Uckfield Fire Station’s water carrier has been heavily relied on across East Sussex over the past fortnight.
Watch manager Ian Ritchie says the carrier holds 12,000 litres of water which can be delivered to the ‘fireground’ from a large dam via a portable pump. This can be refilled as required.
The carrier is particularly useful for fire in rural areas where the nearest water supply may be some distance from the scene.
Most recently it was used on Tuesday (November 12) at two barn fires. One was in Dallington in the early hours of the morning where crews from Heathfield and Battle worked from 4.10am until 11am.
That evening both of Uckfield’s fire appliances and the water carrier were called to a barn fire in Forest Row where they worked until 1.30am the following morning. A crew from Barcombe moved into Uckfield to provide cover for the town.
The carrier was also used at a barn fire in Horsted Keynes and at a boiler fire at a house in Heathfield on Saturday, November 2.
It was used again in a fire at the Whitesmith recycling centre on Wednesday, November 6, and the following day at a factory fire in Newhaven and at a house fire in Rottingdean. These fires were mentioned in a previous Uckfield News.com story: Uckfield firefighters help at major incidents
Other calls attended by Uckfield firefighters have included a gas leak at the Golden Cross service station where they worked with Hailsham firefighters on Monday, November 4, at 9.30pm.
They were also called to a bonfire in Buxted on Wednesday, November 6, at 12.25pm but that was under control on arrival. There was a hedge fire the same day in Uckfield which was started by a firework.
There was still time in the past fortnight for firefighters to raise funds for charity – their fun day on Saturday, November 9, raised more than £500 for Children in Need. More about that event here in another Uckfield News.com story: Uckfield firefighters raise £500 for Children in Need.