Retiring firefighters Keith Wickens and David Ash.

Two Uckfield firefighters retire

Two Uckfield firefighters retired yesterday following 60 years of service between them.

Crew Commander David Ash and Firefighter Keith Wickens were both members of the town’s retained (on call) firefighters.

Mr Ash, who works as a spiral staircase manufacturer in Glynde joined the service in Lewes in 1977 before transferring to Uckfield in 1999.

Mr Wickens joined at Uckfield in 1994 and works as a self-employed mechanical engineer. Watch manager at Uckfield Fire Station Ian Ritchie said both were wished well in their retirement.

Mr Ritchie gives details of latest incidents attended by Uckfield firefighters here:

Tuesday, May 17: An Uckfield crew used a ladder to rescue a pigeon from netting above a shop in the High Street at 10.45am.

Wednesday, May 18: At 3.40am crews from Uckfield, Lewes and Brighton worked together to fight a serious fire in a new build house on a farm on the outskirts of Lewes. Uckfield’s Bulk Water Carrier also attended.

Crews from Uckfield and Hailsham worked together using hydraulic rescue equipment at 5.35pm to cut free the occupants following a collision involving three vehicles at Barcombe.

Tuesday, May 24: Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hosereel to extinguish a camper van fire in Fletching High Street at 5.25am.

A small fire involving some school work papers was dealt with by an Uckfield crew at 3.40pm at Luxford Field.

Wednesday, May 25: An Uckfield crew provided cover in Crowborough at 9.05am while their crew dealt with an incident in Cowden.

Saturday, May 28: The storms in the early hours of Saturday saw an Uckfield crew use a submersible pump at 4.50am to clear flood water from a property in East Hoathly.

At 10.50pm a crew from Uckfield dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Newick.

Sunday, May 29: Uckfield firefighters used equipment normally reserved for vehicle incidents to remove a piece of toy train track from a child’s thumb when her mum brought her to the fire station at 11.15am.

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