Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Firefighters worked through night at Newhaven

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have spent the night reducing the size of the pile of waste affected by fire in Newhaven.

This morning (9 December 2014) crews remain on site at North Quay Road.

Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said: "We been working on site with staff from the business, drawing the waste out, damping it down and ensuring it is moved from the fire. We can't just put water on the pile as it will not get through to the seat of the fire. There is also a great deal of water on the site, which we need to deal with carefully so as to minimise any possible damage the environment."

200 tonnes of compacted waste was affected by the fire, which broke out on Friday morning.

We would like to thank the British Red Cross who have been providing support for the crews at the scene.

Waste management 

There are a number of additional sources of information about waste management and fire prevention.

Chief Fire Officers Association; http://www.cfoa.org.uk/17512

Waste Industry Safety and Health Forum: http://www.hse.gov.uk/waste/wish.htm

Environment Agency https://www.gov.uk/environmental-management/waste

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