Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Fire at Victoria Tyre Centre, Hastings

On 26th March at 3.48pm, The Ridge, Hastings crews responded to a fire at the Victoria Tyre Centre, Victoria Avenue, Hastings. 
On arrival, crews reported smoke issuing. One male casualty was injured in the fire and crews requested an ambulance, which arrived promptly at the scene. A further casualty was later transferred to hospital.
The fire was at the rear of the workshop and crews used two breathing apparatus and one hose reel to tackle the flames. A Positive Pressure Ventilation fan was also used. The stop message was received at 4.09pm. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

House fire in Jevington Drive, Seaford

On 25th March at 10.53pm, Seaford crews attended a house fire in Jevington Drive, Seaford. 
The fire was in the first floor bedroom. Crews used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets. The stop message was received at 11.40pm. 

Animal rescue - Crowborough

On 25th March at 09.17am, crews from Crowborough and Heathfield attended an animal rescue incident in Burnt Oak, Crowborough, involving an 18 month old mare.
The small horse, who had not been very well,  had fallen over and become trapped in mud. Crowborough crews lifted the horse using the Unimog. The animal rescue team successfully uprighted the horse and waited with the animal, supporting her weight whilst she regained feeling in her feet. 
A vet was in attendance at the scene and crews assisted the vet in moving the horse to the stables. The horse was left safely in the care of its owners.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Technical Rescue Unit called out in Lewes

At 12.30am on 24th March, a fire appliance from Lewes was mobilised to a road traffic collision in Church Hill, Ringmer, to make the scene safe. 
On arrival crews found a car had collided with a parked car, which had resulted in the parked car being pushed into a domestic garage and blocking the entrance to the adjacent house. One female driver was taken to hospital. 
Crews assisted recovery in making the scene safe and undertook a check of the structures, On inspection it was found the garage had suffered significant impact which compromised the gas and mains electric to the property. 
Prior to the amenity engineers entering the property to ensure the services were safe, the Technical Rescue Unit was requested from Lewes. The team spent just over one hour working with building control to make the building safe, enabling engineers to carry out appropriate safety checks.
Crews left the scene at 03.10am.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Road Traffic Collision - Battle

On 17th March at 12.58pm, crews from Battle and Bohemia Road, Hastings, responded to a road traffic collision on Hastings Road, Battle.

The incident involved three private vehicles. Four people were transferred to hospital by Ambulance.

Primary school children design fire safety posters

A talented group of primary school children won the chance to visit their local fire station after recently winning a fire safety poster competition.

Twelve pupils from Manor Primary School, Rocks Park Primary School and St Philip's School in Uckfield designed the winning posters, which were part of a competition organised as part of the national Fire Kills campaign.

They were invited along to Uckfield fire station on Saturday 16th March to help out with a charity car wash and got stuck in, helping to clean the cars!

Their winning posters will soon be displayed on the front of Uckfield fire station.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Road traffic collision, Five Ashes

On 19th March at 4.01pm, crews from Uckfield and Crowborough responded to a road traffic collision on the A272, Five Ashes.

The incident involved two cars with one person trapped. The Police and Ambulance Service were also in attendance at the scene. One casualty was released from the vehicle. 

Friday, 8 March 2013

Firefighters attend three-vehicle collision along A27

Lewes and Brighton firefighters were called to assist at a three-vehicle collision along the A27 eastbound this morning (8th March) at 8.15am.

Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to cut the roof and doors of one of the vehicles and were able to free a woman driver from the wreckage. The casualty was treated by paramedics and then taken to hospital.

Firefighters remained at the scene for just under an hour and assisted the other emergency services, as well as making the area safe.

The collision caused significant traffic delays during the morning rush hour period between Falmer and the Kingston roundabout.

Firefighters rescue man after a fall from side of building

Firefighters assisted paramedics after a man fell from the second-floor of a building in Hove.

The man was attempting to regain access to his apartment, after becoming locked out, but as he climbed up at the rear of the property, to reach a balcony, a drainpipe broke and he fell to the ground.

Paramedics were unable to gain access via the front of the property in Albany Villas, Hove, on 7th March at 8.47am and so East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called in to assist. The Service sent a fire engine from Hove and an Aerial Ladder Platform from Brighton to the incident.

Due to the difficult access to the rear of the garden firefighters reached the casualty after removing fence panels at the back of the property.

Paramedics were then able to treat the man at the scene and he was then taken to hospital.

Crew Manager Jamie Roberts has this safety message: “If you get locked out we would urge you to contact a locksmith and not to put your life in danger by climbing up the side of the building.”

Hove firefighters attend RTC

Hove firefighters were on hand to assist paramedics following a road traffic collision involving an ambulance and a car.

Two crews from Hove attended and used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a driver from a car, involved in the collision along the Old Shoreham Road, on 6thMarch.

Firefighters arrived at the scene at 23.13pm and remained there for an hour.

The casualty was cut free from the vehicle, after firefighters removed the door, and he was carried out using a longboard. The man was then left in the hands of paramedics and then taken to hospital.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Firefighters rescue man in St Leonards-on-Sea

The importance of a working smoke alarm has been highlighted by an incident in which a man had to be rescued by firefighters from a property in St Leonards-on-Sea.

A fire started in a kitchen in a flat within a house of multiple-occupancy in the early hours of 3rdMarch. Three fire engines from Hastings, as well as the Aerial Ladder Platform, attended the incident in Charles Road West, St Leonards-on-Sea at 3.07am and remained at the scene until 4.46am.

Eight people had already self-evacuated and firefighters, wearing breathing apparatus, forced entry into the flat where they found a 59-year-old man asleep in the kitchen. He was rescued by crews and he was given oxygen at the scene and then taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

A Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan was used to blow smoke from within the building. The cause of the fire was found to be accidental due to overcooked food.

Watch Manager Lee Mepham said: “It is important to ensure that all properties have working smoke alarms and that they are regularly maintained. We would also call upon those responsible for properties to maintain these fire alarm systems.”

Overcooked food sparks Eastbourne fire

Firefighters were called out to a property in Eastbourne after a pan of overcooked food sparked a fire.

Three fire engines from Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay attended this incident in Dallington Road, Hampden Park East, Eastbourne, at 9.22pm yesterday (4th March).

The cause of the fire is accidental and a Home Safety Visit was carried out.

You can't turn back time: will you promise to keep your family safe?

Test your smoke alarms when you change your clocks! 

Firefighters in East Sussex are supporting a new video from the Fire Kills campaign urging people to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks this month. 

The video 'On your child's life' can be seen on You Tube.
Dramatically highlighting what is at stake in a house fire, it shows a young boy exploring the burnt-out shell of his former home, examining his old toys, and asks people to make a life-saving promise - to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks over the Easter weekend.
A working smoke alarm can buy you and your family the valuable time you need to get out, stay out and call 999. But you are more than four times as likely to die in a house fire if you don't have a working smoke alarm. 

Many people will already have a list of household tasks and DIY plans for the long weekend, so why not add this simple test on to the list. It is also a family time so a perfect opportunity to test alarms for older relatives who might find it hard to reach their alarms but who are often at greater risk. 

By pushing the 'test' button on every smoke alarm, people could save the lives of their nearest and dearest - children, parents and friends alike. 

Community Safety Officer for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Steve Wright, said:
"A working smoke alarm is a proven life-saver and is absolutely essential to keep you and your family safe. But only half of all householders who own a smoke alarm say that they test it is working on a regular basis.

"We'll all be losing an hours sleep when the clocks change, let's make sure that's all people lose. Don't take the chance on your family's life. Promise to test your alarms during the clock change weekend, and let's make it a household habit."