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Overnight round-up 8 January

Date : 08 January 2019


Be Your Own Hero in 2019 and take steps to keep yourself safe both in the home and on the roads. Find out what you can do.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended various incidents overnight including chimney and cooking fires, as well as a road traffic collision and lift rescue.


  • At 18.24 yesterday (7 January) an appliance was sent to Gilham Lane, Forest Row, where they dealt with a chimney fire, using specialist rods. A Home Safety Visit was carried out at the scene.
  •  At 1.59 this morning (8 January) two appliances from Brighton and Hove were sent to Woodland Drive, in Hove, where they made a property safe, following a small kitchen fire and assisted by ventilating the property. A Home Safety Visit was carried out at the incident.

Chimney Safety

Residents can take precautions to prevent a chimney fire in the home including making sure your chimney is swept regularly and according to the type of fuel used. Find out more on how to keep safe, if you have a chimney, along with contact details for the National Association of Chimney Sweeps, to find a reputable chimney sweep near you.

Cooking safety advice

Did you know that more than half of accidental fires at home start in the kitchen?

Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.

For more information on how to keep safe whilst you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen click here.

Road Traffic Collisions 

  • At 19.10 yesterday (7 January) two appliances from Herstmonceux and Hailsham were sent to Lower Horsebridge Road, in Hellingly, following reports of a road traffic collision involving two cars, where one casualty was trapped. Crews rescued two casualties, who were 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.

Lift Rescue

  • At 19.55 yesterday (7 January) firefighters rescued one person shut in a lift at a property in Holliers Hil, Bexhill. 

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 how you can help reduce lift call-outs.


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