Thursday, 13 November 2014

Farmers urged to check their fire safety measures after fires

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging farmers to check their fire safety measures after three buildings were badly affected by fire within one hour.

We were called at 17.00 on 12 November 2014 to reports of a fire at Town Row in Rotherfield.  Two barns containing approximately 1000 tonnes of hay and silage were alight.

During the incident, four fire engines from Crowborough, Mayfield, Heathfield and Uckfield were sent to the scene, along with a 4 by 4 vehicle from Heathfield, the Command Support Unit from Bexhill and the dual purpose truck from Uckfield.

They used firefighting foam, a hose reel jet and a main jet to tackle the fire.

The second fire happened at a farm on St Ives Lane in Hartfield at 17.56 on 12 November 2014. A single storey building measuring approximately 5 metres by 25 metres used was alight. A number of cylinders were involved.

Crews from Barcombe, Forest Row and Crowborough attended. They used two breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets.

Investigations will be carried out into the causes of the fires.

Legal requirements

Farmers are required by law, under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, to carry out a fire risk assessment of their farm buildings.

Are you up to date with the requirements of current fire safety legislation? In particular, you need to:
  • Have a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment, which has identified sources of ignition and fuel and have eliminated, reduced, isolated, and controlled them as far as is reasonably practical.
  • Produce an emergency plan.
  • Ensure that employees know about the risks present in the workplace.
  • Ensure that they know what to do in the event of an emergency.
  • Maintain the premises and any fire related facilities, equipment and devices.
More legal information can be found at

Further information about fire safety and your legal responsibilities can be found on the DEFRA website:

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