Thursday, 12 March 2015

Spotlight on fire and road safety for Sussex County Cricket Club

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has welcomed players from Sussex County Cricket Club to Hove Fire Station to learn more about the emergency service’s work.

A morning of events took place on 12 March 2015, aimed at giving the players an opportunity to understand the complexity of the job.

Firefighters demonstrated how they cut people free from wrecked cars, how to use fire extinguishers, how crews use breathing apparatus while rescuing people from fires and the dramatic results of putting water on a chip pan fire.

Matt Lloyd, Station Manager for Hove and Roedean, said:

“It was great to be able to spend time with players from Sussex County Cricket Club. We hope that they will be able to spread the word about fire and road safety. Even simple things like reminding friends, family and fans to test smoke alarms regularly can make a real difference in saving lives.”

Andy Cornford, Roedean Watch Manager Green Watch said: 

"These players are in a high risk group when it comes to road safety, because of the nature of their work, the distance they travel and their age. We wanted to give them an insight into our job and educate them about the importance of road safety."

Luke Wright, from Sussex County Cricket Club, was cut from the wreckage of a car as part of a demonstration said:  

"The reality of what can happen has hit home. We have a lot of respect for the fire and rescue service and when you see first hand what they go through, it puts things into perspective. It was very uncomfortable being cut out of the car, even in a controlled environment - really not nice at all."

He added that he hopes supporters take extra care and slow down on the roads: "We've all got families we want to get home to safely. It really doesn't matter if you are five minutes late. It's really not worth it to go that few extra miles per hour."

A selection of additional photos from the event can be found on our Facebook page  
Luke Wright - SCCC

Players learning how to use fire extinguishers

Players discovering what it is like for firefighters in a smoke filled building - their vision is hampered by the masks

Motorcycle fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 20.41 on 11 March 2015 to reports of a motorcycle on fire.

Crews from Hove attended the incident at the cycle track at Preston Park in Brighton.

One hose reel was used to put out the fire.

Man suffers smoke inhalation after tumble dryer fire in Saltdean

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 19.43 on 11 March 2015 to reports of a tumble dryer fire in Saltdean.

Crews from Roedean, Newhaven and Preston Circus attended an address on Longridge Avenue,

One man was found to have suffered smoke inhalation.

The fire was affecting the roof of a domestic building 15 metres by 20 metres.

Two main jets, ladders and two breathing apparatus were used by crews to put out the fire.

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Firefighters attend house fire in Bexhill

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have been called to a fire at Dane Court Close, Bexhill.

Firefighters from Bexhill and Bohemia Road were called out at 12.08pm today (Wednesday 11 March) to reports of a fire alarm sounding.

They used two breathing apparatus and a hose reel to put out a small fire. CHECK

An ambulance was requested for an elderly male who was suffering the effects of smoke inhalation.

A fire investigation has shown that the incident was accidental.

Firefighters attend RTC in Hastings

Firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were sent to a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Grand Parade, Hastings at 8.57am today (Wednesday 11 March).

Two crews were sent to the scene.

No one was trapped and there are no reports of injuries.

Crews made the vehicles and the scene safe before leaving the incident at 9.05am

Police also attended.

Car fire at Rotherfield

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a car on fire at 00:33pm this morning (Wednesday 11 March).

They attended the scene at Rotherfield Hill.

Firefighters from Crowborough used breathing apparatus and one-in-seven foam to put the fire out.

Small fire in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to a small house fire in Hastings yesterday evening (Tuesday 10 March).

Crews from The Ridge were called out to Clifton Court, Holmsdale Gardens, Hastings at 8:55pm in response to a fire alarm.

A small fire in a kitchen was out when they arrived.

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Training course helps professionals deliver hard hitting road safety workshops to young people

Last week East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service teamed up with Brake, the road safety charity, to deliver a one-day course on road safety for 19 professionals who work with young people. The course took place at Lewes Community Fire Station.

The accredited Engaging Young People course helped driving instructors, firefighters, police and road safety officers get to grips with a wide range of teaching and presentation tools and strategies to use with young people of different ages.

There was also advice, tools and structure delegates need to run high-impact, interactive workshops and activities to get young people on board with road safety and sustainable travel.

The course was based on Brake's Pledge, which provides simple, critical ways everyone can help protect themselves and others on roads, and seeks commitment to these key behaviours. It also qualified delegates to deliver road safety activities in local schools, colleges and youth groups.

Garry Collins, borough commander for Lewes and chair of the Lewes road safety group said:

"Our experience of attending crashes or working with victims is unique and puts us in a good place to explain to young people the reality of crashes. By getting involved with Brake we can have a bigger impact locally".

Dave Nichols, professional engagement officer for Brake, the road safety charity, said:

"Road crashes remain the biggest cause of disability and death among young people, which is why it`s vital we reach them, whether or not they are drivers themselves, before it`s too late. We are delighted that East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service shares our enthusiasm for road safety and passion to engage young people with this important topic."

Brake's pledge

It's a pledge to do simple things to protect you and people around you, build happier communities, and help save the planet.

  • Everyone – I'll speak out for slowing down and help drivers understand that the slower they drive, the more chance they have of avoiding a crash and saving a life.
  • Everyone - I'll plan ahead to make sure I, and anyone I'm with, can get home safely and I'll never get a lift with drink/drug drivers. I'll speak out if someone's about to drive on drink or drugs.
  • Drivers – I'll make sure everyone in my vehicle is belted up on every journey, and kids smaller than 150cm are in a proper child restraint. I'll choose the safest vehicle I can and ensure it's maintained.
  • Everyone – I'll belt up on every journey, and make sure friends and family do too.
  • Everyone – I'll never chat on the phone to someone else who's driving.
  • Everyone – I'll look out for friends and loved ones by ensuring they only drive if they're fit for it, and rest if they're tired.
  • Everyone – I'll minimise the amount I drive, or not drive at all. I'll get about by walking, cycling or public transport as much as I can, for road safety, the environment and my health.

Sussex Control Centre staff get cycling for Comic Relief

Staff from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will attempt to cycle 240 miles in 24 hours in aid of Comic Relief this Friday,13 March 2015.

Sussex Control Centre staff, joined by officers from both East and West Sussex Fire Services will cycle a hypothetical route south to Brighton and around the whole Sussex border as far west as Emsworth, north through Midhurst to Crawley and as far East as Rye before returning back to Brighton via Eastbourne, finally heading north homeward towards the Sussex Control Centre.

The event starts at 8am on March 13th and will be held in an office adjoining the control room in Haywards Heath, West Sussex on a static bike with progress being tracked to reach the goal of 240 miles in 24 hours.

You can support their efforts by making donations via Just Giving:

Kitchen fire prompts smoke alarm reminder

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of smoke and the sound of a smoke alarm at a house in Stanmer Drive in the Hampden Park area of Eastbourne.

Firefighters from Eastbourne Community Fire Station were called at 11:38am today (Tuesday 9 March).

They used breathing apparatus and took a hose reel to deal with a pot on a cooker in a domestic kitchen.

The property was saved, and firefighters helped ventilate the property before leaving the scene.  A home safety visit will be carried out.

A smoke alarm is the easiest way to alert you to the danger of fire, giving you time to escape and this incident has prompted the Service to remind everyone to ensure their property has a working smoke alarm.

Read more information about smoke alarms and home safety visits

Crews respond to electrical fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to Deanland Wood, Golden Cross this morning (Tuesday).

Crews from Hailsham and Herstmonceux responded in extended rescue pumps at 6.52am, to reports of a fire at an electrical sub-station.

The fire was out when firefighters arrived.

Crews requested UK Power Networks to attend and cordoned-off the area, leaving the scene with the owner at 7.32am.

Monday, 9 March 2015

Firefighters attend kitchen fire in Seaford

Firefighters from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were mobilised to a kitchen fire in Seaford this morning (9th March).

The resident self-evacuated before crews from Seaford and Newhaven arrived at the scene and the fire was out on arrival.

Two appliances were sent to Coxwell Close at 10.56am and firefighters used a Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan to clear smoke from the building.

A Home Safety Visit was given to the resident and the cause of the fire was found to be accidental.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service supports No Smoking Day

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is supporting No Smoking Day which takes place on Wednesday 11 March 2015.

The annual campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and encourages hundreds of thousands of smokers to make a quit attempt on No Smoking Day.

This year’s No Smoking Day theme is ‘Proud to be a Quitter. In life we’re told never to give up, to keep going – but when it comes to smoking, being a ‘Quitter’ is a good thing. It is using inspirational stories of ex-smokers to highlight the life-changing benefits of quitting.

To receive information and support on stopping smoking visit and join the conversation of Twitter using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay.

Smoking safety advice

Steve Wright from the Community Safety Team at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said:

“More people die in fires caused by smoking than in fires caused by anything else. Tobacco is manufactured to stay alight, meaning it can remain smouldering and start a fire. The best way to rule out any chance of these kinds of fires is to give up smoking – and that’s why we support No Smoking Day.” 

There are other measures you can take which can reduce the chances of fire due to cigarettes.

·         Never smoke in bed. Take care when you're tired - it's very easy to fall asleep while your cigarette is still burning and set furniture alight.
·         Never smoke when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If your lit cigarette starts a fire you could be less able to escape.
·         Put it out, right out! Make sure your cigarette is fully extinguished.
·         Fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly. A working smoke alarm can buy you valuable time to get out, stay out and call 999.
·         Never leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended - they can easily overbalance as they burn down.
·         Use a proper, heavy ashtray that can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn.
·         Consider buying child resistant lighters and match boxes

Looking after someone who smokes?

If you look after someone who smokes, help them stay safe. Over the past years a number of fire deaths in East Sussex have involved elderly/immobile persons setting themselves alight, with ignition normally caused by smoking materials. Warning signs are often obvious - with tell-tail signs of near-misses include visible burn and scorch marks.

       Whenever possible, it is always safer for someone else to light their cigarettes
       Remove matches & lighters and replace with a non-flame cigarette lighter
       Encourage smokers to cover their lap with a fire retardant cover or wear a smoking apron
       A proper ashtray must be used and emptied – keep it within easy reach
       Discourage smoking in bed. If this is not possible consider getting fire retardant bed covers
       Ensure smoke alarms are fitted, work properly and are tested regularly
       Smokers are suitably monitored
       Smoking only takes place in recognised and designated areas
       Check that a water-type fire extinguisher is readily available and people are trained to use it
       Smoking on airflow mattresses should be avoided, but if not possible cover with fire resistant bedding

Black Museum

There are many examples of fires which have been caused by cigarettes or other smoking materials. The following cases can be found in our Black Museum.

With tragic results, an elderly gentleman accidentally dropped a burning match on to his lap, igniting his clothing and the chair he was sitting in.

This fire was thought to be most likely caused by a carelessly discarded cigarette that ignited some rubbish between a garden shed and a fence.

Carelessly discarded smoking materials caused this fire. The occupier managed to safely evacuate the property but re-entered the premises after realising his pet dog was still inside. The occupier and dog then had to be rescued by fire service crews and were subsequently treated for suffering smoke inhalation.

This fire was caused by a child playing with a disposable lighter setting fire to curtains. Fortunately a sprinkler system had been fitted and the fire was prevented from spreading.