Round-up of news from Uckfield firefighters

Accidents at Budletts near Maresfield and Cross in Hand were among incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters in the past fortnight.fire_modern_engine

Watch manager Ian Ritchie gives a round-up of news here:

Saturday, February 14: One crew was called to assist the Police at 4.30pm to gain access through locked gates in a hunt for a missing person in Maresfield.

Monday, February 16: Uckfield firefighters dealt with a chimney fire at The Peacock public house in Shortbridge at 11.20am.

Friday, February 20: A car fire in the High Street at 2.45pm caused traffic chaos for a while as an Uckfield crew dealt with the incident. The incident was outside Santander and bank staff looked after the driver and her children while firefighters wore breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire with a hosereel.

Sunday, February 22: Crews from Uckfield and Heathfield worked together at to free the driver of a car following a crash at Cross In Hand at 8am. The car was badly damaged after colliding with an articulated petrol tanker and a lamp post. Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof to release the driver with potential neck and back injuries.

At 8.15am Uckfield’s second fire appliance was sent to deal with another accident at Little London near Horam.

Tuesday, February 24: A crew from Uckfield were sent to cover Eastbourne at 3pm! The shortage of available ‘On Call’ firefighters at Hailsham, Pevensey and Herstmonceux resulted in the long distance cover move as crews from Seaford and Bexhill had to be drafted in to assist Eastbourne firefighters at a fire in a fish & chip restaurant. While on their journey back to Uckfield, the crew were returned to Eastbourne to attend a call to fire alarms sounding.

Thursday, February 26: Uckfield and Crowborough crews attended an accident at Budletts near Maresfield at 8.20am following a collision between a car and a lorry. Nobody was trapped and the scene and vehicles were made safe.

Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Five Ash Down and Sheffield Park.

Home safety visits, designed to raise awareness of safety matters in the home, are always available across the local communities. These visits include the fitting of free smoke alarms where required and are undertaken by firefighters from your local fire station.

For free home safety advice ring 0800 177 7069 or visit Home Safety Visits

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