Uckfield firefighters help as motorcyclist suffers burns in accident

A motorcyclist was seriously injured when his bike left the road and caught fire at North Chailey this morning.

Uckfield firefighters attended, extinguished the fire and assisted medical staff at the scene before the man was flown to hospital by air ambulance.fire_modern_engine

The accident happened at 9.45am. Uckfield Fire Station watch manager Ian Ritchie said the rider suffered severe burns.

Later today at 1.30pm a crew from the station weere called to a shed fire at Buckham Hill. The owner had managed to extinguish the fire with a garden hose before it could spread to neighbouring property.

Ian Ritchie writes below about other calls attended by Uckfield firefighters in the last fortnight:

Uckfield’s central location has seen town fire crews covering a wide area over the past fortnight to attend a variety of incidents.

Tuesday, June 2: Uckfield firefighters worked in breathing apparatus with crews from Heathfield and Eastbourne at 8.25am to extinguish a fire in a farm building used as a cattle shed in Chiddingly. The animals had been safely evacuated.

Thursday, June 4: At 3pm crews from Uckfield and Heathfield attended a road accident in Heathfield after a car crashed into a tree. The young female driver was not trapped and escaped with minor injuries.

Saturday, June 6: A fire on the Ashdown Forest near the Crow and Gate pub at 1.45pm saw an Uckfield crew working with several other crews from across the county. Four fire appliances and six landrovers attended the scene which involved five hectares of gorse and undergrowth. Three of the landrovers were drafted in from West Sussex.

Monday, June 8: Crews from Uckfield and Lewes extinguished a large bonfire which had got out of control at Laughton at 1.40pm.

Another bonfire was dealt with by Uckfield firefighters in Hadlow Down at 5.10pm.

Tuesday, June 9: A ‘persons reported’ fire call in Maresfield at 4.30pm was attended by crews from Uckfield and Crowborough. The occupier had escaped from the house when crews arrived and firefighters wore breathing apparatus to enter the building and extinguish a fire in the kitchen.

Thursday, June 11: Two large fires in Brighton and Hove at the same time saw the service stretched. Crews from Uckfield and Burgess Hill attended a call in Brighton at 5.55pm which was caused by smoke from one of the other fires. Read more about city fires impacting on county fire cover in an Argus story here.

The Uckfield crew were then sent on to provide cover at Roedean Fire Station until 10pm leaving the town with a restricted level of cover.

Friday, June 12: Uckfield firefighters freed a baby from a hot car in Maresfield at 2pm after he had been accidentally locked in. He was released unharmed back into the arms of his frantic mum.

Saturday, June 13: Uckfield’s continuing community engagement activities saw a crew attend the High Hurstwood village fete where visitors can see the fire engine and equipment first hand and discuss home safety with the firefighters.

At 5.10pm Uckfield firefighters worked in breathing apparatus to extinguish a fire on a farm in Framfield. A tractor in a barn was ‘well alight’ on arrival and the crews used compressed air foam to fight the fire

Uckfield firefighters have also provided cover in Brighton and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Easons Green, Mayfield and Heathfield during the past fortnight.

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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Visitors to the High Hurstwood Fete yesterday had the chance to look around a fire engine and equipment and talk about home safety with firefighters from Uckfield.

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