At 17.40 yesterday (18th September) Newhaven firefighters were sent to Sutton Road, in Seaford, following reports of a road traffic collision, where the crew made the area safe using environmental packs, after two cars were leaking fuel.
At 19.50 yesterday (18th September) two appliances from Brighton and Roedean were sent to Richmond Terrace, in Brighton, due to a small kitchen fire, which was out on arrival.
At 20.15 yesterday (18th September) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Mill View Close, in Westham, after reports of a fire in the flue of a wood burner.
At 21.39 yesterday (18th September) two Brighton appliances were sent to Ditchling Road, in Brighton, following a road traffic collision involving one vehicle. Crews cut the casualty free from the wreckage and was left in care of paramedics.
At 22.42 yesterday (18th September) two appliances were sent to Brambleside, in Uckfield, following reports of a fire in a digital printer, which was out on arrival. Firefighters spent time ventilating the property, using a Positive Pressure Ventilation fan.
Reducing false alarms
There were a number of false alarms overnight in Brighton, Hove, Polegate, Eastbourne, and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging businesses/property owners to take action to help prevent avoid any further false alarm call-outs in the future.
These actions can be taken to assist in reducing unnecessary call-outs:
- Remember, fire alarm systems are there to alert occupants to the fact that there may be a fire and depending on your fire risk assessment and emergency plans, it is normally appropriate to investigate first and only to call the Fire Service if / when there are any signs to indicate that there is actually a fire.
- If you have an automatic alarm system, make sure it is installed properly, that you know how it works and it is serviced regularly by a competent person. The British Standards Institute's BS 5839 has recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. If these are followed, a false alarm issue is unlikely to occur.
- Best practice requires that false alarms are logged and investigated so that any patterns and trends are identified and dealt with.
- Be aware that things like steam and dust can trigger alarms and take precautions when possible.
- Ensure staff and/or residents know what to do when the alarm goes off.
Find out more: https://www.esfrs.org/business/false-alarm-reduction/
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