Uckfield firefighters called to spate of accidents

Uckfield firefighters worked for an hour on Saturday to free the occupant of a car after being called to an accident on the B2102 at Blackboys.fire_modern_engine

Two crews used hydraulic rescue equipment, according to watch manager Ian Ritchie. They were called at 9.45am.

Mr Ritchie says, in a round-up of activity covering the past fortnight, that firefighters are urging drivers to think about their driving habits following a spate of accidents on local roads during wintery conditions.

One particularly hazardous place was Lephams Bridge near Buxted.

Mr Ritchie lists incidents here:

Saturday, January 17: The first of a spate of accidents due to icy conditions on the A272 at Lephams Bridge near Buxted was attended at 7.10am. Nobody was trapped but firefighters made the vehicle safe while ambulance personnel tended to the injured driver.

Wednesday, January 21: Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus to extinguish a car fire on the B2192 at Blackboys at 12.45pm. The road was closed for 20 minutes while the crew dealt with the incident.

Thursday, January 22: One crew used a hosereel to extinguish a bonfire in undergrowth by the entrance to Uckfield Rugby Club at 4pm.

At 9pm two crews attended a call to another accident on the A272 at Lephams Bridge. A car had left the road having skidded on ice. The occupants had a lucky escape with minor injuries when their car came to rest on its side. It was prevented from rolling over completely when it hit another car that had left the road in another accident earlier the same evening.

Sussex Police reported several accidents at the same location after water leaking across the road had frozen.

ESFRS together with the Safer Wealden Roads Partnership are working to reduce the number of accidents throughout Wealden. See Safe Winter driving for advice on driving in wintery conditions.

Saturday, January 24: One crew answered a call from the RSPCA to rescue a cat from a tree (yes, it does still happen) in Ridgewood at 3pm. Firefighters used a ladder to reach the stranded cat.

Sunday, January 25: Two crews attended a call to a fire in a unit on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate at 1.05am. The fire was out when they arrived but they checked the rest of the building and isolated the electricity supply.

Friday, January 30: Reports of an electrical fire in a property at Newick saw two Uckfield crews mobilised at 7.30pm. The alarm was caused by fumes from the element of a new heater.

Saturday, January 31: An accident on the B2102 at Blackboys at 9.45am saw two crews from Uckfield work for an hour to free an occupant of the car using hydraulic rescue equipment.

Uckfield firefighters have also provided cover in Crowborough and have attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Buxted, Ringmer, Chelwood Gate and Lower Dicker.

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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