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Incident round-up 4 February

Date : 04 February 2019


East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service don’t just deal with fires. Crews are regularly called to a variety of incidents to keep our community safe. Find out what they have been up to overnight.

Road Traffic Collisions 

  • At 9.27 yesterday (3 February) two appliances from Battle and Bexhill were sent to Church Road, in Catsfield, following reports of a road traffic collision involving one vehicle and one tree. One casualty was left in the care of paramedics.
  •  At 14.51 yesterday (3 February) Crowborough firefighters were sent to Eridge Road, in Eridge Green, where they made the area safe, following a road traffic collision involving two cars and one deer.
  • At 15.58 yesterday (3 February) two appliances from Crowborough and Uckfield were sent to New Road, in Duddleswell, following reports of casualties trapped in a road traffic collision involving four cars, one van. One casualty was rescued from a van and left in the care of paramedics. The second casualty was cut free from the wreckage of a car and again left in the care of paramedics.

Did you know that on average 1 in 278 people are killed or injured in road traffic collisions in East Sussex every year?For advice, hints and tips on road safety click here.

Animal Rescue

  • At 10.29 yesterday crews, including our specialist animal rescue team, were sent to Chillies Lane, High Hurstwood, Buxted, after a horse needed to be rescued after getting stuck against a fence in a field.

Crowborough wholetime and retained firefighters crew two pumping appliances, one Animal Rescue Vehicle, one Water Bowser and provide cover for approximately 10200 hectares.

The Animal Rescue crews cover the whole of Sussex and parts of Kent and have been nationally recognised for their expertise.

Crowborough crews also serve the outlying villages of Eridge, Groombridge, Blackham, Withyam and Duddleswell.

Miscellaneous

  •  At 11.48 yesterday Brighton firefighters were sent to Hartington Road, Brighton, after a dangerous structure was reported to Sussex Control Centre. One window was seen hanging from its bottom hinge. Firefighters cordoned off the area, while they made the scene safe for the public. 

Fires

  • At 12.01 yesterday two appliances were sent to an electrical fire in Woodingdean, Brighton, where carbon dioxide was used to cook the cables.
  • At 15.17 yesterday Newhaven firefighters attended a small fire in the open on the West Beach and one hose reel jet was used to put this out. 
  •  At 19.49 yesterday Hove firefighters were sent to Shoreham Road, Hove, where they extinguished a bin fire using one hose reel jet.
  • At 21.05 yesterday Brighton firefighters were sent to Dyke Road, in Brighton where a fire, involving cardboard, outside a building was reported but out on arrival.
  • At 1.11 this morning Hastings firefighters were sent to Silchester Road, in St Leonards, following reports of a bin fire. Upon arrival three commercial wheelie bins were on fire and spreading to a nearby fence. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire.
  •  At 1.48 this morning a crew were sent to Church Road, in St Leonards, following reports of a bin fire. Firefighters used one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.
  •  At 3.02 this morning Hastings firefighters were sent to a bin fire in Magdalen Road, St Leonards, following reports of a bin fire. The crew used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire.

Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger.

Just because there's no flame does not mean there's no fire risk.

Find out what to check for to ensure your appliances don't put you, your family or housemates at risk from fire. 

Businesses are being reminded not to leave combustible materials close to premises, which can become a fire hazard as flames can quickly spread to nearby buildings placing others at risk.

Businesses should consider this risk, within their fire risk assessment, which should address the risk of a fire on their premises affecting others in the vicinity - especially where this affects others ability to escape. Have a look at our Business Safety pages.

Lift Rescue

  • At 22.23 last night two appliances from Brighton and Roedean were sent to St James Street, in Brighton, where they rescued one person stuck in a lift.

We are committed to reducing the high number of non-emergency lift calls as they cost the public money and more importantly mean our crews are unavailable to respond to real emergencies. 

The potential of a lift stopping between floors or lift doors failing to open is a foreseeable event that does not always require the attendance of our fire crews. 

We expect that the building’s owner or occupants have a way to deal with these non-emergency events when they happen. You should not rely on calling 999.

You should make arrangements to provide a 24/7 non-emergency lift release service within a reasonable period of time, as well as communications facilities inside the elevator so a person can raise the alarm. Find out more.

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