Calls answered by Uckfield firefighters in the past fortnight include dealing with an ammonia leak after some ‘over-enthusiastic de-icing of a domestic fridge’.
Crews from Uckfield Barcombe were called on Sunday, November 9, at 3.40pm. They wore breathing apparatus as they removed the fridge into the open air.
Firefighters were also called to an incident, previously reported on UckfieldNews.com, where a man doused himself with petrol.
Mr Ritchie says they were called at 1.20pm on Tuesday, November 11, to assist Sussex Police. Having attended the initial address the crew was redirected to the football pitch on the Harlands Estate where ‘excellent work’ by the police officers saw the man detained before he was able to ignite the petrol. More here.
Other incidents included:
Saturday, November 8: Uckfield and Forest Row crews were called to a barn fire at Ashurst Wood at 9.25am. On arrival they found nothing more than a smouldering tyre on a burnt out trailer that had been damaged during a serious barn fire the previous week.
Tuesday, November 11: Quick work by Uckfield firefighters wearing breathing apparatus saved an old oak framed barn at a farm near Chiddingly. Having been called at 9.05am, the fire, which had started in electrical intake equipment, had begun to take hold and was spreading to the roof timbers and adjoining workshops by the time the first crew arrived.
The crew from Uckfield entered the building and had brought the fire under control before they were joined by a crew from Herstmonceaux.
Wednesday, November 12: Uckfield’s Bulk Water Carrier attended a large fire at a Rotherfield farm at 5pm. 1,000 tonnes of baled hay was destroyed in two barns during the incident. Crews remained at the farm overnight with firefighters from Uckfield providing a relief crew at 9pm.
At 6pm another barn fire saw fire crews in the north of the county stretched as they attended a farm in Hartfield. Firefighters from Barcombe had been moved to cover Uckfield due to the Rotherfield fire and soon found themselves working with crews from Forest Row and Crowborough. A Bulk Water Carrier was called in from West Sussex to support this incident.
Advice for farmers can be found by visiting Farm fire safety DEFRA
Friday, November 14: Uckfield Cinque Ports Club hosted a quiz night organised by staff at Uckfield Fire Station in aid of Children In Need.
• The month of November began with members of the Fire Brigades Union joining a national strike in support on an ongoing pensions dispute.
• 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