Firefighters taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge include, from the left, Simon Wood, Karl Salter, Karl Harrison, Paul Henty, Mani Gilbert-King, Jane Cook, Greg Lee and Lee Shaill.

Uckfield firefighters complete Three Peaks Challenge

Uckfield firefighters joined a team which completed the Three Peaks Challenge at the beginning of the month.

Karl Salter, Karl Harrison, Paul Henty and Lee Shaill were in a group of eight who received platinum medals after finishing in 16 hours and 56 minutes.

Wealden Borough Commander Mani Gilbert-King, who also works out of Uckfield, took the trophy for the fastest female while the team won trophies for fastest mixed team and overall runners-up in the ‘B’ event.


Firefighters set off on the Three Peaks Challenge.

Uckfield watch manager Ian Ritchie who reported the team’s success also writes here about incidents attended by firefighters in the last fortnight.

Serious head-on collision

A serious head-on collision on the A26 at Clayhill at 6.25pm saw crews from Uckfield, Lewes and Barcombe work together using hydraulic rescue equipment to cut free the driver of one car and a rear seat passenger in another.

Saturday, July 2: At 1.10pm an Uckfield crew worked alongside crews from Forest Row and four from West Sussex to extinguish a fire in a range of farm buildings in Ashurst Wood.

Sunday, July 3: Crews from Uckfield and Burwash attended a call to a smell of smoke in a block of flats in Heathfield at 12.15pm. A burnt out pan of food was found to be the cause.

A call to smoke from a building in Mill Lane at 10.30pm was traced to a bonfire in a nearby road.

Smell of burning

Thursday, July 7: One crew from Uckfield provided cover in Crowborough at 9.15am while their crews dealt with an incident.

At 9.50am two Uckfield crews were called to a smell of burning at Buxted School which was caused by candles.

Saturday, July 9: An unattended bonfire in a public area in Buxted was extinguished by Uckfield firefighters at 9.45pm.

Thursday, July 14: Crews from Uckfield and Crowborough were called to deal with an electrical fire in a Crowborough cafe at 11.05am.  ESFRS Eectrical Safety advice

Animal rescue

An Uckfield crew worked with Crowborough’s large animal rescue team at 11.45am to rescue a horse on a farm at Kingstanding.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Nutley.

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

See also:

Lots going on in Uckfield this weekend

Top art prize for Uckfield student

New plans for four homes on The Cottage site in Hempstead Road

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