The call came at 3pm and two crews attended but there was no fire and the smell was traced to some soldering work, writes watch manager Ian Ritchie in his fortnightly round-up of activity at the town’s fire station.
Other calls included:
Monday, February 2: Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus fought a fire in a storage barn at Easons Green. Two crews from Uckfield were called to the incident just before 4am.
Another accident on the A272 at Lephams Bridge near Buxted was attended by crews from Heathfield at 7.40pm after confusion over the address from the caller. The road was closed to deal with water which was running across the road and freezing. This resulted in a spate of accidents at the end of January. Buxted road closure
One crew dealt with a chimney fire at 11pm at a house in Piltdown.
Tuesday, February 3: Uckfield and Forest Row crews attended a car fire on the A22 at Wych Cross at 9.10am.
Wednesday, February 4: One Uckfield appliance was sent to cover Haywards Heath at 12.15pm while West Sussex crews dealt with an incident.
One minute later at 12.16pm the town’s second crew were mobilised to deal with a flooding incident at a house in Halland. Firefighters isolated the water and the electrics in the property.
East Sussex crews are increasingly supporting West Sussex as the effects of financial cuts and changes to crewing systems take effect. Recently one crew from Lewes and two from Brighton were dealing with serious fires in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill at the same time.
Thursday, February 5: Children from East Hoathly and Chidingly primary schools spent the morning at Uckfield Fire Station in support of their ‘People who help us’ activities. They learned about how the Fire Service works and fire safety, then were shown around the fire engines and finally demonstrated their firefighting skills by using a hosereel in the station yard.
Wednesday, February 11: One crew were sent to cover Crowborough at 8.10am while their Large Animal Rescue Unit dealt with an incident.
They were joined by Uckfield’s second crew at 9.10am when both were sent to a fire alarm call in Crowborough.
Uckfield’s Bulk Water Carrier was sent to Hailsham at 6.20pm to provide firefighting water at a serious fire involving thatched properties. The A22 Hailsham bypass was closed southbound while crews dealt with the incident.
Thursday, February 12: A chimney fire at a property in Halland was dealt with by an Uckfield crew at 3.20pm who also carried out a Home Safety Visit while at the premises.
Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Buxted, Sheffield Park, Newick, High Hurstwood, Berwick and Crowborough.
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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