French firefighters observe Uckfield firefighters training.

Uckfield firefighters forge links with counterparts in France

Three firefighters from Uckfield’s French twin town Arques-la-Bataille visited Uckfield Fire Station this week.

Their aim was to establish professional links with the local service and they were welcomed by town mayor Cllr Louise Eastwood, members of the twinning association and of Uckfield Chamber of Commerce.

Fire station watch manager Ian Ritchie presented the visitors’ chief (their station commander) Jerome Jouxtel with an East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service shield.

Ian Ritchie said afterwards:

“The group was taken to the service training centre to observe compartment fire breathing apparatus training where they were keen to identify the differences in training, procedures and facilities.

“They were given a demonstration of the incident command simulator and were so impressed by its capabilities and functionality that they asked if a presentation could be delivered to their service during a future return visit.

“The visitors were then taken to the Sussex Control Centre at Haywards Heath where they were able to compare our facility with their regional control before being returned to Newhaven for their journey home.

“This proved to be a hugely successful visit and hopefully it is thebeginning of a long and productive partnership.

“Special thanks must go to Tony Freeman of the Uckfield and District Twinning Association for his hard work and determination to forge this relationship.”


Wealden Group Commander for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Mani Gilbert-King is pictured, second left, with firefighters from France during a visit to Uckfield Fire Station.

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