Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Statement on Marlie Farm High Court ruling





East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will carefully review today’s High Court ruling on compensation following the Marlie Farm fire and fatal explosion. 

Two long-serving members of ESFRS, Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge, lost their lives while attending the incident at Shortgate near Lewes, on December 3rd 2006

In December 2009, a father and son were convicted of their manslaughter. Martin Winter, owner of Festival Fireworks UK Ltd, was sentenced to seven years at Lewes Crown Court. His son Nathan was sentenced to five years (reduced to four years on appeal in 2010). No criminal charges were brought against any member of the ESFRS.

The court heard Martin Winter was "grossly negligent" as he knew an unlicensed metal container packed with fireworks could explode if a blaze broke out. As the Winters’ insurance was invalid because of the illegal storage of fireworks at Marlie Farm, victims of the tragedy were forced to seek compensation elsewhere.

A civil case, involving East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service’s insurers Zurich, began at the High Court in London in February 2013.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:

“The judge listened carefully for two weeks to the evidence but did say that this was a very complex matter and he would take some considerable time to make his judgment.

It is only right that we give due consideration to the careful thoughts of the judge and now look at that document in detail before we make a further response.”

Significant Findings Report

ESFRS began a thorough and lengthy investigation immediately following the fire. It involved ESFRS personnel, the Fire Brigades Union and other representative bodies, with advice from the London Fire Brigade. As a result ESFRS and other services nationally and internationally have already implemented changes to the way they deal with such incidents to offer further protection for the public and firefighters. 

The Significant Findings Report, including its recommendations, can be found at:

(Editors notes: No further comment is being made at this stage. Any further updates will be posted on our website.)

Road traffic collision, Balaclava Lane, Wadhurst



On 29thJuly at 3.21pm, crews from Wadhurst and Mayfield along with a fire engine from Kent responded to a road traffic collision on Balaclava Lane, Wadhurst.

The incident involved two vehicles with one person trapped. One casualty was released by the Fire Service. The Police and Ambulance were in attendance along with the Air Ambulance.

Crews used an environmental pack to make the scene safe.

Flying the flag for Pride 2013



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council have joined forces to back this week’s Brighton Pride celebrations and shown their support for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by raising the rainbow flag at the council’s headquarters.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Sussex Police feature among Stonewall’s top 100 gay-friendly employees for 2013, while the county council ranked 14th out of 42 authorities in the charity’s Education Equality Index, which recognises steps taken to combat homophobic bullying.

County Council Chief Operating Officer, Kevin Foster was joined by Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gary Walsh and Chief Constable, Martin Richards for an official flag-raising ceremony at County Hall, in Lewes, on Monday, 29th July.

Mr Foster said: “As an authority we are very proud of our record in promoting equal rights in the workplace for the LGBT community and raising the flag during Pride week is a visible symbol of our commitment to equality.

“Our high ranking in the Stonewall Education Equality Index is a sign of our determination to ensure the current generation of young people grow up learning that homophobia, like other forms of discrimination, is unacceptable.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Gary Walsh, said: “East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are delighted to be able to show our continuing support and commitment to our communities across East Sussex and the City of Brighton & Hove.

“Pride is a fantastic celebration of diversity and inclusion and we are pleased to be able to celebrate our very positive relationships with LGBT communities and to be part of the parade, promoting community cohesion.”

Chief Constable, Martin Richards said: “I’m delighted to be present again at this year’s raising of the rainbow flag in Lewes with our partners.

“Sussex Police is proud of its continued support and commitment to engaging and building trust with the LGBT community throughout Sussex.

“On Saturday 3rd August, officers and staff will once again join colleagues from other forces at the Brighton & Hove Pride festival, which has become a national event and the highlight of the summer for many of the LGBT community.”

Monday, 29 July 2013

Crews leave fire site in Warrior Square

A stop message has been issued for the fire at Marlborough House fire in Warrior Square.

Crews have now left the site but will return later today for a re-inspection and a full fire investigation is underway to determine the cause of the blaze.

A serious fire broke out yesterday at 8.30am (28th July 2013) and crews from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service remained at the scene until 12.24pm today when the stop message came through.

Relief crews continued working throughout the night and this morning checking for any hotspots.

A dry riser, a main vertical pipe, was used by crews to distribute water to multiple levels of the six-storey building.

At the height of the fire there were at least 55 firefighters are at the scene. Eleven pumps were in use, along with a water bowser, three aerial ladder platforms, and a control unit and team.

The aerial ladder platforms were used to fight the fire from outside. Firefighters tackled the fire inside the building wearing breathing apparatus. Three main jets and firefighting foam were also in use.

The Red Cross' Fire Support Unit, the police and the ambulance service also attended.


Neighbouring properties were evacuated and residents were led to safety.

UK Power Network also attended the scene and isolated the power supply.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service proud to be Pride!




 East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will once again be taking part in the community led extravaganza that is Brighton & Hove Pride.

Two fire engines will be taking part in the parade this Saturday (3rd August), one from East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and one from neighbouring Kent Fire & Rescue Service. They’ll be decorated with balloons, pictures and flags and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service staff will be joined by Community Volunteers and colleagues from other Fire & Rescue Services during the parade.

