Friday, 28 September 2012

Fire Training Courses


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We offer a number of Fire training courses for the business community which aim to improve awareness and encourage delegates to give greater consideration to fire safety at their place of work.
All courses involve theoretical input combined with realistic practical training activities. Our experienced instructors actively encourage delegate participation, presenting all attendees with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in a safe training environment.
Training sessions can be delivered at our purpose-built Training Centre in Maresfield close to the town of Uckfield, or at the customers' own premises.
Our Training Centre's facilities include comfortable modern teaching rooms and purpose-built practical training facilities, which include real live fires for effective and engaging training activities.
Practical Fire Extinguisher training can also be delivered at our customers' sites with our unique mobile fire extinguisher training unit. This equipment produces highly controlled live fires which are totally safe, fueled by clean-burn propane gas and therefore do not produce any smoke. The fires will not leave any residue at the training venue.
Our customer-focused approach to training delivery ensures that whichever option is selected, customers can be assured that the training will suit their specific requirements. All courses can be tailored to meet your specific needs.
If further information is required or you wish to discuss your training requirements or you simply want to have an informal chat about Fire training, please contact raj.baksi@esfrs.org (Commercial Training Manager) at East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre on 01323 462 141.
We promise to offer quality, safety and value for money. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Roof fire in East Guldeford

On 26th September at 01.29am, the Mobilising and Communications Centre received a call from a member of the public who had spotted a roof was on fire on Camber Road, East Guldeford.

Two fire appliances from Rye were dispatched and arrived at the scene by 01.37am. On arrival, crews confirmed the roof was well alight and a further fire appliance was sent from Broad Oak.

At the height of the incident, crews used six breathing apparatus, three hose reel jets, one main jet, one thermal imaging camera and a hydrant.

A further fire appliance was also sent from Lydd, Kent, which was on standby at Rye community fire station. The incident was under control by 03.10am.

Animal Rescue Unit save pregnant cow

On 26th September at 08.51am, the Mobilising and Communication Centre received a call regarding a cow stuck in a river at a farm in Etchingham. 

The Animal Rescue Unit and a fire appliance from Battle were dispatched and crews found the cow in the river, heavily pregnant, but not in distress. She was safely released by 10.55am.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Public in Hastings asked to consider key benefits before responding to public consultation


East Sussex Fire Authority is asking the public in Hastings to consider the key benefits it believes will be introduced if the proposed relocation of operational resources within the town and surrounding area is approved.

Public consultation on the proposals commenced on 14th September after East Sussex Fire Authority considered the findings of a comprehensive report regarding fire cover within Hastings Borough at its meeting on 13thSeptember. The review was commissioned by the Fire Authority as part of its Community Risk Management process and was contained within its Medium-Term Plan 2011/12 - 2015/16.

The Fire Authority agreed to consult on the proposals to:

  • Relocate the Wholetime fire appliance from The Ridge Fire Station to Bohemia Road Fire Station.
  • Maintain the Retained Duty System and fire appliance along with the off road vehicle   at The Ridge Fire Station.

The consultation will last for twelve weeks, with the results due to be considered at the Fire Authority’s meeting on 13th December 2012.

Gary Walsh, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“We fully appreciate and understand that residents in Hastings, especially those living near The Ridge Fire Station, will naturally be concerned about how the proposed changes may affect them. In case there’s any doubt or misunderstanding, it should be stressed that there are no plans to close The Ridge Fire Station and no fire appliances are being removed from the Hastings Borough area.

“The main purpose of the Hastings Review was to determine whether our methods of fire cover could be improved in order to provide the best response to the most vulnerable areas and people in the Hastings Borough.

“We want to ensure that the households defined as most at risk of fire can be responded to as quickly as possible. We believe the proposed changes will achieve this improvement and have always been open about the fact that, if they are approved, attendance times will increase for some of the outlying communities in Hastings Borough and the surrounding areas in Rother.

“However, we are confident they would still receive an operational response to these areas in line with our current Service standards and target response times. We believe that the benefits of the proposed changes far outweigh the negatives and will provide a more effective fire & rescue service to the most vulnerable areas of the community within Hastings itself.

“To provide an example, there are over four thousand vulnerable households that the current Bohemia Road appliance can reach within eight minutes that The Ridge appliances cannot. Conversely, there are only a small number of households defined as being vulnerable that an appliance from The Ridge Fire Station can reach within eight minutes that Bohemia Road could not. We believe relocating an appliance to Bohemia Road makes sense and that, ultimately, it will help save lives.

“Only 39% of incidents currently attended by this appliance are within its own station area, with 57% being in Bohemia Road’s station area. This clearly suggests that The Ridge Fire Station is not in the most appropriate location to cover the risk across Hastings.

“The full report and an Executive Summary can be found on our website – www.esfrs.org. The Executive Summary in particular contains a great deal of background information on the overall benefits of the proposed changes. We welcome feedback and comments, which is the purpose of the public consultation, and would urge people to read all of the information provided before they respond.”

