HGV) carrying 2 tonnes of scrap, which had overturned. One person was trapped inside the vehicle.

Two fire appliances were immediately dispatched from Lewes and Newhaven, along with the technical rescue unit from Lewes. Crews used hydraulic equipment to release the casualty, who was subsequently transferred to hospital by Ambulance.