Friday, 30 May 2014

Boat Fire Safety Week comes to Brighton Marina

Boat owners and berth users at Brighton Marina will be getting advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service as part of Boat Safety Week.

Crews from Roedean and Preston Circus fire stations will be there on Saturday 31st May 2014 to speak to those who live at or visit the marina.

The awareness campaign is supported by Brighton Yacht Club, Brighton Marina security team, Premium Moorings, Nielson Active Holidays and the Brighton Marina Berth Holders Association.

Top Ten Safety tips

  1. Barbecues shouldn’t be used on boats - hot charcoal gives off dangerous amounts of CO and blown embers could set your boat alight.
  2. Keep cabin ventilation clear to prevent a build-up of toxic CO.
  3. Ensure all hobs have shut-off or isolation valves.
  4. Use a trained marine electrician to install and service electrics.
  5. Store gas cylinders outside, in a self-draining and fire resistant locker. Keep them upright and secured from moving.
  6. Only carry spare petrol if necessary and store it in a self-draining locker or on open deck.
  7. Don’t go to sea without a VHF radio. Have a charged-up, hand-held, waterproof one ready for use at any time.
  8. Check extinguishers on a regular basis for serious dents, leaks and loss of pressure.
  9. Have enough life jackets for everyone on board, and keep them in good condition.
  10. Make sure people know how to close emergency valves and switches in case of fire.

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Chip pan caused devastating fire in Hastings

A chip pan has been identified as the cause of a fire which destroyed several homes in Hastings. A woman was left seriously injured after jumping from a 3rd floor window to escape the fire.

The fire broke out at 00.34 on Sunday morning (25 May 2014) on Marine Parade. At the height of the incident 40 firefighters were at the scene. Because the roof space was shared with other homes, the fire spread to neighbouring properties.

Director of Prevention & Protection Andy Reynolds said:
“The extent of damage caused by this fire is significant. People had to leave their homes and belongings to be led to safety by crews and one person was left seriously hurt having had to jump to escape the flames. One home is just a shell and the roof has been destroyed on several others.

This is obviously very distressing for everyone involved and we don’t want anyone else going through the same thing. We know that the source of this fire was a chip pan. We are urging everyone to take extra care when cooking and make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted.”

Sussex Police and Hastings Borough Council worked alongside East Sussex Fire and Rescue at the scene.

Nigel Cusack, Hastings Borough Commander, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:
“In particular we’d like to thank Hastings Borough Council for their support during this incident. They not only looked after those who had to leave their homes but they helped ensure the welfare of our crews during the incident. They offered a huge amount of practical help such as equipment to shore up the building to allow us to carry out the fire investigation. They have also worked with us to get local businesses back up and running as soon as possible.”

Insp. Chris Veale Hastings Neighbourhood Police Team said: “Our Scenes of Crime team have worked with the fire service to discover its source. Our local officers have been busy talking to witnesses and to those in the Old Town community who have been affected by the fire.

Our thoughts are with those who have been affected, local residents and businesses and in particular the family and friends of the injured lady who is recovering in hospital. I would also like to personally thank the people who helped her escape from the burning building.”

Facts and figures

In 2013/14, there were 525 accidental dwelling fires (fires in residential properties) across the whole of East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City. 333 of these originated in the kitchen – that’s 63%.

Looking specifically at Hastings, it had 92 accidental dwelling fires (fires in residential properties). 57 of these originated in kitchens (62%).

Cooking safety tips

  • Never leave a chip pan – better still use oven chips or pop down the local takeaway
  • Cooking is more risky when you are tired or under the influence of drink or drugs – think of other options like a sandwich or other food you don’t need to heat
  • Don’t be distracted when cooking – whether the phone rings, children demand your attention or there’s someone at the door, don’t forget what’s on the hob or in the oven
  • Always use a timer to make sure you remember to check your cooking – they can be bought for as little as two or three pounds or you can use a timer on your mobile phone

Smoke alarms

  • Fit them – you should have a minimum of one alarm on each level. Put it somewhere you'll be able to hear it when you're asleep
  • Test them – ideally press the button once a week and replace them if they don’t work. Don’t remove batteries.
  • Spread the word – ask your friends, families and neighbours whether they have smoke alarms fitted
  • Get help – in special cases we will come and fit free smoke alarms – find out more at or by calling free phone number 0800 177 7069.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

New date for Bexhill Fire Station’s open day

The date of Bexhill Community Fire Station’s open day has changed to 20 September 2014.

