Uckfield firefighters help woman during 35-minute wait for ambulance

Uckfield firefighters helped an elderly woman during a 35-minute wait for an ambulance on Saturday morning after she fell near the Tesco roundabout in town.fire_modern_engine

Members of the public also rallied to give first aid to the woman who fell at about 11am.

Watch manager from the fire station Ian Ritchie said firefighters provided oxygen therapy and monitored her condition while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

Other incidents attended by firefighters in the past fortnight include:

Tuesday, March 1: Crews from Uckfield, Lewes and Barcombe worked together at 10.30am wearing breathing apparatus to extinguish a fire involving three domestic garages in Ringmer.

At 8.40pm two Uckfield crews were called to investigate reports of smoke at a unit on the Bellbrook Industrial Estate. While there was smoke in the area, a thorough search failed to locate the source.

Thursday, March 3: One Uckfield crew provided cover in Crowborough at 5.40am while their crews dealt with a fire in an industrial unit there.

Sunday, March 6: Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus extinguished a fire in Laughton at 10.10am. Crews from Uckfield, Lewes and Hailsham attended the incident in a farm building used for car storage.

Tuesday, March 8: At 6.45pm an Uckfield crew dealt with a chimney fire at a house in Nutley.

Thursday, March 10: A serious collision between two cars on the A272 at Hadlow Down at 6.20pm saw crews from Uckfield, Heathfield and Crowborough work together for an hour using hydraulic rescue equipment to release four casualties who suffered a variety of injuries.

Sunday, March 13: Red Watch from Uckfield Fire Station joined volunteers from Brighter Uckfield and the Ouse & Adur River Trust at 8.30am to help with the annual River Uck clean-up. See also: Coats, shoes and half a ton of metal pulled from River Uck, Uckfield.

An Uckfield crew travelled to Forest Row at 12.30pm to investigate reports of explosions at a timber merchant. The cause was found to be noise coming from a nearby car rally.

At 1.10pm the same crew attended a collision between two cars at Five Ash Down. The vehicle occupants escaped with minor injuries and the incident was left with Sussex Police.

An off duty Police Officer, an off duty firefighter and a car full of Army Cadets all stopped to help at another accident on the A22 at Wych Cross which was attended by crews from Uckfield and Crowborough. The driver of an overturned car managed to escape from the vehicle and firefighters undertook first aid before handing the casualty over to a paramedic.

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

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:

Final version of Uckfield to Lewes rail line study on the way

First section of Uckfield High Street improvements finished

Joli Couture owner overturns closure plans

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