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Uckfield Community Fire Station

Contact Details

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service,
Bell Farm Road,
Uckfield,
East Sussex,
TN22 1BA

www.esfrs.org/stations/stations/uckfield.shtml

Map shows Uckfield Community Fire Station in Uckfield,

About Uckfield Community Fire Station

Uckfield Fire Station based in Bell Farm Road is hub for a variety of activities in addition to its primary role as a base for firefighters and their equipment.uckfield-fire-station

It was built in 1996 to provide a modern replacement for an old and cramped building in Keld Avenue which has been converted into four houses.

The station houses two fire appliances, a bulk water carrier and a general purpose truck.

The station and its mixture of whole-time and part-time personnel cover the largest area of all stations in the county, from Nutley in the north to East Hoathly in the south and from Hadlow Down to Piltdown east to west.

Due to their central location, crews from Uckfield also provide cover further afield in support of retained or ‘on call’ stations and into West Sussex.

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The old Uckfield Fire Station in Keld Avenue was converted into houses.

Recent incidents

Crews from Uckfield Fire Station were mobilised 449 times in 2015, an increase from 387 in 2014 but a dramatic drop from the 600 in 2011. These include calls to provide support to other stations across the county and to West Sussex.

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Key:

Fires – Primary fires affecting property or people.
Fire in open – Rubbish, grass, heathland etc.
Chimney – Fires confined to a chimney.
Vehicle fire – Fire involving any kind of vehicle.
RTC – Road traffic collisions.
SSC other – Flooding, lift rescue, animal rescue, person trapped etc.
AFA – Call to automatic fire alarms.
False alarm – Good intent or malicious.
Assist other stn’s – Calls to assist at incidents on other station grounds including use of Water Carrier.
Standby – Provide cover at other station grounds while they deal with incidents.
Assist West Sussex/Kent – Calls to assist at incidents in neighbouring Counties.

Community Safety

Staff at Uckfield undertake a variety of community safety initiatives including home safety visits, group talks, road safety activities and host electric blanket testing.

Your local firefighters can arrange to visit you to discuss fire safety in the home and, if necessary, fit smoke alarms. This is a free service which aims to make the community a safer place through fire prevention and early detection.

To arrange a visit please go to www.esfrs.org/hsv.shtml or phone 0800 1777069.

Community Activities

An annual open day, see picture below, is the main community event of the year at Uckfield Fire Station but staff are involved in a variety of other charity activities including the National Firefighters Charity which supports injured firefighters and their families. A fire engine helped Santa to deliver his presents at Christmas much to the delight of many children in the town.

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School Activities

Firefighters support school curriculum activities through visits to schools or by schools visiting the fire station. These visits can be tailored to suit the required subject matter.

Visists can be arranged by writing to the station manager at Uckfield Fire Station.

Youth Group Activities

Youth groups are always welcome at the fire station either for an informal visit or for a structured course to suit badge work. Contact ian.ritchie@esfrs.org for further details.

Uckfield Fire Station history

Read articles by Ian Ritchie about Uckfield Fire Station’s history by following the links below:

History of Firefighting in Uckfield

Uckfield’s firefighting history – brigade gets horse-drawn steamer

Uckfield’s firefighting history – World War 2

How Uckfield fire service developed after World War 2

Uckfield’s firefighting history – when roads on the Ashdown Forest burned

Uckfield’s firefighting history: Great gale devastation

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