Number of firefighters could be cut in Uckfield

Cuts could be made to the number of whole-time firefighters stationed in Uckfield.

Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie said an initial meeting had been held to look at reducing numbers at several fire stations including in Uckfield, Crowborough and Lewes. fire_modern_engine

Mr Ritchie, who provides a fortnightly update for UckfieldNews.com about incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters, said more news about cuts was awaited.

In his latest round-up of news he said firefighters were called out on Saturday after a car hit a verge and left the road, hitting and snapping an electricity pole before crashing through a hedge and landing in a field.

He said the driver miraculously escaped injury. The incident happened just as a road safety event was being held at Uckfield Fire Station. See our report of that event here.

The previous day, on Friday, November 29, a driver escaped unhurt at 9.20am when their car overturned after colliding with a bank near Framfield. Fire crews made the vehicle and scene safe.

Other call-outs have included:

Saturday, November 16: An Uckfield crew attended a large bonfire in Maresfield at 10.30pm when several calls were made. An blaze that could be seen from the village and the bypass was found to be under control in a field.

Tuesday, November 19: At 1.20pm one fire appliance was called to a car fire at the Harlands Estate, Ridgewood. The vehicle owner had been attempting to drain petrol from the vehicle when it ignited. Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to tackle the fire and the owner received hospital treatment for burns to his hands.

Wednesday, November 20: A fire involving a ‘Cherry Picker’ high reach vehicle was dealt with at 11.10am

Thursday, November 21: Uckfield firefighters assisted a Crowborough crew at 1.20pm in dealing with a road accident on the A26 Beacon Road. Several people from two cars received minor injuries.

Friday, November 22: Two crews from Uckfield were sent to an accident in Nutley at 6.05am. On arrival they found a large goods vehicle had left the road and turned onto its side. The driver managed to escape through the passenger door before firefighters assisted him down by ladder.

Saturday, November 23: An Uckfield crew provided cover in Lewes at 10.15am while a fire in a cell at Lewes Prison was tackled.

At 7.50pm the same day, firefighters were called to a chimney fire at Piltdown where they had to work from both the grate and the roof to extinguish the fire. Chimney safety

Sunday, October 24: One crew was sent to a block of flats in Uckfield at11.10am to gain access to an elderly resident who had collapsed after friends were unable contact her. Firefighters cared for the injured lady until an ambulance arrived.

Tuesday, October 26: Uckfield firefighters were again supporting a Crowborough crew to deal with a kitchen fire in Crowborough at 6.15pm.

Wednesday, November 27: Another bonfire was dealt with in Maresfield at 8.30pm.

Thursday, November 28: A chimney fire at a house in Nutley at 8.45pm was extinguished after a woodburning stove was removed.

Uckfield crews have also attended fire alarms sounding in, Uckfield, Newick, Barcombe and Crowborough.

For free home safety advice ring 0800 177 7069 or visit the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service website here.

See also:

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Christmas cards cutback will aid Uckfield Foodbank

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