Thursday, 31 May 2012

51st LIFE Course


The LIFE project is a one week intensive course that provides an opportunity for us to engage with young people aged 13-17 years.

LIFE courses are run by a number of authorities nationwide and have been running in East Sussex since 2005.

These young people;

  • May be struggling in the community and been identified as being at risk of offending or have been identified as an offender.
  • Or are struggling at home and in need of some constructive, positive influence to help cope with low self-esteem.

The legacy of the course will be a change in outlook for those who participate and the reduction in the likelihood of their continuing to commit offences or becoming embroiled in either anti-social or criminal behaviour.

For those with low self-esteem, the course will provide an impetus for self improvement and self belief.

There are places for 14 young people on each course and we aim to run 6 courses a year.

Currently the courses are held alternately in Bexhill and Hove but young people can be referred from across East Sussex.

To open up opportunities for more referrals across the whole of East Sussex we will be increasing the number of fire stations where the courses can be held.

You can contact us for more details and to make a referral or you can complete a referral form [pdf, 1.1M, opens in new tab] and send it to us at our contact address.

This news report  about the LIFE course appeared on BB South Today on Wednesday 30 May 2012

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Blazing Saddles road-trip is a rip-roaring success

Eastbourne Blazing Saddles team are on the final leg of their 1000 miles road-trip to raise money for two charities.

Fifteen firefighters from Green Watch, based at Eastbourne Community Fire Station, will today (29th May) arrive back on home ground after a four-day tour of the British Isles on scooters.

They have been busy fundraising for CLIC Sargent, a charity which looks after children suffering with cancer and leukaemia, as well as the Fire Fighters Charity and have now raised more than £11,000.

St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School, in Eastbourne, supported the team by kindly raising £300. With this money the Blazing Saddles team purchased an X-Box to present to Belfast City Hospital while on their road trip.

As an added treat the Watch also arranged for the local fire service to send along a fire engine to coincide with the presentation of the X-Box at the children’s ward – which is one of the UK's specialist children's cancer and leukaemia treatment centres. Two of the members of staff there work for the CLIC Sargent charity and were delighted with the surprise.

From Ireland Crew Manager Bob Newton said it’s been a humbling experience for the watch.

“How lucky are we to have three days of sunshine, with morale high and everything going extremely well we are having a lovely time. We visited the children’s ward where all the children there have problems with cancer.

“One little boy had not smiled for weeks and his mum was so pleased that our visit had brought a smile to his little face. This is the first time that I have been among so many youngsters with health problems and it was a very emotional experience and very humbling.

“All of us feel the same way and are passionate that what we are doing is so worthwhile and the money that we give to CLIC Sargent will help improve these youngsters’ lives. The children were delighted with their X-box and so a big thank you to the students at St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School.”

Dishwasher warning

Homeowners are being warned not to leave their dishwasher running at night while they sleep just in case it catches fire.

Two fire engines from Eastbourne and Hailsham were sent to a dishwasher fire yesterday (28th May) at 8.22pm in Rye Close, Polegate. Luckily the occupants were awake when the fire broke out and no-one was injured.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used carbon dioxide to tackle the fire and home safety advice was given at the scene to those living at the property. Crews left the scene at 8.42pm.

Overnight round-up

Coach fire

Hove firefighters were called out to a coach fire along the A27 Westbound yesterday (28th May) at 9.36am.

Two fire engines attended the incident, made the area safe, and left the scene at 9.47am.

Rescue from locked car

Firefighters are urging drivers to be careful not to lock themselves, pets or children inside their car, especially in this hot weather.

Brighton firefighters were on hand to rescue a person trapped inside their car at Hollingbury Park Golf, Ditchling Road, Brighton, yesterday (28th May) at 10.11am.

The crew successfully freed the person.

Meanwhile, Hove firefighters came to the rescue of a toddler locked inside a car on the same day at 4.26pm in Blatchington Road. The crew managed to release the three-year-old without injury.

Toddler rescued from bathroom

Bexhill firefighters came to the rescue of an 18-month-old toddler stuck in the downstairs bathroom at a property in Terminus Road, Bexhill, yesterday (28th May) at 6.18pm. The hapless youngster was found trapped and had to be rescued by the crew.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Weekend Incidents

Hastings Country Park Fire

Firefighters were called to Hastings Country Park, in Fairlight Road, Hastings, yesterday (27th May) at 9.31am after reports of a fire.

The fire was out upon arrival and the Country Park Ranger informed. The cause is thought to be deliberate.

Hastings crash

Firefighters were called to a two-vehicle collision along Junction Road, yesterday (27thMay) at 10.11am. Two crews from Hastings remained on the scene until 10.43am and assisted police and paramedics by making the vehicles and area safe for the public.

Car fire

Brighton firefighters were called out to a deliberate car fire in Stanmer Park, Lewes Road, yesterday (27th May) at 10.53am. When the two fire engines arrived on the scene the car was still smoking but had burnt out and they remained on the scene until 11.42am.

Woman given oxygen after being trapped in lift

A woman in her fifties had to be given oxygen by Eastbourne firefighters after being trapped in a lift at Barbuda Quay, Sovereign Harbour South, in the searing heat.

