Uckfield firefighters attend two fatal crashes

Three lives were claimed in two accidents attended by Uckfield firefighters during the first fortnight of April.fire_modern_engine

The first was on Thursday, April 2, on the A272 between Piltdown and Newick when an elderly driver died from his injuries.

The second was on Sunday, April 12, at Jarvis Brook when two young men died.

Watch manager Ian Ritchie reports on activity here, starting with a fun event:

Wednesday, April 1: April started with the annual Wealden Fun and Safety day at the fire station. An incredible 915 visitors were counted in between 1030 am and 1pm to enjoy the activities designed to encourage healthy and safe lifestyles through active play and healthy eating. See report: More than 900 attend Uckfield fun and safety day

At 11.45pm Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus to extinguish a car fire with compressed air foam in Bell Farm Lane.

Thursday, April 2: The first of two tragic accidents to occur this fortnight happened at 1.10pm on the A272 between Piltdown and Newick.

Crews from Uckfield and Barcombe attended the incident involving a car and an articulated tanker. Sadly the elderly male car driver died from his injuries. Uckfield’s crew remained at the scene to cut the man from the car while Sussex Police carried out their investigation.

The lorry driver had a lucky escape as his vehicle left the road narrowly missing some trees. He was treated for shock. Fatal accident at Newick.

Saturday, April 4: An Uckfield crew provided cover in Crowborough at 9.05am while their crews dealt with a serious accident on the A26.

A ‘ring cutter’ was used to remove a ladies wedding ring when she called into the fire station at 12.55pm. A bee sting had caused her fingers to swell making the ring too tight and painful.

While attending a call to fire alarms sounding at a property in Fairwarp at 5.15pm, a local resident informed one of the crews about a fire involving a pole mounted high voltage transformer in Nursery Lane. The incident was handed over to UK Power Network.

Thursday, April 9: A large bonfire was extinguished by an Uckfield crew at 12.20pm at a property in Blackboys.

At 4.30pm crews from an Uckfield appliance and the Bulk Water Carrier worked with four other crews and four landrovers to control a fire near to the Box Car Park on the Ashdown Forest. Firefighters remained at the scene for several hours. Ashdown Forest fire

Saturday, April 11: Two crews were called to reports of a garage fire at Nutley at 7.10pm. On arrival they found a bonfire which had damaged the garage which they extinguished with a hosereel.

At 7.30pm one of the crews was diverted back to Uckfield to reports of somebody locked in a property. Firefighters used a ladder to gain access and free an elderly man who had collapsed. He was passed into the care of ambulance personnel.

At 10.15pm a call to a chimney fire at a house on Manor Park was a false alarm.

Sunday, April 12: Another tragedy on Wealden’s roads occurred at Jarvis Brook at 12.45am when two young men died in an accident. A crew from Uckfield were called to assist Crowborough crews after the car had turned over and crashed into a church wall.

Only last week, Wealden’s roads were confirmed as being amongst the most dangerous in the Country and recent events do little to argue against the fact.

A call to a van fire at Halland at 5.05pm proved to be a false alarm caused by excessive smoke from a blown turbo.

At 8pm an Uckfield crew dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Blackboys.

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

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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