Uckfield firefighters provide cover across Sussex

Uckfield firefighters have provided cover in Brighton, Crowborough, Haywards Heath and Lewes in the past fortnight.

Watch manager Ian Ritchie reports:fire_modern_engine

Saturday, August 1: The month started with another trip to Plumpton at 9am to finish off a barn fire which had burned for three days.

At 2.40pm one crew attended a call to a fire in the open at Isfield but found a bonfire which was under control.

Thursday, August 6: At 8.35am a crew from Uckfield provided cover in Crowborough while their Animal Rescue team assisted Kent Fire Service.

At 3.15pm the same crew covered Haywards Heath while West Sussex crews dealt with an incident.

The miles continued to build up when an Uckfield crew worked with Lewes firefighters in Ringmer at 5pm to deal with a large bonfire that had got out of control.

Saturday, August 8: Back to cover Crowborough at 4.20pm while they dealt with an incident in Forest Row.

At 11.20pm, two crews were sent to reports of a fire in the roof of Holy Cross Church. Firefighters used ladders to access the roof to find an amber floodlight which had genuinely been mistaken for a fire.

Sunday, August 9: Uckfield and Heathfield crews attended a call to a fire at a remote property in Cross In Hand at 1.20pm. The occupants had a lucky escape when the flammable vapours from a can of expanding foam were ignited when the boiler cut in causing only minor damage. This incident highlights the importance of reading and following the safety information provided on such containers.

At 2.20pm an Uckfield crew extinguished a fire on the embankment of the Bluebell Railway which had spread to an adjacent field in Ketches Lane at Sheffield Park. Firefighters drove across two fields to reach the incident.

Monday, August 10: Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus to fight a fire in the roof space of a property near Hartfield at 2.40pm and were supported by a crew from Crowborough.

Tuesday, August 11: An undergrowth fire at Broadstone Warren on the Ashdown Forest was attended by crews from Uckfield and East Grinstead at 4.40pm.

At 10.30pm one crew attended the scene of an accident at Buckham Hill. They cordoned off the area while awaiting the arrival of UK Power Network to deal with a damaged electricity pole.

Thursday, August 13: The storms which hit Sussex causing flooding in coastal towns resulted in East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service receiving 300 emergency calls in a short period of time which stretched resources across the County.

An Uckfield crew was initially moved to cover the Lewes area at 12.10pm before being sent into Brighton at 1.20pm to pump water from flooded properties.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have provided cover in Crowborough, Lewes, Haywards Heath and Brighton and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Five Ash Down, Uckfield, and Buxted.

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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