The following statistics and information are extracted from the Hastings Review Executive Summary. For the full version please visit www.esfrs.org, where you can also fill out an online questionnaire.

In the Hastings area, Bohemia Road fire station area contains:

• 67% of all households
• 79% of all high risk households
• More highly deprived areas (IMD 2010)
• Many above average risk areas (FSEC)
• More high risk premises
• 72% of all incidents

The majority of significant incidents in the Hastings area over the last five years can be reached within 8 minutes from Bohemia Road Fire Station. Conversely, a large number of incidents in the Bohemia Road Fire Station area cannot be reached in 8 minutes by the whole-time pumping appliance from The Ridge Fire Station.

There are approximately 4,104 vulnerable households that Bohemia Road appliance (E08) can reach within 8 minutes that The Ridge appliances (E09, W09) cannot. Conversely, there are approximately only 33 vulnerable households that E09 can reach within 8 minutes that Bohemia Road cannot.

Service provision to vulnerable households can be improved if the wholetime pumping appliance at The Ridge is relocated to Bohemia Road. Currently, 18,802 vulnerable households in the Hastings area have an attendance of two pumping appliances within 8 minutes. If E09 is relocated to Bohemia Road, then an additional 4,104 vulnerable households will be covered by two pumping appliances from Bohemia Road within 8 minutes.

78% of incidents attended by E08 are within its own station area and 13% are within The Ridge’s station area which suggests that Bohemia Road Fire Station is in the right location to provide an effective response to the whole of Hastings.

39% of incidents attended by E09 are within its own station area with 57% being in Bohemia Road’s station area which suggests that The Ridge Fire Station is not in the most appropriate location to cover the risk across Hastings.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Speedy response stops Bexhill garage fire spreading

Sidley residents have been praised for their quick actions which enabled Bexhill firefighters to prevent fire from spreading to the eaves of a house.

An alert neighbour had contacted East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service after spotting the blaze at the property in Beacon Hill on Monday evening (24th September) at 7.22pm. Two fire engines turned up and crews remained at the scene until 9.05pm.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze, which was rapidly spreading, with three hose reel jets and one main jet.

Watch Commander Richard Beale praised the quick actions of the residents:

“As soon as the occupants realised there was a fire they immediately evacuated the house and didn’t go back to investigate. They also moved any cars from the front of the house so crews could tackle the fire quickly and effectively. These quick actions undoubtedly enabled crews to prevent the fire from spreading to the eaves of the house.

“This wasn’t a normal garage fire as there was a lot of storage in the garage, stacked from floor to ceiling,which we would always advise against. Another minute and the fire would have potentially spread to the eaves of the house. There was also domestic storage of petrol which was making it difficult to put the fire out.

The accidental fire started after an overheated exhaust pipe from a motorbike ignited a fire when it came into contact with the storage items.

Following the fire a Home Safety Visit was carried out by Bexhill firefighters who installed working smoke alarms throughout the property.

Safety advice:

  • Do not use the garage for excessive storage, as this can increase the chances of a fire or intensify a fire.
  • When working on a motorbike in the garage always check to see if it has cooled down sufficiently before leaving the area. 

Incidents of interest

Brighton Collision

Two fire engines were sent to a road traffic collision in Bear Road, Brighton, on Monday (24th September) at 8.43am.

Brighton firefighters made the area safe for other motorists and one person was taken to hospital.

Fallen Tree in Bexhill

Bexhill firefighters came to the aid of an elderly lady after bad weather caused a falling branch to get stuck in the guttering of a house.

One fire engine was sent to Wrestwood Road, in Bexhill yesterday (24th Sept) at 2.26pm and helped to make the area safe, as the branch was lying half in the garden and half in the alleyway.

Crews left the scene at 2.39pm.

Chimney fire warning

East Sussex residents are being reminded of the importance of regularly having their chimney swept as we head into the winter season.

Battle firefighters were called out to the Wheel Inn, in Heathfield Road, Burwash, on Monday (24th September) at 2.54pm and were there for just over an hour making the area safe.

Meanwhile, over in Bexhill Pevensey firefighters were called to another chimney fire in Manor Road, Bexhill on Monday (24th Sept) at 8.57pm.

  •  Ensure your chimney is swept regularly.
  •  Keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained.
  •  Be careful when using open fires to keep warm. Make sure you always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers.
  • Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house.
  • Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks.

Portslade kitchen fire sparks safety warning

Hove firefighters are warning of the dangers of leaving cooking unattended following a call-out to a fire in Portslade.

Three fire engines, two from Hove and one from Preston Circus, were sent to Langridge Drive on Monday (24th Sept) at 6pm, after neighbours reported a fire in a house.

A caring neighbour raised the alarm after hearing the smoke alarm sounding and seeing smoke coming from the kitchen area. The property had been left empty as the occupant had gone out. Crews had to force entry and discovered that a pan of hot water, being used to sterilise baby’s dummies, had been left on the stove and had overheated.

More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking.

Many kitchen fires happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.

