Friday, 29 August 2014

Anti-Slavery Day backed by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is highlighting its commitment to tackling modern day slavery ahead of Anti-Slavery Day on 18 October 2014.

It works closely with other services including County and City Councils, Sussex Police and Surrey and Sussex Strategic Migration Group.  Firefighters and other staff are given guidance on how to spot signs of possible crimes and how to best help their victims

David Kemp, Partnership and Inclusion Manager from ESFRS, said:

“As an emergency service, we have access to businesses and residential premises above businesses. Our firefighters and other staff are being trained to identify possible signs that people are being exploited. For example, this could be a large number of people housed in unsafe accommodation. Or we could see people who behave in a way which suggests they are in trouble.”

Spot the Signs
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Physical appearance: Victims may show signs of physical or psychological abuse, look malnourished or unkempt, or appear withdrawn

Isolation: Victims may rarely be allowed to travel on their own, seem under the control, influence of others, rarely interact or appear unfamiliar with their neighbourhood or where they work

Poor living conditions: Victims may be living in dirty, cramped or overcrowded accommodation, and / or living and working at the same address

Few or no personal effects: Victims may have no identification documents, have few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes day in day out. What clothes they do wear may not be suitable for their work

Restricted freedom of movement: Victims have little opportunity to move freely and may have had their travel documents retained, e.g. passports

Unusual travel times: They may be dropped off / collected for work on a regular basis either very early or late at night.

Reluctant to seek help: Victims may avoid eye contact, appear frightened or hesitant to talk to strangers and fear law enforcers for many reasons, such as not knowing who to trust or where to get help, fear of deportation, fear of violence to them or their family.

If you think a person is in immediate danger you should call the Police on 999 and report it

You can also contact the helpline number: 0800 0121 700

About Anti-Slavery Day
Anti-Slavery Day was created by Act of Parliament to raise awareness of modern slavery and to inspire people to eliminate it.

The Anti-Slavery Day Bill became law in 2010. It was introduced in Parliament as a Private Members Bill by Anthony Steen MP for Totnes, South Devon, in 2010 and passed through both Houses, unopposed although amended. The bill defines modern-day slavery as child trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and trafficking for sexual exploitation.

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Rye Community Fire Station celebrates its 25th Anniversary and Open Day

Rye Community Fire Station is opening its doors on 6th September as part of celebrations for its 25th anniversary.

The Open Day will including activities for families including badge-making, a chance to learn from real life cases from the Black Museum and meet local firefighters.

The fun begins at 1pm until 4pm at Ferry Road, East Sussex, TN31 7DJ.

25th Anniversary

The present station was opened on the 6 April 1989 after a period of 52 years at the previous site in Ferry Road.

Old photos of firefighters are being brought out of the archive for the celebration and can be seen on our Facebook page:

Fire Chief follows in the footsteps of David Beckham and gets wet for charity

Chief Fire Officer & Chief Executive Des Prichard has fulfilled his promise of taking part in the Macmillan Ice Bucket Challenge.

The footage in which he nominates Fire Service College Director of Training and Organisational Development Jon Hall, Hertfordshire’s Chief Fire Officer Roy Wilsher, as well as his son Ben Prichard is now available online to view via dropbox.
Mr Prichard was keen to get involved to help raise money for the worthy cause to help people affected by cancer, after he was nominated to take part by a firefighter within the Service.

The challenge is simple; just nominate someone via Facebook or Twitter to have a bucket of ice-cold water poured over their head in exchange for a text donation to Macmillan.

The idea is to film it then share it and sit back whilst the nomination process takes over.

Mr Prichard said: “I know there is a fun element to this challenge which is currently sweeping across social media. However, there is a serious reason behind this challenge and I would urge people to take the time to visit Macmillan Cancer Support’s website page and donate what they can to the charity.”

Brighton garage site handed back to owners after fire

A garage site which caught fire yesteday afternoon (27 August 2014) has been handed back to its owners after a re-inspection by firefighters.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called out at 16.04 to a commercial property on May Road in Brighton.

