Uckfield firefighters wear breathing apparatus as they tackle house fire

Uckfield firefighters used breathing apparatus when they joined five other crews to tackle a house fire in North Chailey on Wednesday.

Uckfield Fire Station.

Uckfield Fire Station.

Both Uckfield appliances and its bulk water carrier were called to the blaze at 1.30am which was in the roof of a large detached property, according to watch manager Ian Ritchie.

Other incidents attended in the past fortnight include the rescue of the driver of a car stranded in flood water at Sharpsbridge in Piltdown. They led a woman to safety unharmed but cold and shaken by her experience.

The next day they helped in the rescue of a horse trapped in a stream at Halland and later dealt with an electrical fire at a house in Nutley.

February began with Uckfield firefighters supporting a Crowborough crew dealing with a bedroom fire at a residential care home in Crowborough. There were also chimney fires at Isfield and Crowborough and a leakage of heating oil at Blackboys.

On Friday, February 8, crews attended a road accident on the A26 at Little Horsted and released a trapped car driver.

They then used firefighting foam and breathing apparatus to extinguish a car fire in Ridgewood.

Uckfield crews have also attended calls to fire alarms operating in Uckfield, Mayfield, Crowborough, Hadlow Down and Maresfield.

To complete the variety of incidents, on Monday, February 11, Uckfield firefighters provided oxygen to a person who came into the fire station suffering an asthma attack until an ambulance arrived.

Anybody requiring safety advice can contact East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service on 0800 1777069, email homefire.safetyvisits@esfrs.org or visit www.esfrs.org to arrange a visit when free advice will be provided together with free smoke alarms if required.

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