Find out how to keep safe while you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has these safety tips:

There are several things you can do to prevent fires in the kitchen. Make sure you don't get distracted when you are cooking, and:

  • Take pans off the heat or turn the heat down if you're called away from the cooker, eg by a phone call.
  • Take care if you're wearing loose clothing as it can catch fire easily.
  • Don't cook if you have been drinking alcohol or taken prescription drugs - you may get drowsy or lose concentration.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Defuse the danger: Electrical Fire Safety Week starts today

ESFRS is urging people to make basic visual checks in their homes to ensure their family's electrical safety as part of Electrical Fire Safety Week this week (September 24th to 30th). 

The Fire Kills campaign and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service have joined forces with the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) to urge people to make basic visual checks in their homes to ensure their family’s electrical safety.


The latest fire statistics demonstrate that half of all accidental dwelling fires were caused by faulty or careless use of electrical appliances.Research carried out by the ESC revealed a dangerous level of ignorance about the perils of electricity in UK households with simple blunders putting homes and families at risk. In 2011, almost one million people repaired an appliance while it was still plugged in, 12.2 million people knowingly used faulty plugs or sockets and 2 million people trailed cables near hot surfaces or cookers.


People severely misjudge the risks involved with electricity. Around 70 people die and 350,000 are seriously injured each year. Yet, those surveyed by the ESC considered an electrical accident to be an equal risk to being in a plane crash or getting struck by lightning. In reality, on average, only one person in the UK is killed by lightning each year and no one has died in a commercial plane accident in 11 years.


These electrical accidents are often caused by simple things that people could check themselves and rectify for little or no cost. By following a few simple steps, you can help keep you and your loved ones safe from fire:

  •     Don’t overload plug sockets
  •     Regularly check for worn or frayed wires
  •     Unplug appliances when not in use
  •     Keep appliances clean and in good working order
  •     Look after your electric blankets
  •     Keep combustible materials away from sources of heat especially around electrical intake consumer units (the cupboard under the stairs)
  •     Buy your electrical chargers from a reputable source so that they satisfy UK safety regulations
  •     If a fire starts in your home involving an electrical appliance - Get Out, Stay Out, Call 999. Never use water on an electrical fire and don’t take any risks with your safety.
Dave Sheppard, Fire & Rescue Service Borough Commander for Eastbourne said:

“Electricity is an integral part of all of our lives – from the essentials like heating and lights to luxuries like entertainment systems and beauty products. Half of all accidental fires start from faulty or misused electrical equipment so it is essential to be sure that your electrics are in good working order and are used properly.
 

"All too often, it is the simple things that people could check for themselves that can lead to a serious accident. So we are urging everyone to make basic visual checks around the home to ensure its electrical safety."

Lorraine Carney, senior campaigns manager for the Electrical Safety Council, said:

“Our free App helps anyone to do a quick visual check on their home by highlighting the potential dangers in each room and explaining how to resolve basic problems in simple, non-technical language. It will also flag more serious issues, for which you should use a registered electrician.

"It is available for iphone and Android phones – just go to the App Store or Android Market, search for ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ and follow the instructions to download.”
 

For more information on fire safety, please visit www.facebook.com/firekills or speak to East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service by calling Freephone 0800 177 7069 to see if you are eligible for free personalised home safety advice, smoke alarm checks and expert help with fitting if you need more, or new, smoke alarms.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Hove couple fined for obstructing Fire Officers


On 20th September 2012 a couple from Hove were convicted for breaches of fire safety legislation relating to their premises, 68 – 72 Western Road and 17 Palmeira Square, Hove (a mix of business and residential occupancies within the one building).

Following the trial at Brighton Magistrates Court, local business persons Mr Gamal Khalil Ibrahim Khalil and Mrs Fulorina Fuad Sayidhum were fined £500 each and ordered to pay costs totalling £2,890 by Brighton Magistrates’ Court, despite pleading not guilty to a breach of Fire Safety legislation relating to their premises.

Following a serious fire at the premises on 9th July 2011, a Fire Safety Inspector from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) visited the premises and identified a number of possible breaches of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Further investigations resulted in a notice being served on both Mr Khalil and Mrs Sayidhum. This notice required the provision of information to enable East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Fire Safety Inspectors to ascertain whether the provisions of The Order had been complied with within the premises. Mr Khalil and Mrs Sayidhum failed to comply with this notice, which is an offence under The Order.

Business owners across the City of Brighton & Hove and East Sussex are advised to pay attention to their legal obligations to ensure that their premises are safe from fire. Richard Fowler, Head of Protection for ESFRS, said:

“East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to remind all persons responsible for buildings of their legal responsibility to protect their occupiers and any staff against the risk of fire. The public should continue to be reassured that we take any breaches of Fire Safety very seriously, including the duty to provide information when requested, as this is fundamental to enabling Inspectors to carry out their statutory functions.

"It is disappointing that Mr Khalil and Mrs Sayidhum chose to ignore their statutory duty to provide information as requested, as this failure has resulted in our investigation into their premises being hindered."