At the height of the incident, six fire engines were at the scene from Preston Circus, Barcombe, Hove and Roedean, as well as the control unit from Bexhill. Crews wore breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.

One member of the public suffered minor burns and was left in the care of the ambulance service.

A re-inspection of the site took place at 22.30 and it was handed back to the owners.

The fire was accidental.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Flat fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of smoke from a flat in Hove at 12:45 today (27 August 2014).

The smoke was coming from the top floor of a four-story property on Salisbury Road.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, a hose reel and the aerial ladder platform.

A thermal imaging camera was used to check the fire was out and crews spent time cutting away.

There are no reports of injuries.

Operations scaled down at garage fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 16.04 today (27 August) to reports of a fire at a garage on May Road in Brighton.

At the height of the incident, firefighters used 14 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel, 2 main jets and firefighting foam.

Crews from Hove, Roedean, Preston Circus and Barcombe attended the scene, as well as the Control Unit from Bexhill.

One member of the public suffered minor burns and was left in the care of the ambulance service.

An adjoining domestic building was also affected by the fire.

As of 19.30, the incident was being scaled down from six fire engines to three.

Crews have spent time cutting away and damping down.

UK Power are also in attendance.

A further update will be posted in the morning.

Update on fire at garage

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service remains at the scene of a fire on May Road in Brighton.

A garage and an adjoining domestic building are alight.

Crews were sent to incident at 16.04 today (27 August 2014).

Six fire appliances from Preston Circus, Hove, Barcombe and Roedean are currently at the scene as well as a control unit from Bexhill.

Firefighters are using 14 breathing apparatus, 2 hose reel, 2 main jets and firefighting foam to tackle the fire.

One member of the public suffered minor burns and was left in the care of the ambulance service.

Phone services in the area could be affected as there is a telephone pole close to the fire.

A further update will be added on our website around 7pm.

Firefighters attend fire at garage

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 16.04 today (27 August 2014) to reports of a fire at a garage on May Road in Hove, Brighton.

Six fire appliances are at the scene.

Crews from Preston Circus, Hove, Roedean and Barcombe are in attendance.

The Control Unit from Bexhill is also at the scene as are Sussex Police.

There are no reports of injuries at this stage.

A further update will be posted on our website around 6pm.

Old hoses bring entertainment and shelter for four legged friends

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has found a novel way of recycling hoses which can no longer be used for firefighting – by donating them to a local animal welfare centre.

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare is using the old hoses to make toys and shelters for its four legged residents.

Head of Engineering at the Fire and Rescue Service Bill Brewster said: 

“These hoses couldn’t be used by firefighters anymore and were taken out of service, but we didn’t want to just throw them away. We look for different ways this sort of equipment can be re-used and we are thrilled that the animals at Raystede are benefitting.”

Hannah Trayford, Head of Animal Welfare at Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare said:

“As a charity donated items are always very much appreciated.  This fire hose will be put to good use in the coming months to make shelters for our equine and alpacas, and toys for our dogs. We have already created ‘food balls’ with some of the fire hose for our dogs. These are really easy to make, and tough so can withstand even the strongest jaws – great just for chewing on or for hiding treats inside.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Man treated for smoke inhalation after Brighton flat fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called out at 15.28 yesterday afternoon (25 August 2014) to reports of a fire in a high rise building in Brighton.

It was on the 7th floor of a block of flats on Hereford Street in Kemp Town.

Crews from Preston Circus, Roedean and Hove attended.

There was a fire in a kitchen.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus to tackle the fire, and a thermal imaging camera to ensure it was fully put out. A fan was then used to clear the smoke.

One man was treated for smoke inhalation.

Friday, 22 August 2014

Brighton fire was accidental

A fire at a five storey terraced building in Brighton has been investigated and the cause found to be accidental.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17.13 today (22 August 2014) to reports of a fire on Compton Avenue.

