Thursday, 27 February 2014

Public Exhibition – Newhaven Project

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) has purchased land in Meeching Road, Newhaven for the development of a new Fire Station. The building is part of an integrated joint project with Sussex Police and Lewes District Council aimed to deliver a range of public services to residents in the Newhaven area. 
Plans are currently being developed for the site, and as part of this process, local people are being invited to view and comment on these at an exhibition being held on Saturday 8 March in Newhaven.

The new building will replace the currently dated Fire Station at Fort Road and supports both Lewes District Council and Sussex Police plans for the future. Councillor Phil Howson - Chairman for East Sussex Fire Authority, said: “By working together and sharing facilities, it aims to deliver significant savings to each organisation, both in terms of build and future running costs. The project will also enable better working partnerships to be forged between the partners and improved local facilities for the people of Newhaven”. 

Sussex Police’s Lewes District Commander, Chief Inspector Rob Leet, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Newhaven’s Neighbourhood Policing Team and our local partners to provide a joined up service. We’ll continue to be in the heart of the local community, making our services accessible and convenient. Working alongside partners is just one example of how Sussex Police is changing over the next few years to improve service for members of the public.”

The town’s Neighbourhood Policing Team will continue to be based at South Road Police Station until this new community hub is up and running.

Lewes District Council is keen to enhance the range of services that can be easily accessed by residents of Newhaven. This new facility will enable our “one stop shop” to deliver what our customers want.

The planning application is due to be submitted in April 2014 and, as part of this process, local people have the chance to view the proposals and ask questions. The exhibition will be on show at The Hillcrest Community Centre, Hill Crest Road, Newhaven, BN9 9EA on Saturday 8th March 2014 between 10am and 3pm. Plans will also be on display in the library.
Details of the consultation and draft design impressions can also be viewed at:

For further information or to respond to the consultation please contact Alice Smyth at

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Animal Rescue – Hailsham

On 25th February at 8.37am, crews from Herstmonceux responded to an animal rescue, where a horse had become stuck in mud near the Amenity Tip, Old Swan Lane, Hailsham.  

On arrival, crews confirmed that one horse, approximately 12 hands high was lying down in the mud. The Landrover and a Unimog were dispatched from Crowborough.

Animal Rescue Unit crews put strops underneath the horse and lifted the animal using the Unimog crane, onto firmer ground.

Crews then used warm water spray to help warm the horse up and remove mud from the animal.

A vet was also in attendance and the horse was given steroids and warmed up further. Once the horse was ready, it was hoisted upright into a standing position, with support from the strops.

The horse was then transferred into a horse box and taken to a nearby veterinary clinic.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Make a splash at your local fire station

Fire fighters up and down East Sussex are preparing to roll up their sleeves to take part in the National Car Wash this March, raising vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity's largest national fundraising event of the year. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year, there couldn’t be a better time for motorists to take their car along and have it washed in return for a donation. All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Des Prichard, said: “Monies raised through national fundraising initiatives provide a real boost to The Fire Fighters Charity. As well as being a fun and popular event for the charity.

“The National Car Wash also gives our fire fighters the opportunity to share important safety messages with members of their local community. We are delighted to be getting involved and would ask local people to come along and support the day”  

Car wash events are being held at the following stations across East Sussex:

  • Bexhill Community Fire Station, Beeching Road, Bexhill-On-Sea, TN39 3LG – Saturday 8th March between 10.00am – 3.00pm

  • Roedean Community Fire Station, Roedean Road, Roedean, BN2 5RA – Saturday 15th March between 10.00am – 4.00pm

  • Battle Community Fire Station, London Road, Battle, TN33 0EU – Saturday 15th March between 10.00 – 3.00pm
  • Crowborough Community Fire Station, Beacon Road, Crowborough, TN6 1AF - Saturday 8th March between 2.00pm - 5.30pm.  
  • Wadhurst Community Fire Station, High Street, Wadhurst, TN5 6BX – Saturday 1st March between 10:00am - 4:00pm
Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, John Parry, added: “The National Car Wash provides a vital source of income for our charity, as well as being a fun event with the opportunity for the Fire and Rescue Service to talk to members of the public about issues such as flooding, road safety and fire prevention.

“As a charity, we rely entirely upon donations from the general public and the fire and rescue community. We would like to encourage members of the public to show their support for our fire fighting heroes by visiting their local fire station - and afterwards drive away safely, in a clean car!"

Brighton crews help man trapped on roof

On 19th February at 20.54, crews from Preston Circus, Brighton, responded to an incident at a property on Stanford Avenue, Brighton, where a male was trapped on the roof.

Crews pitched a 10.5 metre ladder at the back of the property, up to the roof, and helped the male down to safety.