Open days are held throughout the summer across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove. They give visitors a chance to meet firefighters, learn about fire safety and have fun.

Activities for kids usually include badge making, a chance to sit in a fire engine and special appearances by Fireman Sam and Welephant.

Adults can learn about the dangers of trying to tackle a chip pan fire with water – with a dramatic demonstration, as well as get advice on keeping their homes and businesses safe.

Don’t miss out on the fun – dates for your diaries!

Seaford Fire Station Open Day
When: Sat, June 7, 11am – 3pm
Where: Seaford Community Fire Station, Cradle Hill Road (map)

Battle Fire Station Open Day
When: Sat, June 28, 11am – 5pm
Where: Recreational Ground - North Trade Road (map)

Eastbourne 999
When: Sat, July 5, 11am – Sun, July 6, 5pm
Where: Western Lawns Eastbourne (map)

Crowborough Open Day
When: Sat, July 19, 10am – 4pm
Where: Crowborough Community Fire Station (map)

Hastings Fire Station (Bohemia Road) Open Day
When: Sat, August 2, 2014, 10am – 4pm
Where: Bohemia Road, Hastings (map)

999 Day Brighton & Hove
When: Sun, August 10, 2014, 11am – 5pm
Where: Hove Lawns, Hove, United Kingdom (map)

Preston Circus Fire Station Open Day
When: Sat, August 16, 2014, 10am – 4pm
Where: London Road, Brighton

Heathfield Community Fire Station Open Day
When: Mon, August 25, 10am – 5pm
Where: Heathfield Community Fire Station (map)

Hailsham Fire Station Fun Day
When: Wed, August 27, 2014, 10am – 2pm
Where: Morris Thornton Playing Field, Hailsham

Bexhill Fire Station Open Day
When: Sat 20 September, 2014, 10am-3pm
Where: Beeching Road, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3LG.

The Ridge Fire Station, Open Day
When: Wed, October 29, 2014, 10am – 4pm
Where: The Ridge, Ore

Working with partner agencies to support Drink or Drive campaign this June

Motorists charged with drink or drug driving offences throughout June should expect to see their names published as part of Sussex Police's continued crackdown on offenders.

Following on from Sussex Police’s Christmas campaign, motorists ordered to appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence will have their names and details published online and made available to the media.

Posters will also be put up across the county at sites where offenders were stopped during the Christmas campaign to warn drivers in those areas that they could be caught if they get behind the wheel while over the limit.

The campaign has been given the name Operation Dragonfly and aims to prevent avoidable tragedies by discouraging people from taking to the road while they are unfit.

Sussex Police will use drug testing equipment at each custody suite across the county to see if motorists who have been arrested have cannabis in their systems.

Officers will also tweet about people stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences throughout June, giving brief details such as when and where the motorists were pulled over.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue service, Crew Manager, Justin Goodchild, said: We are actively working with Sussex Police in a bid to reduce the number of avoidable incidents on our roads. During June 2013 more than 3,500 motorists were breathalised and more than 140 people were arrested.”

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: "The summer puts a different type of offender on the roads than we catch at Christmas - the warm weather drinker.

"Whether drinking with family or friends at home or out at the beach, park or pubs don’t be tempted to drive and don’t forget that after a late night heavy session you will undoubtedly still be over the limit if you decide to drive in the morning.

"Into that mix are young drivers for who this may be their first summer on the roads. If you are a friend getting a lift make sure you don’t pressurise them into drinking.

"There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs.

"This year we have given the campaign the name Operation Dragonfly which perfectly suits the way our officers operate. Dragonflies predict where their prey is going to be and then catch it.

"All the campaign activity we are undertaking, including warning motorists we will publish their details if they are charged, is to do all we can to prevent drivers from committing offences.

 "Where that is ignored we will act to protect other road users. We will actively seek information on who the drunk drivers are and where will they be - and then we will go out to catch them.

"All those who were charged with offences at Christmas had their details made public and the results of their cases are also being published and that will be repeated in June.

Road users in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with details about people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit

If you know someone is driving while over the limit call 999.