Thursday, 2 October 2014

Calling anyone who has experienced a fire in their home…

If you have been unfortunate enough to have experienced a fire in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people – and help East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service – by taking part in an important online survey at

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have linked up with eight other fire services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when encountering a fire in the home. The findings will give a valuable insight to help Fire Services plan and develop their services and limit the impact of dwelling fires.

“If you have experienced a fire at home (yours or someone else’s) anytime in the past 12 months then we want to hear from you. We are interested in all accidental fires in the home, large or small, and whether the fire and rescue service attended or not.” said Andy Reynolds, Director of Prevention and Protection.

“If you can spare twenty to thirty minutes to fill in the survey you will be helping us and other local people in the future. It is all anonymous and we simply want people to tell us about their experience.

“We are pleased to be involved in this unique project, which will be rolled out nationally next year. Surprisingly there has been very limited research on how people behave during a fire in the home, their goals and priorities as the event was unfolding, and the impact of the flames and smoke.”

If you have not had a fire yourself but know someone who has, please pass this on. For those who do not have internet access or are not comfortable using the web, please call 01622 212422 to arrange to discuss other options for completing the survey.

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