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Getting ready for the long weekend

Date : 29 April 2022

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is gearing up for the long Bank Holiday weekend, urging people to be safe while having fun.

It’s expected that tourists and locals alike will head to the seaside and countryside this May Day, and there are a number of special events where larger crowds are predicted to gather.

This includes the traditional May Day Bike Run in Hastings, which we are planning to attend with our Firebike, promoting safety tips.

Crowds are also expected at Jack in the Green in Hastings, the Foodies Festival in Brighton and Magnificent Motors in Eastbourne.

David Kemp, head of Community Safety at the Service said:

“We know there will be lots of people on the roads, getting to these great events. We really want everyone to get where they’re going safely so slowing down and leaving extra time is essential. Road users should keep a special eye out for motorbikes and cyclists, giving them plenty of space.”

He added: “We also ask that you park responsibly so our fire engines can get through easily if they are needed in an emergency.”

Other safety tips include

If you’re at the beach 

1. Choose a lifeguarded beach and swim between the red and yellow flags

2. In an emergency dial 999 for the Coastguard 

3. If you're in trouble in the water, float to live

  • Fight your instinct the thrash around
  • Lean back, extend your arms and legs
  • If you need to gently move them around to help you float
  • Float until you can control your breathing
  • Only then call for help or swim to safety


If you’re in the countryside

1. Only camp and picnic in designated areas

2. Obey safety signs

3. Avoid smoking, having BBQs or campfires – however careful you are, a spark can fly off and cause serious damage.

If you’re at a campsite 

1. Find out what firefighting arrangements on the campsite are and where the nearest telephone is

2. Keep a torch handy for emergencies and don't use a candle

3.  Keep at least 6 metres between you and your neighbours


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