Uckfield’s central location has seen town fire crews covering a wide area over the past fortnight to attend a variety of incidents.
Friday, May 15: Two people were rescued by Uckfield firefighters from a broken down lift in a block of flats in the town at 2.35pm.
Saturday, May 16: One crew attended the scene of an accident on the A26 at Isfield at 8.10am. Nobody was trapped and firefighters made the three vehicles involved safe.
At 8.45am, the same crew were sent to Ashurst Wood where they worked with Crorwborough’s Large Animal Rescue Unit to free a horse from cess pit.
Uckfield and Crowborough crews worked together again at 1pm when firefighters wore breathing apparatus to deal with a fire involving a tumble dryer at a house in Crowborough.
Sunday, May 17: Two crews from Uckfield were mobilised to an accident at Cross In Hand at 10.20am following a collision between a car and a motorcycle. Firefighters assisted paramedics with the injured motorcyclist and the Police with controlling the traffic.
Tuesday, May 19: A fire in a Crowborough industrial unit was dealt with by crews from Uckfield and Crowborough at 7.45am. The building was heavily smoke-logged and firefighters ventilated the property after extinguishing the fire.
Thursday, May 21: A call to assist paramedics at a house in Chelwood Gate was received at 9am when an elderly lady had fallen and become shut in a bathroom with a serious leg injury. An Uckfield crew removed the door and assisted in removing the lady to an ambulance.
Friday, May 22: A fire involving a microwave oven was dealt with by two crews at 8.15pm at a flat in Buxted.
Sunday, May 24: One crew from Uckfield provided cover in Haywards Heath at 12.30pm while West Sussex crews dealt with an incident.
At 4.45pm Uckfield and Crowborough crews worked together again to deal with a road traffic collision on the A26 north of Crowborough.
Wednesday, May 27: Another accident in Crowborough at 12.45pm saw one person released from a car before Uckfield’s crew arrived.
Thursday, May 28: A serious accident at Sheffield Park was attended by two Uckfield crews at 12.30pm. Firefighters used hydraulic rescue equipment to remove the roof of one of the vehicles to release two occupants. A female passenger was flown to hospital by Air Ambulance with serious injuries while the male driver was taken by ambulance with chest injuries.
Friday, May 29: One crew was sent to cover Haywards Heath again at 4.40pm while West Sussex crews dealt with a fire in Crawley.
At 5.45pm the Uckfield crew were sent with a crew from Brighton to reports of a roof fire at a house in Burgess Hill which was a false alarm.
Saturday, May 30: A call to a smell of burning at a property in Ridgewood was attended at 10.15pm. The cause was found to be smoke coming from a nearby garden bonfire.
Uckfield firefighters have also provided cover in Lewes and Crowborough and attended calls to fire alarms sounding in Uckfield, Chailey, Easons Green, Crowborough, Withyham, Ringmer and Heathfield during the past fortnight.
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