Normal cover has resumed following strikes by members of the Fire Brigades Union. It is part of the latest industrial action in the national dispute over pensions.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews, made of contingency fire crews, prioritised life threatening emergencies. They responded to a number of incidents between noon and 5pm.
12.49: Crews attended a road traffic collision between a lorry and a car in Leahurst Court Road, Withdean, Brighton. One person was trapped and cut free from the wreckage using hydraulic cutting equipment.16.25: Crews attended a van fire in Reeves Hill, Brighton. Crews tackled the blaze wearing breathing apparatus and used 1-in-7 foam.
12.37: A resident contacted ESFRS regarding a chip pan fire which happened yesterday (1st May), which was extinguished by the occupant at the time. Attendance not required but an officer visited the property in Springfield Road, Brighton, and carried out a Home Safety Visit. Occupant alerted by working smoke alarm and used tea towels to put out the fire.
A number of other calls were received but no action required, which included:
15.53: False alarm in Udimore Road, Rye.
15.29: Alerted to a trapped bird in Cambridge Road, Hastings, but no attendance made.
13.04: Saint Michaels Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings, call made but no action required.
12.52: Call regarding a toddler locked in a car in Priory Meadow Car Park, Bohemia Road, Hastings, dealt with by police.
Further strikes are planned for:
- 3rd May 2pm until 2am on 4th May
- 4th May 10am until 3pm
Top tips for staying safe on the roads
With the Bank Holiday weekend promising to be busy on the roads, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging motorists to stay safe.
- Watch your speed – Government figures show that exceeding the speed limit was reported as a factor in 5 per cent of accidents, but these accidents involved 14 per cent of fatalities.(Source: Dept of Transport 2011).
- Don't use mobile phones whilst driving and be a responsible passenger and avoid distractions.
- Remember to keep your distance from the car in front - only a fool breaks the two second rule.
- Have you considered getting a warning triangle to help alert other drivers to hazards if you break down?
- Are you a new driver or are there any new drivers in your family? Take extra care as one in five new drivers are involved in a crash in their first year of driving.
Advice for members of the public, businesses, carers, farmers and other groups can be found on our website www.esfrs.org