Monday, 29 April 2013

Firefighters attend serious Crowborough house fire

More than thirty firefighters were called to a house fire in Beacon Road, Crowborough, at the weekend (27th April) at 4.40pm.

Six appliances attended from Crowborough, Uckfield, Mayfield, Wadhurst, the Control Unit from Lewes, along with the Aerial Ladder Platform from Eastbourne, which remained there until 8.21pm.

Initially, it was thought that there were persons trapped inside but following a thorough search of the property it was found to be empty. 

Upon arrival, flames were seen coming through the roof and large amounts of smoke drifting from the property, which sparked a concerned neighbour to contact East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. 

Borough Commander Nigel Cusack Crews said: “Crews worked under arduous conditions and brought the severe fire in the roof space under control, which had started to affect the ceilings above the first floor.

The fire is thought to be accidental but is under investigation.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fire in London Road, Bexhill

On 24th April at 7.22am, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service responded to an emergency call at Thalia House, London Road, Bexhill.

Two fire engines from Bexhill responded and an informative message was received from crews at 7.33am confirming smoke issuing and outlining that people were trapped by the smoke within the three storey building.

Two further fire engines from Hastings, The Ridge and Bohemia Road, were dispatched to the scene and crews confirmed the fire was on the 2nd floor of the building. Firefighters used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to tackle the fire, which went up to eight breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.

The Control Unit from Bexhill was dispatched. Firefighters rescued two people from the property. At 7.53am a further two appliances from Battle and Herstmonceux were sent.

Crews performed a full search of the building and further casualties were rescued and led to safety from within the building. They were then transferred to the care of the Ambulance service.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Eastbourne is a safer place to live, visit and work

Eastbourne was a safer place to live and work in 2012/13 according to Eastbourne’s Fire & Rescue Service Borough Commander, Dave Sheppard. The recently published performance data for Eastbourne indicates that there have been some excellent results over the last 12 months with some significant improvements in relation to fire safety, in particular: -

  • There were no fatalities as a result of accidental dwelling fires in Eastbourne in 2012/13
  • Over 1500 home safety visits were delivered of which 82% were to the most vulnerable within Eastbourne
  • A significant reduction in deliberate fires was achieved with only 14 deliberate vehicle fires and 68 other deliberate fires
  • Our firefighters attended 85% of life threatening incidents within 8 minutes (target of 60%) and 97% of life threatening incidents within 13 minutes (target of 90%)
  • 96% of fires were confined to their room of origin
  • The number of automatic fire alarm calls was reduced by 23%

Dave Sheppard said: ‘It was particularly pleasing to see such a large drop in incidents of deliberate fires which were nearly 50% below what was anticipated at the start of the year.

“There are a number of reasons behind this real improvement such as the increasing value of metal, so we no longer see scrap vehicles left at the roadside as an attraction to firesetters and the really poor weather has also contributed.

He continued: “We also need commercial properties to continue to make sure that they manage their rubbish appropriately and don’t leave waste in areas where it is easily accessible. Ultimately it is down to the residents and visitors to Eastbourne who value their surroundings and work hard to maintain their local environment and with less fires occurring it means that Eastbourne is a safer place to live, visit and work.”

Dave added: “I would also like to congratulate all of my Prevention, Protection and Response staff who have worked extremely hard to deliver these improvements and also recognise the contribution of some excellent partnership working within the local Joint Action Group and Community Safety Partnership which allows a range of partners to work together in supporting the local community.”

This coming year (2013/14) will see Eastbourne’s Firefighters, Community Team and Protection Officers aiming to maintain these high levels of performance as well as seeking to implement some changes to ensure that they continue to support front line services efficiently.”

Monday, 22 April 2013

Fire in Eastern Road, Kemp Town

On 20thApril at 11.44am, crews from Preston Circus and Roedean responded to a fire in a basement flat of a property in Eastern Road, Kemp Town.

Crews reported smoke issuing and used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.