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Overnight Incident Round-Up 16 March

Date : 16 March 2020

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a variety of overnight incidents, including false alarms in Hailsham, Brighton, Hove, Newick and Eastbourne.

Please help us reduce these incidents, which can divert our crews from real emergencies. Please follow this advice:

  • Remember, fire alarm systems are there to alert occupants to the fact that there may be a fire and depending on your fire risk assessment and emergency plans, it is normally appropriate to investigate first and only to call the Fire Service if / when there are any signs to indicate that there is actually a fire.
  • If you have an automatic alarm system, make sure it is installed properly, that you know how it works and it is serviced regularly by a competent person. The British Standards Institute's BS 5839 has recommendations for the planning, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of these systems. If these are followed, a false alarm issue is unlikely to occur.
  • Best practice requires that false alarms are logged and investigated so that any patterns and trends are identified and dealt with.
  • Be aware that steam and dust can trigger alarms and take precautions when possible.
  • Ensure staff and/or residents know what to do when the alarm goes off.

Other overnight incidents include:

  •  At 12:37 yesterday (15 March) a crew were sent to tackle a chimney fire in Whiteway, Alfriston, where they used a specialist kit for the incident.
  • At 18.17 yesterday (15 March) an appliance was sent to the skate park in Marshfoot Lane, Hailsham, which transpired to be controlled burning.
  • At 19:48 yesterday (15 March) two appliances were sent to a property in Sherwood Road, Seaford, due to a microwave smoking, caused by overheated food, but there was no fire.
  •  At 19.51 yesterday (15 March) a crew were sent to a communal wheelie bin fire in Sillwood Street, Brighton. Firefighters used one hose jet to tackle the fire. 

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