Monday, 30 June 2014

Firefighters attend serious RTC in Hartfield

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were sent to a serious road traffic collision along the B2026.

Yesterday (29th June) two crews from Forest Row and Crowborough were mobilised to a two-vehicle collision in Butcherfield Lane, Hartfield, at 6.26pm.

Firefighters worked alongside other emergency services to cut three trapped casualties free from the wreckage.

All casualties were released by 7.29pm and left in the care of ambulance crews.

Fire Service safeguards future of Eastbourne Pier

Eastbourne Pier users are being warned against the dangers of discarding cigarettes on the town’s attraction, following an incident over the weekend.

Four fire appliances were sent to Eastbourne Pier, in Grand Parade, at 4.59am Sunday morning (29th June) after fire alarms were set off by smoke. A member of staff from the Atlantis nightclub alerted ESFRS who immediately sent a full attendance.

Crews were faced with difficult access to the fire, which was located underneath the decking of the pier, spending time cutting away and damping down to ensure there were no further signs of fire.

The incident was closed at 6.13am with crews returning for a re-inspection at 9.30am.

Borough Commander Dave Sheppard praised the quick-thinking of the staff member who immediately alerted the emergency services to the fire.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service recently carried out a high level training exercise to safeguard the visitor attraction against incidents such as this.

Eastbourne firefighters and neighbouring retained stations responded to a simulated fire on the end of the pier in December last year. Pier staff were also utilised during the training exercise to ensure they knew exactly how to react should there be a fire.

Dave explains why these training exercises are so important:

“Firefighters routinely carry out training exercises to test their response to incidents that can occur, which on this occasion paid dividends as we were immediately alerted to the fire by a member of staff. Eastbourne Pier is a significant part of the Eastbourne experience and as such it is important that we regularly test that our response is both efficient and effective.

“We like to train in as realistic environment as possible so it is very important for us to be able to use premises such as the pier as it will ensure that our firefighters are familiar with the area should an incident occur. We are very grateful to the owners and manager of the Pier who gave us this opportunity.

“Fires on piers are notoriously difficult to extinguish once they get started, as we have seen in other incidents around the UK and locally in East Sussex, so it is very important that we are able to respond as swiftly as possible.

"We would like to urge the public to remain vigilant and not to discard any cigarettes on the pier."

Fire investigation underway following fire in Brede

A fire investigation is underway following a fire in Brede.

Four fire engines were sent to a domestic property in Cackle Street at 9.24pm on Saturday (28 June), following reports of a fire.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two main jets and two hose reel jets.

Due to the intensity of the fire the roof collapsed.

The incident was scaled down to two fire engines at 10.52pm and crews were damping down and checking for hotspots into the early hours of the morning.

Crews remained at the incident until 7am, when a re-inspection was carried out.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Firefighters tackle fire involving bales of hay in Crowborough

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17.46 yesterday afternoon (25 June 2014) to a fire in the open.

Firefighters from Crowborough and Uckfield were sent to a farm on Allfreys Lane in Crowborough.

Around ten bales of hay were alight.

Crews used hose reels to put the fire out, then spent time damping down and turning over to ensure it would not re-ignite.

Firefighters free person after RTC in Newhaven

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called this morning (26 June 2014) at 05.55 to a road traffic collision in Newhaven.

Crews from Newhaven were sent to the scene on Seaford Road.

A car had gone into a ditch.

One person was freed by firefighters.

Kitchen fire in Brighton prompts cooking safety reminder

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out last night (25 June 2014) at 20:18 to reports of a fire alarm sounding at a home in Brighton.

Crews from Preston Circus attended an address on Tillstone Close, Moulescoomb.

There was a small fire in the kitchen which caused damage to a pan and the cooker.

A CO2 extinguisher was used to put out the fire and a PPV fan cleared the smoke.

How to cook safely
There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen:
  • Make sure you don't get distracted when you are cooking
  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, eg by a phone call
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily
  • Don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

£28,000 fine after East Sussex Managing Agent convicted of fire safety offences

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding managing agents of their legal responsibilities following a court case which resulted in a £28,000 fine and costs of more that £10,000.

Trainmerit Ltd trading as Maltbys Estate Agents of 20 Parkhurst Road, Bexhill, with other offices in Gravesend, Folkestone and Canterbury was today (25 June 2014) convicted for breaches of fire safety legislation relating to two properties for which they were acting as managing agents.

Trainmerit Ltd was fined £28,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,931.98 by Hastings Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a number of offences relating to 20/22 and 36 Sackville Road, Bexhill. Offences included the failure to properly manage fire safety arrangements, to review and implement the significant findings from fire risk assessments and the failure to comply with an Enforcement Notice.

Following a fatal fire at 36 Sackville Road on 23 May 2011, subsequent inspections found significant risks to the occupants at 36 and another property at 20/22 Sackville Road, also managed by Maltbys. These risks were created by inadequate fire protection and separation of the escape routes and a lack of fire alarms and emergency lighting. During the fire on the 23 May 2011 this had caused one occupant to become trapped in the top floor flat, having to rely on the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to help her escape.

The court heard Maltbys had been aware of these significant risks for a considerable time prior to the fire, as they had been highlighted previously in their own fire risk assessments. Whilst both premises are now compliant with fire safety law, from first being aware of the significant risks, it has taken formal action by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and a considerable period of time to remedy these failings; in the case of 36 Sackville Road over three years and in the case of 20/22 Sackville Road four and a half years to achieve compliance with fire safety law.

Due to this protracted lack of action to deal with known fire safety failures and following the fire on 23 May 2011 it was deemed necessary by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service to prosecute.

When sentencing the company, the Magistrates commented that they had treated the offences with the utmost seriousness.