A crew was sent to help the woman at 11.59am yesterday (27th May) and they remained on the scene until 12.23pm. The woman was tended to by crews and there was no need to call for an ambulance.

Camper Van on fire

Firefighters had to wear breathing apparatus and used one hose reel jet, as well as firefighting foam (1-in-7 foam), to tackle a camper van fire.

Eastbourne firefighters were called to Chiswick Place, Central, yesterday (27thMay) at 2.20pm and were there for around an hour.

The crew were on-hand to stem the flow of around 40 litres of petrol which was running off into a nearby drain. Both South East Water and the Environment Agency were contacted by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service informing them of the spillage.

Mattress set on fire

Hastings firefighters were called out after a mattress was set fire to in the children’s play park, in Blackman Avenue, yesterday at 5.36pm. It took minutes for the crew to put the fire out with a hose reel.

Fire started in Brighton woods

Brighton firefighters were called out to a deliberate fire started in Coney Wood, Mill Road, Patcham, yesterday (27th May) at 7.10pm. The crew remained at the scene for just over half an hour and Sussex Police were contacted.

Skate park fire

Brighton firefighters were called out to investigate a fire reported to be at the back of the skate ramp in Coney Woods, London Road, Saturday (26th May) at 10.04am.

A crew were there for around half-an-hour and located the small fire in the wood. The cause is believed to be deliberate.

Hastings Academy School

Two fire engines were sent to a fire at the back of Hastings Academy School where gorse was reported to be on fire.

Crews arrived at the school along Rye Road, Hastings, at 10am and remained at the scene until 11.06am.

Firefighters managed to get the fire under control and spent time damping down to ensure the fire was fully out.

House fire in Hove

Brighton and Hove firefighters were called out to a house fire in Saint Leonards Road, Hove, on Saturday (26thMay) at 10.46am. Three fire engines attended and firefighters tackled the fire wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel and one main jet.

Brighton motorhome fire

A motorhome accidentally caught fire in Eastwick Close, Patcham, Brighton, on Saturday (26th May) at 11.39am. Two fire engines attended the incident and firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to tackle the blaze.

Two-vehicle collision in Seaford

An elderly man was taken to hospital following a two-vehicle collision in The Esplanade, Seaford, on Saturday (26th May) at 2.15pm. Seaford firefighters attended and made the area safe for the public, remaining at the scene until 3.30pm. Both the ambulance service and police attended.

Oven fire in Brighton

Four fire engines, along with the Aerial Ladder Platform, were sent to a kitchen fire on the Bristol Estate, Brighton, on Saturday (26th May) at 3.21pm.

Crews tackled the fire wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel jet. No-one was injured in the fire, which originated from the oven.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Improving life chances for young people

On 28th May 2012, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will begin its 51st LIFE (Local Intervention Fire Course), which will be based from Hove fire station. 

Now in its 7th year running in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove, the LIFE course is aimed at young people who are struggling at school, home or in the community. It also includes those that just need some time out to get their lives back together.

The course is designed specifically to challenge young people aged 13-17 who may benefit from time within a uniformed & disciplined environment. We look to raise self-esteem, self-confidence, self-motivation and self-respect.

It’s a tough week and the participants are pushed to their limits. All young people overcome personal challenges and achieve many goals. During the course the participants are treated as their own ‘Watch’ and develop skills and techniques to improve their team work, discipline and boundaries.

They will experience a range of activities including using ladders to climb to the top of the tower, wearing breathing apparatus and carrying out search and rescue techniques. There are also a range of classroom based activities, where participants will look at consequences of actions, amongst many other things.

The course culminates with a ‘Passing out Parade.’ Invitations to the event are sent to the young people’s family or carers and staff and senior officers from the Fire Service attend. It’s an extremely poignant experience with each individual acknowledged and credited.

Anyone who has a responsibility for young people, whether they are an organisation, parent or guardian, can refer to the LIFE Programme and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will do our upmost to provide as many places as we can.

Dan Channon, Arson and Incident Reduction Team Manager, who’s organising the 51stLIFE course said:

“The LIFE programme gives East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service the opportunity to engage with young people within our local communities and break down barriers between young people and firefighters.

“We hope that it will help to reduce call-outs, fire deaths and injuries and also improve the safety of fire crews and the communities they serve. We want to work toward better outcomes for young people, helping them stay healthy and safe, to enjoy life and achieve their potential.

As East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service receive no additional funding for running this programme we are always keen to work with local companies who might consider funding a full course or individual places to provide more opportunities for local young people. To find out more please contact the team on 0303 999 1000 and ask for LIFE, by email, life@esfrs.orgor visit our website,

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Road traffic collision in Peacehaven

On 22nd May at 09.41am, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received a call from South East Coast Ambulance Service regarding a road traffic collision at South Coast Road, Peacehaven.

A fire engine from Newhaven and one from Roedean were immediately dispatched to the scene. Upon arrival, one person was confirmed as trapped in a private vehicle.

