Uckfield firefighters help at two serious accidents

Uckfield firefighters attended two serious road accidents on Saturday morning (June 15).fire_modern_engine

The first call came at 3.30am to an incident on the A26 at Five Ash Down where a car had left the road and travelled 30 metres into woodland. The lights of the car were spotted by a passing lorry driver who called the emergency services, writes watch manager Ian Ritchie.

Firefighters had to cut away some small trees and branches to gain full access to the vehicle before removing the roof as they worked with paramedics to free the 23 year old driver.

Later that morning, two Uckfield crews attended a fatal collision on the A22 Maresfield By-pass. The woman passenger of one vehicle died at the scene and the driver, who had to be cut from the wreckage of the vehicle, received serious injuries and was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Two people in a second car were taken to hospital after escaping with minor injuries.

Uckfield crews have attended four other road accidents in the area in the past few days. On Tuesday, June 4 at 2.45pm they assisted a Crowborough crew with an incident on Beacon Road, Crowborough.

They attended two accidents on Wednesday, June 12, firstly at 8am in Nutley and at 4pm at London Road in Uckfield.

At 1.30pm on Friday, June 14, an Uckfield crew assisted a crew from Lewes at an accident in Ringmer.

Luckily for all concerned, only minor injuries were received by the people involved in these incidents.

Ironically, this week (June 17 to June 22) is Uckfield Road Safety Week during which local schools will attend a road safety day at Luxford Field in the town on Thursday, June 20.

Further information on road safety from ESFRS can be found at www.esfrs.org/roadsafety

Other calls answered by Uckfield firefighters included one on Wednesday, June 5, at 2pm, when they were first on the scene at a large fire on the Ashdown Forest.

Additional crews were brought in from across East Sussex, West Sussex and Kent to assist as the fire rapidly spread across an area from the Long car park north of Nutley to Beaconsfield Road in Chelwood Gate. At its height, more than 100 firefighters, 16 fire appliances, ten  Land Rovers and two water carriers were used to bring the fire under control.

On Monday, June 3, an Uckfield crew dealt with a small electrical fire at Horam Park Golf Club after smoke was spotted coming from the roof of the clubhouse.

The town’s crews have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Buxted and Crowborough.

Home Safety Visits designed to raise awareness of safety matters in the home, including the fitting of free smoke alarms where required, are always available from your local fire station.

For free home safety advice ring 0800 177 7069 or visit www.esfrs.org/hsv.shtml

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