Group Manager Richard Fowler, Head of Business Safety for ESFRS said “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all managing agents and others with responsibilities for property management, of their legal responsibilities to protect occupants against the risks from fire. The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of fire safety very seriously, and especially so where the premises provides sleeping accommodation”.

Managing agents and others with responsibilities for compliance with fire safety law are being advised to pay attention to their legal obligations to ensure that premises are safe from fire and in particular, to ensure that they have appropriate management systems to ensure that any significant safety deficiencies are properly dealt with in a timely manner.

Further fire safety advice for businesses is available on the ESFRS website, please visit

Notes to Editors:
1.         The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (the Order) became current fire safety legislation in October 2006. It covers practically all types of premises except single domestic dwellings. It places the onus of responsibility for fire safety on the responsible person for each premises.  Fire authorities advise and assist responsible persons to meet their statutory duties; they are also under a legislative duty to enforce the Order and are empowered to impose sanctions and bring prosecutions.

2.         The Order is divided into a series of Articles; breaching particular Articles may constitute an offence. -

3.         Under Article 32 It is an offence for any responsible person to fail to comply with any requirement imposed by Articles 8 – 22. Under Article 32 it is also an offence to fail to comply with an Enforcement Notice. 

4.         Convictions in this case were against Articles 9 for a failure to review the fire risk assessment, Article 11 for failing to provide adequate fire safety arrangements, Article 13 for failing to provide adequate fire detection and Article 32 (1)(d) for failing to comply with an Enforcement Notice.

5.         Fire safety advice and guidance upon all types of premises is available on the Communities and Local Government website:

Pre Pride conference to hear from campaigner Peter Tatchell

Human rights and social justice campaigner Peter Tatchell is the key note speaker at a special conference organised by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for Brighton Pride.

The “We don’t talk about that” conference takes place on Friday 1 August in the City.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Gary Ferrand said:

“East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has a long history of supporting Brighton Pride. We always take part in the parade and can be found at the Park helping give fire safety advice as well as having fun.

This year we wanted to do something extra and look at a specific issue in detail. Our conference is an opportunity to openly discuss the issues facing the Asian LGBT and the Trans communities. We have speakers who will share their personal experiences and expertise in this area.

We are pleased that Peter Tatchell has accepted our invitation to speak at the event and would encourage anyone who is interested in finding out more about the event to get in touch.”

Peter Tatchell said: "Congratulations to the East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and the Asian Fire Service Association for organising this timely, valuable conference. Very commendably, it addresses specific and often neglected issues."

"My talk will suggest equality and diversity lessons in schools, as a way of tackling racism, homophobia and all forms of prejudice, to create an inclusive, compassionate society."

The day will include a selection of afternoon workshops and networking opportunities.

Trans and Asian LGBT Conference
Brighton Thistle Hotel
Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2GS
Friday 1st August 2014
09:30 - 16:30

Places are limited, to register, please contact:

More information can be found at:

Hailsham Community Fire station blooming marvellous

Budding young Hailsham gardeners have seen their winning designs take root and revamp the front of the town's fire station gardens.

The idea behind the project was for schoolchildren in year five to take part in a colouring competition, with the winners from each school seeing firsthand their winning design come to fruition. The designs were brought to life as children planted flowers in the fire station’s front garden, with RAF cadets doing the ground preparation work.

The competition was launched as part of the Community Fire Safety Schools Project in Hailsham, which involved four local primary schools, the local horticultural society (charity) and the RAF cadets.

Firefighter Jason Hull said: “The reason why we did this was to enable us to meet with a number of different groups within the community and make full use of our unused gardens.

“All of year five students from each school were asked to design a small garden for our fire station, after a visit by us, a winner was chosen from each school and they came along with classmates to the fire station to plant their winning design, with the help of Hailsham in Bloom local volunteers. They were then shown around the fire station and took part in a little quiz to test what they had learned.

"It also gave us an opportunity to offer fire and road safety advice, bring the community together by involving year five children, RAF cadets and Hailsham in Bloom volunteers, who all made this project possible. We hope that they will remember this as an enjoyable experience.

“Without the good will of all those involved including; Hailsham in Bloom, the RAF cadets, our contractors John Farringtons and of course the four local schools involved (Marshlands, Grovelands, White House and Hawk Farm) we would not have been able to pull this together. We believe the children learnt so much and it is great to see that community spirit is still alive, as well as bringing to life the front of our community fire station."

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service gearing up for Eastbourne 999!

Preparations are moving up a gear as representatives from local emergency services get ready for this year’s Eastbourne 999 event.

The two-day event is a fantastic, free, emergency services extravaganza and will be held on the Western Lawns on Eastbourne’s seafront on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July 2014.

The event is organised by Sussex Police, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, South East Coast Ambulance Service, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) and is supported by Eastbourne Borough Council.

Now in its twenty-seventh consecutive year, the huge event is a firm favourite on the local calendar attracting over 30,000 people each year.

Visitors are able to see the wide array of work that the emergency services undertake on a day-to-day basis and are given the opportunity to meet members of the emergency services and also have a good look around 999 response vehicles.

As well as practical demonstrations of fire safety, staff from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Community Safety team, alongside the Arson Reduction team, will be available to give important fire safety advice and answer any questions that people may have about fire safety in their homes.

Dave Sheppard, Borough Commander for Eastbourne said: “We really enjoy having such an active involvement in Eastbourne 999. It’s a great opportunity to meet local communities, answer any questions you might have.

“We are also able to discuss the wide range of services and preventative work that East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is involved in. Eastbourne 999 is a great family day out and we really look forward to seeing you there.”

For up-to-date information and a timetable of events visit: