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

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