It was a busy morning for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service as storms swept in, causing a surge in 999 calls. Almost 300 calls were received within a few hours. A further 60 calls were passed to Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service as part of emergency resilience arrangements.
Fire crews dealt with a wide range of incidents, which included flooding, rain water effecting electrical systems, lightning strikes and automatic fire alarm systems activating due to the adverse weather conditions.
Further to the severe weather in the Brighton & Hove area this morning, the Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive, Des Prichard, took the opportunity to thank staff for their hard work.
He said: “This morning shows how varied our work can be and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all staff who were involved in such a swift and effective response.
“In particular I would like to highlight the efforts of the staff at the Sussex Control Centre, which handles emergency calls for both East and West Sussex Fire & Rescue Services. We have already received messages of thanks from the public and I would like to repeat my own thanks for your hard work.”