East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will be carrying out a training exercise in Hailsham this evening (18 March 2019).
Crews will be “called out” around 7pm to a disused commercial building which is due for demolition on London Road, following reports of a “fire”.
Fire engines from a number of local stations including Hailsham, Uckfield, Forest Row, Wadhurst, Crowborough and Mayfield are due to attend during the evening.
Paul Markwick, who has helped organise the exercise said:
“If locals see a large number of fire engines in the area, please don’t worry. We will try to keep disruption to a minimum.”
“This sort of exercise is really important for the fire and rescue service. It gives us the opportunity to work together in a scenario which we don’t often see, but could happen in real life. We’d like to thank the site’s owners for allowing us to do this.”
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Many of the crews taking part are on-call firefighters, who work for the fire service alongside day jobs or family responsibilities.
On-call firefighters carry alerters when on duty and need to be at the fire station and ready to turn out within 5 minutes of the alerter sounding, travelling at normal road speeds, typically from home or their place of work.
They are an integral part of the county’s fire cover and enable us to crew more fire appliances in some of the more rural and remote areas of the county.
The Service is currently recruiting new firefighters at Bexhill, Barcombe, Burwash, Crowborough, Forest Row, Heathfield, Herstmonceux, Lewes, Mayfield, Newhaven, Pevensey, Rye, Seaford, Wadhurst and Uckfield.
The next deadline for new applications is 1 June 2019. For more information please go to www.esfrs.org/rds