Uckfield firefighters help after light aircraft crashes into tree

Uckfield firefighters joined efforts yesterday to rescue a pilot from his light aircraft which crashed into a tree at a remote airfield at Cross in Hand.fire_modern_engine

Crews from Uckfield and Mayfield were called at 12.10pm, along with a high reach vehicle from Hastings, writes Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie.

The plane was perched about 20 metres up, and while the pilot was uninjured firefighters were unable to access the tree canopy.

A specialist height rope rescue team from Battle and Bexhill Fire Stations attended and brought the pilot back to earth. See pictures here.

Other incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters over the past fortnight include:

Friday, September 2: A call to reports of smoke at an industrial estate at Easons Green at 11.55am was found to be from a builder’s large bonfire which was under control.

Saturday, September 3: Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hosereel to extinguish a car fire at 2.40am on the A22 at East Hoathly.

One Uckfield crew were called to a reported fire at Sheffield Park at 6pm where they found that flares had been set off and the smoke hanging over the road had been held down by the mist.

Sunday, September 4: An Uckfield crew provided cover in Crowborough at 9.30am.

Wednesday, September 7: A call to a fire alarm at a Piltdown property at 9.55pm was found to be an intruder alarm sounding.

Sunday, September 11: An Uckfield crew provided cover in Crowborough again at 7.30pm while their crew dealt with a fire in Rotherfield.

Monday, September 12: At 12.55pm crews from Lewes and Uckfield were called to a traffic accident at Cooksbridge after a lorry brought down a large tree bough which landed on the following car. A pregnant occupant of the car suffered shock and was given oxygen therapy by firefighters who passed her into the care of ambulance personnel.

Tuesday, September 13: Crews from Uckfield and Hailsham worked together at 9.50am to fight a fire in a mobile home in Vines Cross. Firefighters from both stations wore breathing apparatus to bring the fire under control with water jets and compressed air foam as it began to spread to an adjacent property.

Wednesday, September 14: Uckfield and Mayfield crews were called to a road traffic collision near Hadlow Down. Nobody was trapped and the scene was made safe.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended six calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield (5) and Ridgewood.

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

Time to have your say

A public consultation has begun on the Integrated Risk Management Plan for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service for the period 2017 to 2020 and you are invited to have your say here ESFRS – IRMP Survey

Please take your time to read the background information to try and understand where you think the service will be by 2020 and what service you can expect before answering each question.

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