Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus as they put out a fire on Saturday after discovering that a large drum, being used to burn rubbish, contained the residue of potentially harmful chemicals.
They used compressed air foam to extinguish the fire after being called to the Bellbrook Industrial Estate at 10.20am, said watch manager Ian Ritchie.
Initially they weren’t concerned about the fire, which was in the open, but acted when they found the chemical residue.
They gave advice on safe waste disposal to the occupier of the premises and offered health advice to employees of neighbouring premises.
Other calls attended by Uckfield firefighters over the past fortnight include:
Sunday, August 17: Crews from Uckfield and Forest Row were sent to reports of a road accident at 2.05am on the A22 at Nutley. They found a car in a ditch but learned from Sussex Police that the incident had occurred earlier that night and the vehicle had not been removed.
At 10.55am crews from Uckfield and Heathfield dealt with an overheated washing machine at a property in Heathfield.
Tuesday, August 19: One crew from Uckfield provided cover in Crowborough while their Heavy Animal Rescue Unit attended an incident in Kent.
Friday, August 22: Uckfield firefighters were called to assist a Heathfield crew to extinguish a fire in a stubble field at Broad Oak at 5.05pm. Two hectares of stubble, a baling machine and several large bales of straw were destroyed. A Landrover from Crowborough was also called in to assist.
Sunday, August 24: A large farm fire in West Sussex required support from East Sussex crews as appliances from Uckfield and Hove were moved to provide cover in Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill at 1.40pm. The Uckfield crew attended a call to automatic fire alarms at a premises in Warniglid whist ‘over the border’.
Monday, August 25: One crew was called at 4pm to the A26 at Little Horsted following a two car accident. Nobody was trapped and firefighters made the vehicles and scene safe.
At 11pm the towns Bulk Water Carrier was mobilised to a barn fire in Ashburnham to support six crews fighting a fire involving baled hay and farm machinery. The National Farmers Union has expressed serious concern at the recent increase in serious farm fires across the country.
Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Heathfield, Whitesmith and Crowborough
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.
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