Barn fire highlights shortage of retained fire fighters

Uckfield firefighters attended a barn fire involving more than 2,000 bales of hay and straw at Plumpton on Thursday.fire_modern_engine

They attended with one fire appliance and the bulk water carrier. The water carrier remained at the scene all day leaving a 12,000 litre dam on site overnight for crews to protect adjacent structures, according to watch manager Ian Ritchie.

The following day, Friday, (July 30) one fire appliance returned to the fire at 8.30am as a relief crew as the fire continued to burn.

Mr Ritchie said the shortage of retained (on call) firefighters across the county was again highlighted by the barn fire and a crew from Brighton covered Uckfield while Uckfield firefighters were at Plumpton.

At 2.30pm the Brighton crew were called to a fire in the open in Grange Road, which was found to be a bonfire under control.

Other call-outs in the past fortnight have included:

Thursday, July 16: Two crews were called reports of a fire at Framfield School at 9am when smoke from a boiler flue was mistakenly thought to be coming from the building.

Friday, July 17: An Uckfield crew extinguished a fire involving a garden fence at a property in Newick at 9.05am.

Sunday, July 19: Crews from Uckfield and Forest Row were called to assist ambulance personnel at a Danehill property at 7.50pm. Unfortunately, one person was pronounced dead at the scene following an accident in which a gamekeepers buggy overturned.

Monday, July 20: Uckfield firefighters were called to make the scene of a road accident safe on the A22 Maresfield bypass at 8.15am. One of the vehicles involved was fuelled by Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) and was leaking gas following the collision. Specialist advice was provided by a service Hazardous Materials Officer.

Friday, July 24: Crews from Uckfield and Hailsham attended a call to a barn fire at Golden Cross at 9.30am. On arrival they found the cause of the call to be a bonfire which was under control.

At 1.30pm Uckfield and Crowborough crews worked together to free two people from a car following a collision near Kingstanding on the Ashdown Forest. The elderly vehicle occupants were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Saturday, July 25: An accident on the A26 between Uckfield and Lewes at 2.10pm saw crews from both towns work together to free one vehicle occupant.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also provided cover in Crowborough and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Heathfield, Horam and Easons Green.

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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