The emphasis will firmly be on fun at Preston Park afterwards. This year’s theme is ‘gay icons - legends and heroes’ and in partnership with Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, we have developed a concept of ‘Be your own hero’ to encourage people to look after their own safety.

The Community Contact Point at the Park will be set up with a red carpet and people will have an opportunity to come up to the action film backdrop and have their photo taken in their best hero pose! 


The photos will be converted to a film flyer with title and credits and put online so that individuals can print them off at home. 

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will also be giving away popcorn, Pride flag temporary tattoos and postcards.

The Service is also bringing along firefighters uniforms for people to wear and pose for in photos, but please bring along your own camera to capture the moment.
Gary Ferrand, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service are delighted to be taking part in this community led event and supporting our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community across the county. 

“We would like to thank people for supporting us in promoting community inclusion and cohesion.”

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were recently voted 93rd amongst the top 100 employers in Britain in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2013.

The Workplace Equality Index is Britain's leading tool for employers to measure their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Since 2005 more than 750 major employers have taken part in the Index, using Stonewall's criteria as a model for good practice.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service was placed 111th in the 2012 Index, 93rd in 2011 and 67th in the 2010 Index. A firm and clear, continuing culture of equality within the Service, which includes staff support networks, raising awareness within the organisation and externally and working closely with other public sector organisations, all helped to ensure a consistent placing within the Index.

Crews remain at scene of St Leonards fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene of a serious fire in St Leonards.

One pump and an officer are at Marlborough House at Warrior Square.


Emergency services were called out at 8.30 yesterday morning (28 July 2013).

Firefighters are currently making steady progress damping down and turning over.

They have been cutting away parts of the roof structure to expose hotspots.

UK Power Network has attended the scene and isolated the power supply.

A structural engineer has also been called in.


Police and ambulance attended yesterday. Further details are available on the Sussex Police website.

http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2013/07/28/elderly-safely-evacuated-from-st-leonards-care-home-fire/

A further update will be posted on our website around lunchtime.




Sunday, 28 July 2013

Operations scaled back at St Leonards fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue have scaled back operations at the scene of a serious fire at a six-storey building in St Leonards.

As of 17:30, five pumps and two aerial ladder platforms remain at Marlborough House at Warrior Square.

Emergency services were called out at 8.38 on the morning of 28 July 2013.

Police and ambulance also attended.

At its height, around 55 firefighters were involved in tackling the fire. Eleven pumps, three aerial ladder platforms, a water bowser, breathing apparatus, foam and main jets were all used during the fire.


A fire investigation will be carried out in due course.

Neighbouring properties were evacuated and residents were led to safety.

Further details are available on the Sussex police website:
http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2013/07/28/elderly-safely-evacuated-from-st-leonards-care-home-fire/



Update on fire at Warrior Square in St Leonards

East Sussex Fire and Rescue crews remain at a six-storey building in St Leonards after being called out at 8.38 this morning (28 July).

They have been tackling a serious fire at Marlborough House at Warrior Square.

Police and ambulance services were also mobilised.

Two people were rescued and neighbouring properties evacuated.
Eleven pumps attended, as well as a water bowser, control unit and control team and three aerial ladder platforms.

Crews used eight breathing apparatus, foam and main jets.

The aerial ladder platforms were used to tackle the fire from the outside.
 

A fire investigation will be carried out in due course.

The Red Cross' Fire Support Unit was also called to assist those affected by the fire.
Additional information is available on the Sussex Police website:
http://www.sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/latest/news-stories/2013/07/28/elderly-safely-evacuated-from-st-leonards-care-home-fire/

Further updates will be posted on our website.

Firefighters tackle fire at six storey building in St Leonards

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is tackling a fire at six storey building in St Leonards this morning (Sunday 28 July).

Crews were called out at 8.38am to reports of a fire at Marlborough House in Warrior Square.

Two people have been rescued from the homes.

As of 10.55am, at least fifty firefighters are at the scene. Ten pumps are in use, along with a water bowser, two aerial ladder platforms, a control unit and control team.

The aerial ladder platforms are being used to fight the fire from outside. Six breathing apparatus are in use by firefighers inside the building.Three main jets and foam are also in use.

The Red Cross' Fire Support Unit, the police and the ambulance service are also in attendance.

A further update will be given on our website at around 1pm.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Fire investigation launched after a flat fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have launched a fire investigation after being called to a flat in Brighton on 26 July 2013.

Crews were called out at 13.56 to a property on Preston Drove.
The first floor flat was well alight and the second floor was also on fire.
Crews used breathing apparatus, foam and the Aerial Ladder Platform.
A re-inspection took place at 8pm that evening and 8am the following morning.


Friday, 26 July 2013

Kitchen fire in Brighton leaves home severely smoke-logged



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have been called to a kitchen fire in Brighton this morning, 26 July 2013.

Crews from Preston Circus were called out at 06.25.

They found the home on Beechwood Avenue severely smoke-logged and used breathing apparatus to deal with fire.

Two people, thought to live at the address, needed treatment from ambulance crews.