Thursday, 12 June 2014

Strike update - small number of incidents attended

Members of the public are being reminded to remain vigilant during the 24 hour-long Fire Brigades Union strike.

Contingency crews are on duty in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove and are responding to life-threatening emergencies but cover is reduced.

The industrial action is part of the national dispute over pensions.

It began at 9am on 12 June 2014 and will end at 9am on 13 June 2014.

As of 16.30 we have attended the following:

  • A small fire in the open in Seaford – crews put out a small fire affecting fencing
  • Fire in house in Bexhill – crews wearing breathing apparatus and using a hose reel put out a fire which caused damage to the loft space.
Additionally there were a small number of calls which on closer inspection turned out to be false alarms.

A further update will be published on our website around 21.00.

Stay Safe

With the World Cup beginning tonight, and summer BBQ season finally arriving, people are asked to celebrate safely. 

Celebrating out and about
  • Take a taxi or walk home:  never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking alcohol, you’re risking your life and the lives of others
  • Pick up a takeaway rather than cooking when you get home: more than half of fire calls are kitchen fires – don’t let a snack attack wreck your home
  • Look out for each other, particularly around stretches of water: a quick dip in the sea, a river or lake could end in tragedy and put the lives of others at risk if they try to rescue you

BBQ safety tips
  • Set up your barbecue on level ground away from bushes, tents or buildings
  • Only use recommended fluids or firelighters and never petrol
  • Be careful when cooking fatty foods to avoid flare-ups
  • Drinking and cooking don’t mix – if you’re in charge of the BBQ, stay sober
If you have access to the internet, further advice is available on the East Sussex Fire and Rescue website or calling us on 0303 999 1000 and asking for the Community Safety team.

Operation Dragonfly

The strikes also coincide with Operation Dragonfly – a summer Drink or Drive campaign led by Sussex Police and supported by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

During June, 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.

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.

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