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Help Us to Reduce False Alarms

Date : 21 May 2020

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Overnight, East Sussex Fire and Rescue attended 25 incidents, 50 percent of these call outs were false alarms or automatic fire alarms. 

We are trying to reduce the number of false alarms we attend, as it not only falsely inflates the number of real incidents we attend but also ties up the resource that has to attend and makes them unavailable for other calls.

Planning For A Safer Future

We are currently running a Planning For A Safer Future consultation in which we are proposing that the Service no longer automatically attend calls to fire alarms operating in low risk commercial premises. This decision will enable crews to become available to carry out valuable prevention and protection work.

You can read about our Planning For A Safer Future consultation and take part in our survey here 

You can also read about how YOU can help us to reduce false alarms here

Other incidents 

  • At 16:53, firefighters from Rye and The Ridge were called to attend Camber Road, Camber following reports of a fire.  Crews used one Hose Reel to extinguish a fire in the undergrowth caused by electrical cables arching.  The incident was handed over to UK Power Networks.
  • At 17:13, Hastings firefighters were called to attend Nelson Road, Hastinga following reports of a dangerous structure.  Crews used an Aerial Ladder Platform to reach loose tiles hanging over a public walkway.  Crews made the scene safe. 
  • At 20:48, Brighton firefighters attended Kings Road, Brighton following reports of a number of bins on fire.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the bin fires.  The cause of the fires was deemed accidental.        
  • At 20:58, Hove firefighters attended a bin fire on Chirch Road, Hove.  Crews used one Hose Reel Jet to extinguish the fire.                
  • At 22:33, firefighters from Uckfield and Barcombe attended a small barn fire on Allington Road, Newick.  Crews used two main jets to extinguish the fire in a derelict barn.  The cause of the fire was deemed accidental.   
  • At 03:15, Seaford firefighters attended a flooding in a building on Claremont Road, Seaford.  Crews isolated the flood and carried out salvage.               



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