Crews used hydraulic equipment to remove the roof of the vehicle and extricated the casualty, who was subsequently transferred to hospital.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Incident round-up

Hastings wood fire

Firefighters were called out to a deliberate fire at Dog Kennel Woods, in Harley Shute Road, yesterday (21st May) afternoon at 1.18pm.

The fire was located within a tree cutting and a flexpack (a backpack water reservoir with a hose attachment) was used by firefighters to access the remote outdoor area, 

Accidental fire in Eastbourne

Two fire engines were sent to a property in Norway Road, Seaside, yesterday (21st May) at 2.41pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus and using one hose reel tackled the fire which was found to be accidental.

Hastings washing machine fire

Three fire engines and the Aerial Ladder Platform were called to a washing machine fire at The Bourne, Old Town, Hastings, yesterday (21st May) at 3.01pm. It took just ten minutes to get the incident under control, resulting in heat and smoke damage. A Home Safety Visit was carried out following the incident.

Man falls through roof

Newhaven firefighters were called to assist paramedics following an incident where a man fell through a roof at a property in Bramber Avenue, Peacehaven.

The crew were on hand to offer assistance for an hour after being called out at 3.09pm yesterday (21stMay).

Extractor fan fire

Brighton firefighters were called to Duke Street yesterday (21st May) at 4.09pm after reports of a small fire on the first floor of a property.

Two fire engines and the Aerial Ladder Platform attended and extinguished the fire which was located in the extractor fan. Crews remained at the scene after the fire had been extinguished until 5.07pm, and cut away parts of the wall and ceiling cavity to ensure there was no fire spread.

Scout hut fire

Hastings firefighters were called out to save a scout hut, in Linley Drive, at 5.04pm after it was deliberately set fire to yesterday (21st May). They were there until 5.22pm ensuring that the area was made safe.

Bench set on fire

Eastbourne firefighters were called to an incident at Longland Park, in Longland Road, Old Town, following reports that a bench had been set fire to yesterday (21stMay) at 7.26pm.

Help given to elderly woman and toddler

An elderly woman and toddler required help from Hove firefighters following a fire in Payne Avenue, yesterday (21st May) at 7.52pm.

The fire was located near a shed at the rear of the property and one hose reel jet was used to put it out. A woman in her 80s suffered breathing problems after inhaling the smoke and a four-year-old was checked over as a precautionary measure.

Firefighters asked for an ambulance to be sent to the incident and a Home Safety Visit was offered to the occupants following the incident.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Firefighters come to the rescue of a sleeping woman

A Brighton woman who had fallen asleep in her flat while she left chips cooking in the oven had a surprise awakening when she found that firefighters had entered her property.

A concerned neighbour went to investigate after the burnt food set-off the smoke alarm in her apartment.

Even though he had a spare key to enter the property the chain was on and he was unable to reach the woman.

This was the moment that East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were alerted and three fire engines were mobilised to the property in Blackman Street, Brighton, at 23.34pm last night (20th May).

Crew Manager Sean Beales said:

“We forced entry and once inside gave the lady a little nudge to wake her and checked her over to ensure that she was fine. We entered the smoke-logged kitchen and ensured there was no fire and the area was made safe.

"We would like to remind people about the dangers of cooking late at night and to always keep a watchful eye on your food while cooking. Never leave any cooking unattended because you could not only be putting your lives in danger but others as well. This type of call out is surprisingly common and many are still unaware of how dangerous it is to leave cooking unattended.
"May I also take this opportunity to remind people to check their smoke alarms on a weekly basis and never be tempted to remove the batteries, even for a short period of time.”

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Fire & Rescue Service Charity Football Match

Albion in the Community has worked alongside the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for six years, to save lives and prevent injuries through the power of football, and last weekend the two teamed-up to host a charity game at the Amex, raising funds for the Connor Saunders Defibrillator Memorial Fund.

Following the recent tragic passing of local non-league footballer Saunders, and Fabrice Muamba's near-death experience at Tottenham, East and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service wanted to achieve something positive to assist others in the future.

Firefighter Dave Amiet, project manager for the Coaching for a Safer Community initiative, took part in the annual fixture and has worked in partnership with AITC since the project began, implementing specially adapted sessions to educate on fire prevention, planning escape routes, arson reduction, road safety, and many other areas of fire safety.

He told, "When Albion moved to Withdean they kindly let the Fire Service use the pitch and facilities to play a match, which raised funds for selected charities. We are extremely grateful to everyone at the club for allowing us to continue with the match this year at the Amex."

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service lined up against their West Sussex counterparts pre-match for a minute's silence to remember those that have passed away in the last year. Understandably, the match proved a popular draw for the firefighters and kit was in short supply.

"I'd like to thank the club again for helping us out! They leant us two full kits; East Sussex were away, and West Sussex wore the traditional blue and white."

All players and officials paid £20 to play and collection buckets were passed around on the day. The match was watched by over 200 people and played in a great spirit with West Sussex winning 3-2, and over £1,007 was raised on the day.

Visit for more information about the Coaching for a Safer Community initiative.

This article by Dan Tester originally appeared on the Brighton & Hove Albion Website