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Weekend incident round-up- Love our countryside!

Date : 29 April 2019


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Following the large fire in the open overnight in Ashdown Forest and other fires in the open that we attended over the weekend, we are urging members of the public to take care in the countryside.

Did you know?

Every year in the UK, 1,700 farm buildings and 66,000 acres of grassland are destroyed by fire. 

Keeping our countryside and farmlands safe

Here are some simple steps which can keep our countryside and farmlands safe:

  • Avoid using open fires in the countryside
  • Sunlight shining through glass can start large fires - take glass bottles/jars home or put them in a waste or recycling bin
  • Keep young children and ball games away from barbecues
  • Extinguish cigarettes and other smoking materials properly
  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never leave them unattended
  • Ensure that your barbecue is fully extinguished and cold before disposing of the contents
  • Only camp and picnic in designated areas
  • Obey safety signs
  • Never throw cigarette ends out of car windows - they can ruin whole fields of crops                

If a fire breaks out

  • If a fire breaks out, call 999 immediately.
  • It can be hard to give the location for an open area so mention any landmarks, such as a public house or a church in the vicinity.

Don't tackle fires yourself. Always leave it to the professionals. 

Further information

For further information, advice and guidance on wildfires click here: https://www.esfrs.org/news/2018-news/safer-summer-watch-out-for-wildfires/

Fires in the open

Over the weekend, we attended a number of fires in the open:-

Saturday 27th April

  • At 17:08, Hove firefighters attended a fire in the open on Dyke Road Avenue, Hove.  Crews used buckets of water to extinguish the fire. 
  • At 20:16, Crowborough firefighters attended a fire in the open on Eridge Road, Crowborough.  Crews extinguish the fire.             
  • At 20:59, Brighton firefighters attended a fire in the open on Vale Avenue, Brighton.  The fire was out on arrival and the incident was handed over to Sussex Police.                 

Sunday 28th April

  • At 15:42, Eastbourne firefighters attended a fire in the open on Osbourne Road, Eastbourne.  Crews extinguished the fire.        
  • At 16:29, Eastbourne firefighters attended a fire in the open on Hampden Park Drive, Eastbourne.  Crews extinguish the fire.              

Other incidents

Over the weekend, East Sussex fire and Rescue attended a variety of incidents:-

Saturday 27th April

  • At 13:47, firefighters from Eastbourne, Lewes, Battle and Seaford attended Beachy Head Public House, Eastbourne following reports of a car hitting a building.  Crews made the scene safe.  Two casualties were handed over in to the care of SECAMB.    
  • At 19:40, Roedean firefighters attended a flooding in a residential building on College Place, Brighton.  Crews isolated the leak and carried out a Home Safety Visit.      
  • At 23:47, Eastbourne firefighters attended a hotel on Grade Parade, Eastbourne following reports of persons shut in a lift.  Crews released one person.          

Sunday 28th April

  • At 15:30, Hove firefighters attended a residential building on Cromwell Road, Hove following reports of persons shut in a lift.  Crews released one person.          
  • At 21:13, Hove firefighters attended a residential building on First Avenue, Hove following reports of a flooding.  Crews isolated the leak, carried out salvage and undertook a Home Safety Visit.                

Monday 29th April

  • At 00:59, Eastbourne firefighters attended a caravan fire on A27 Polegate Bypass.  Crews used two Breathing Apparatus and one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the fire.                
  • At 04:00, Hastings firefighters attended a bin fire on Russell Street, Hastings.  Crews used one Hose Reel to extinguish the fire.  
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