Uckfield firefighters free man trapped in bog

Uckfield frefighters searched woods between Five Ash Down and Herons Ghyll to find an off-road motorcyclist trapped in a bog under his bike.fire_modern_engine

Watch manger Ian Ritchie said the rider was trying to remove the bike from a muddy bog, on Monday (October 26), when the machine fell on him and pressed his feet and legs into the thick mud.

Mr Ritchie said the rider raised the alarm on his mobile phone and was released with nothing more than slight bruising and a dented pride.

Other incidents dealt with by firefighters in the past fortnight include:

Thursday, October 15: Crews from Uckfield, Crowborough and Mayfield were mobilised to a ‘persons reported’ call in Crowborough at 11.40am. There were no injuries and firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used compressed air foam to extinguish the fire involving a kitchen and flat roof.

At 11.50 Uckfield’s second crew used a hosereel to deal with a fire in the engine compartment of a bus at Hammonds Green near Framfield Passengers evacuated from bus

A serious road traffic collision at 2.50pm saw Uckfield and Lewes crews working together using hydraulic rescue equipment to cut free the driver of a van at Shortgate near Halland. Four passengers in the van also received serious injuries and firefighters assisted Paramedics with First Aid.

Friday, October 16: Uckfield and Crowborough crews again worked together to free three casualties from vehicles following another road accident at 12.30pm on the A26 North of Crowborough.

Sunday, October 18: A small but deliberate fire involving rubbish in the shelter on Luxford Field was dealt with at 1.30pm.

An Uckfield crew worked with Crowborough’s Large Animal Rescue team at 3.10pm to free a deer that was trapped in fencing at Framfield.

Monday, October 19: A fire in a commercial property in Hailsham saw crews from Uckfield and Pevensey crews attend at 3.45pm after other incidents in Eastbourne and Hailsham the same time stretched resources in the area.

At 7pm two crews from Uckfield attended a call to a lorry fire on the bypass after the driver noticed smoke coming from the rear of his vehicle. A quantity of recycling material was unloaded and extinguished in a layby. Lorry fire on bypass

Thursday, October 22: Firefighters assisted the warden of a block of flats in the town at 12.34am after she locked herself out of the building.

At 6pm one crew attended a call to flooding in a house on Manor Park. Firefighters isolated the water supply to a shower unit.

A call to a fire in the open at 11.15pm was found to be a bonfire under control at a house in the town.

Saturday, October 24: Uckfield firefighters wore breathing apparatus to fight a fire in the garage of a Blackboys property at 11.35am. A crew from Heathfield also attended to assist with the incident.

At 9pm an Uckfield crew used compressed air foam to protect farm buildings from a fire involving a pole carrying high voltage cables until the arrival of UK Power Network staff.

Sunday, October 25: An arson attack on the notorious Halland speed camera was extinguished by an Uckfield crew at 10.30pm. Fire attack on Halland speed camera

Wednesday, October 28: One crew attended a call to a car fire on the A26 at Herons Ghyll at 11.25am when smoke from the vehicle’s blown engine was mistaken for a fire.

Saturday, October 31: An Uckfield crew dealt with a car fire at Halland at 1.35pm.

During the past fortnight Uckfield firefighters have also attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Little Horsted , Newick and Buxted.

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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