Uckfield firefighters in action

A fatal road crash and a fire caused by the careless disposal of a barbecue were two of the calls attended by Uckfield firefighters in the last fortnight.fire_modern_engine

Watch manager Ian Ritchie said the crash was on the A26 at Ringmer at 9.05am on Thursday between a lorry and a van.

Tragically the van driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Firefighters worked for an hour to free the lorry driver who was taken to hospital with leg and back injuries.

The road was closed for most of the day while Sussex Police investigated the scene. See also another Uckfield News story: Man who died in A26 crash near Lewes named.

The previous Sunday, July 6, there was a fire in undergrowth at 10am on land behind Maresfield recreation ground started by a discarded disposable barbecue.

Mr Ritchie said: “People are urged to take extra care with barbecues at this time of year and ensure they are fully extinguished after use. Further information can be found here: Barbecue Safety.

Other call-outs included:

Thursday, July 3: Uckfield and Mayfield firefighters worked together at 8.30am to free the driver of a crashed car in Heathfield. Crews used hydraulic cutting equipment to remove the roof of the vehicle before assisting paramedics to remove the young lady with suspected neck and back injuries.

Saturday, July 5: One crew was called to a ‘fire in the open’ in Halland at 10.50pm. On arrival they found a motorcycle rally gathered in a field with a large bonfire to keep the revellers warm!

Tuesday, July 8: Two crews from Uckfield and Crowborough dealt with a small fire in the kitchen of a house in Nutley at 3.40pm. The fire and damage were confined to the oven.

Wednesday, July 9: The town’s bulk water carrier was mobilised to Newhaven at 2pm to support crews in fighting a fire involving several hundred tonnes of waste material at a skip hire firm. Crews worked through the night to contain the fire and relief personnel were sent to crew the Water Carrier which returned to Uckfield at 4am the following morning.

At 7.50pm one crew attended a bonfire in Vernon Road which was found to be under control.

Friday, July 11: A call to a cow in the river Uck behind houses in Keld Avenue at 7.20pm ended happily. As crews struggled to find access for Crowborough’s animal rescue vehicle, the cow managed to struggle out itself after half an hour of coaxing. See also: Cow’s adventure in river near Keld Avenue, Uckfield.

Saturday, July 12: Uckfield and Barcombe firefighters were called to a house fire in Newick at 8.05pm when a neighbour heard a smoke alarm sounding. Crews found the occupier had been cooking while under the influence of alcohol and had burnt his dinner.

Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Little Horsted, Hadlow Down, Crowborough and Newick.

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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