They ended the year attending a variety of incidents as watch manager Ian Ritchie reports here:
Tuesday, December15: A foreign truck driver parked in a lay-by on the by-pass got a shock at 3.45pm when an Uckfield fire appliance pulled up alongside him. A passing motorist had noticed a flame in the cab of the vehicle but it was nothing more than the bewildered driver cooking his tea on a camping stove.
At 3.55pm the same crew were sent to deal with a chimney fire at a house in Chelwood Gate.
A large bonfire was found to be under control at Easons Green at 8.45pm after a motorist called to report smoke across the road.
Thursday, December 17: One crew extinguished a fire involving a tyre on an articulated lorry at 9.50am on the A26 at Isfield.
Saturday, December 19: Uckfield firefighters worked with Crowborough’s Large Animal Rescue unit at 2.50pm to rescue a horse at Framfield. Sadly the animal did not survive its ordeal.
Sunday, December 20: A casualty was given oxygen therapy by Uckfield firefighters until the arrival of an ambulance following a road traffic collision on the by-pass at Maresfield at 4.45pm.
Wednesday, December 23: Crews from Uckfield and Lewes worked together using hydraulic rescue equipment to cut a casualty free from a car following a four-car collision on the A26 at Clay Hill. The person was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries.
Thursday, December 24: Father Christmas delivered more than 70 presents to excited youngsters as Uckfield firefighters drove him around the town on a fire engine. They raised £300 for the Firefighters’ Charity in the process.
Friday, December 25: A call to a smell of burning saw crews from Uckfield and Crowborough attend a property in Uckfield at 11.30pm. An electrical fire involving external supply cables was found to be the cause and the incident was handed over to UK Power Networks in the early hours of Boxing Day.
Sunday, December 27: At 2.30pm, crews from Uckfield and Lewes were again working together to cut free an occupant of a vehicle following a collision at Laughton.
Tuesday, December 29: One crew was called to deal with a chimney fire in Little Horsted at 12.05pm.
During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Sheffield Park.
Uckfield firefighters wish you all a SAFE and Happy New Year.
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