Four appliances were sent to the scene.

Firefighters and officers from Hove, Preston Circus and Lewes attended the incident as did police and ambulance crews.

Firefighters using breathing apparatus searched the building and tackled the fire using main jets and firefighting foam.

Everyone was accounted for and there are no reports of injury.

Fire in Brighton now out

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17.13 to reports of a fire in Brighton.

A five-storey, terraced building on Compton Avenue was alight.

Four appliances attended the scene and firefighters used breathing apparatus, firefighting foam and main jets to tackle the fire.

The incident is now being scaled down, with two fire engines remaining at the address.

A fire investigation will be carried out.

There are no reports of injuries.

Firefighters attending incident in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 17.13 today (22 August 2014) to reports of a fire in Brighton.

Four appliances are at the scene on Compton Avenue.

The fire is at a five storey terraced building.

Crews are wearing breathing apparatus and using main jets and firefighting foam to tackle the incident.

Firefighters attend incident at John Street police station

Firefighters were sent to John Street police station following reports of an unidentified substance discovered leaking from a container in an office.

Two appliances from Hove and Roedean, along with a Hazardous Materials Advisor from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, were sent to the scene at 2.12pm to assist with a small chemical leak.

Firefighters entered the building wearing breathing apparatus and wearing protective clothing.

People were evacuated from the office while firefighters identified the substance and removed it into the fresh air, pending specialist recovery.

It was chemical in nature and the occupants of the office were advised to open windows to clear any lingering fumes.

It was not necessary to evacuate the entire building.

Heathfield firefighters join in with Le Marché celebrations

Heathfield Community Fire Station will be taking part in this year’s popular Anglo/French day of celebrations.

The town comes together to embrace the continental event which sees visitors flock from far and wide.

The fire station will throw open its doors to the public on Bank Holiday Monday (25th August) between 10am and 4pm to coincide with the Le Marché celebrations.

Visitors will be able to enjoy watching drills from crews, a chip pan demonstration as well as see firsthand a vintage fire engine, with a chance for kids to have a ride in the old engine.

The Services’ cuddly mascot will also be there for little ones to meet and greet, along with a stall selling items from the Fire Fighters Charity such as t-shirts, key rings and kids games.

Come along and join in the fun!

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Van fire in Crowborough tackled overnight

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 00:47 today (21 August 2014) to reports of a vehicle fire in Crowborough.

Firefighers from Crowborough were sent to the scene on Forest Dene.

A light commercial van was well alight.

Crews wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel to tackle the fire.

There are no reports of injuries.

Stonework made safe by firefighters in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 20.17 yesterday evening (20 August 2014) to reports of a dangerous structure in Brighton.

Crews from Preston Circus attended an address on Vernon Terrace.

Stonework on the fourth floor of the building was loose and coming adrift.

The aerial ladder platform was used to make the building safe.

Two people led to safety in Hailsham fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 04:18 this morning (21 August 2014) to reports of a fire at a property on Market Street.

Crews from Hailsham, Herstmonceux and Eastbourne attended the scene.

There was a small fire in a downstairs toilet.

Firefighters used breathing apparatus and hose reels to tackle the fire.

Two people were led to safety.

The fire was accidental.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Family fun in Hailsham

Hailsham firefighters will be taking their annual open day to Morris Thornton Playing fields as part of the town’s Family Fun Day.

Families are being invited to pop along and join in the exciting array of activities in store next Wednesday (27th August) between 10am and 2pm.

There will be lots to do for youngsters from badge-making to seeing the Service's cuddly mascot and for adults experiencing a seatbelt crash simulator.

Firefighter Jason Hull said: “It is our one-yearly opportunity to engage with the community in a fun way but at the same time getting our fire and road safety messages across.”

Hailsham firefighters take pride in actively supporting the local community and recently gave budding young Hailsham gardeners the opportunity to see 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 addded: “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.

“The town’s Family Fun Day also gives us another chance to meet local residents in a relaxed environment.”