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Care Homes Urged to have Robust, Practised Evacuation and Business Continuity Measures in Place

Date : 23 December 2021

A fire at a Crowborough care home has prompted East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to remind other residential homes of the importance of having evacuation measures in place in the event of a fire.

Group Manager Katie Cornhill who attended the incident, praised the York Lodge Care Home Myrtle Road, Crowborough, for its quick and safe evacuation of residents this morning, following a small fire in the basement.

The fire broke out at 8.42am (22 Dec 2021), which was attended by four appliances, alongside a command support unit.

A full evacuation of sixteen residents and staff had been successfully carried out by the time crews arrived at the scene.

Care Home Manager Lindsay Filshie said: “They were amazing, every single one of those firefighters. They were so nice, calm and gave us all reassurance. They were outstanding and explained everything, they really did. Thank you.”

A fire investigation is now underway to determine the cause and crews remained at the scene until 10.54am, when the stop message came in.

Katie Cornhill said: “At this time of the year, it is important to still have good fire safety management and evacuation procedures in place that are well rehearsed, alongside robust business continuity plans that are also rehearsed”.

 “On this occasion staff passed on the necessary information quickly and effectively, which brought this incident to a successful conclusion and all residents had been safely evacuated by the time we arrived.

 “We would like to remind managers of other residential, care and nursing homes that good business fire safety advice can be found on our website, which has specific fire safety pages relating to care homes.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service website has life-saving fire safety advice for residential care homes, including other environments where vulnerable people will need to rely on others for their safety. Please click here for further information:

 Residential Care Homes ¦ East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (esfrs.org)



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