Friday, 31 August 2012

Partners fly the flag with pride

East Sussex County Council, Sussex Police and the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are showing their support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans-gender (LGBT) community by raising the Pride flag at County Hall in Lewes.

County Council Leader Peter Jones was joined by Chief Fire Officer, Des Prichard and Chief Constable Martin Richards this week to fly the flag at the Council’s headquarters - ahead of the main Pride celebrations in Brighton at the weekend.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Chief Executive and Chief Fire Officer said:

“I am delighted on behalf of East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to show our continuing support to the Pride event. The Pride event is a fantastic celebration of the diverse communities we serve.

“East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is fully committed to demonstrating our commitment to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender equality and we are proud to be walking in the Pride parade, promoting community cohesion.”

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Heathfield firefighters reach for the sky!

A team of firefighters from Heathfield community fire station have taken part in a sponsored skydive and raised £1,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity.

The event took place at Chiltern Aerodrome, just outside Reading, on Sunday 26th August and the team, which included Firefighter Jason Bessant, Firefighter Tom Backhouse, Firefighter Cameron Maxwell, Firefighter Matt Emery and Crew Manager Matt Wilsher along with his son Toby, all took part in a tandem style parachute jump.

The team were all accompanied by an instructor, and jumped out of the plane at a height of 12,000 feet. Luckily everyone landed roughly where they were supposed to with no reports of injuries!

Firefighter, Matt Emery said: “The team all did really well. It was a fantastic experience and I’d highly recommend it. We are all really pleased we were able to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity in the process.”

The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK's leading provider of services that enhance the quality of life for serving and retired fire fighters, fire personnel and their families. Over the years, the charity has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.

It costs £9 million a year to keep the Charity running and with no government funding they are completely reliant on fundraising.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Company fined for obstructing Fire Officers

On 28 August 2012, Genus UK Ltd of Alpha House, Regis Road, Kentish Town, London, were convicted for a breach of Fire Safety legislation relating to their premises, Select Stores - located in the Arndale Centre, Eastbourne.  Business owners across East Sussex are being advised to pay attention to their legal obligations to ensure that their premises are safe from fire and in particular to ensure that they fully co-operate with enforcement officers.

Genus UK Ltd who owns Select Stores, were fined £650.00 and ordered to pay costs of £2100.00 by Eastbourne Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to breaches of Fire Safety legislation relating to their premises in the Arndale Centre. 

Following a complaint regarding fire safety issues, a Fire Safety Inspector from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) visited the premises and identified a number of possible breaches of fire legislation. As a result, a formal request was made by ESFRS requiring Genus UK to provide information on how they were complying with specific areas of fire legislation. Genus UK Ltd failed to comply with this formal request, which is an offence under the legislation.

Richard Fowler, Head of Protection for ESFRS said:

“East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all owners and occupiers of buildings of their legal responsibility to protect their occupiers and any staff against the risk of fire. The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety very seriously and especially so the duty to provide information when requested, as this is fundamental to enabling Inspectors to carry out their statutory functions.

“It is disappointing that Genus UK Ltd failed in their duty to provide information as requested, as this failure has frustrated us in carrying out our duties and has also incurred extra time and effort that we could have used elsewhere.”

Friday, 24 August 2012

Fire in Cambridge Grove, Hove

At 3.47am on 24th August, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service received an emergency call regarding a fire at a property in Cambridge Grove, Hove.

Two fire appliances were immediately dispatched from Hove. On arrival, crews found the roof space well alight and an additional two fire appliances and an Aerial Ladder Platform were dispatched from Preston Circus.

Fortunately, the occupier of the flat was awoken by her dogs and managed to escape from the property.

Crews tackled the blaze using hose reel jets and breathing apparatus. A further three fire appliances were sent to the scene from Roedean, Shoreham and Seaford.

Mark Rist, City Borough Commander said: “The occupier of the property was extremely fortunate to be woken up by her dogs as there was not a working smoke alarm in the property. This incident highlights how important it is to have a working smoke alarm. In the event of a fire, it will give you valuable seconds to escape from the property. It could save your family's lives.

If you need advice on fire safety in the home, please contact the Community Safety department 0800 177 7069.