East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is fully committed to keeping communities safe and responding to emergencies if there is industrial action by firefighters.
Members of the Fire Brigades Union have voted in favour of strike action in a national dispute over pensions. No dates have been announced.
ESFRS has carefully assessed its resources, including the availability of operational personnel who are not members of the Fire Brigades Union.
Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said:
“This is a national dispute over pensions which we do not have the power to resolve at a local level. We do not know if or when any industrial action will take place, however we have been preparing for the possibility of this for many months. We have put in place a number of measures to help keep those living, visiting or working in East Sussex and Brighton & Hove safe.
If there is industrial action, the most important thing to remember is that if you do have a fire, get out of the building, stay out and call 999. We will continue to respond to emergency calls and will obviously prioritise those where lives are at risk.
We would also ask for the assistance of the public at this time. Whether it is in your home or your workplace, there are ways to reduce the risks of fire. Safety advice can be found on our website and we will provide additional information in the coming days.”
Advice for the home: www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/
Advice for businesses: www.esfrs.org/businessSafety/
Thursday, 29 August 2013
On 28thAugust at 6.21pm, crews from Battle responded to an incident at a property on Catsfield Road, Catsfield where a domestic heating oil tank was leaking.
The tank was 1200ltrs in size and the rupture to the tank was halfway down, risking approximately 600ltrs of heating oil entering the environment.
Crews managed to stop and contain the leak, by syphoning off the heating oil to below the rupture level to allow for expansion.
Group Manager, Graham Gray, said: “We advise all households to regularly have their tank inspected to ensure they are well maintained and fit for purpose.”
On 27thAugust at 12.24pm, crews from Lewes responded to a lorry with a ruptured diesel fuel tank at the Cliffe Industrial Estate, Lewes.
Firefighters prevented approximately 300 ltrs of diesel contaminating the environment by the use of containment and Environment Agency absorption packs.
The incident was then handed over to East Sussex County Council Highways Department.
The lorry driver was not injured in the incident.
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 16.07 on 27 August 2013 to a road traffic collision in Crowbrough.
We were informed a car had left the road and collided with a fence at the junction of Croft Road and Mill Lane.
The ambulance service and police also attended.
Fire crews used cutting equipment to free the driver, who was then taken to hospital.
East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have tackled a house fire in Bexhill overnight.
The call was received at 23.48 on 27 August 2013, reporting a fire at Windsor Road.
Crews from Bexhill, Hastings (Bohemia Road and The Ridge) and Pevensey attended along with a control unit from Lewes. Around 35 firefighters were involved in the incident.
The fire spread into the roof and it partially collapsed.
Six breathing apparatus were used, along with foam and water.
A re-inspection of the building is due to take place around lunchtime.
We have no reports of any injuries.
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
On 26thAugust at 1.37pm, crews from Battle responded to a fire in a field off the A21, Sedlescombe.
On arrival, crews confirmed the fire covered an area of stubble approximately 50m x 30m and involved three large bales of hay. Due to difficult access into the site, a Landrover from Hastings, the Ridge, was dispatched to assist crews.
Firefighters used two hose reel jets along with beaters to bring the fire under control. The stop message was received by 3.38pm.
Firefighter, Clive York, said: “During this on-going period of warm weather, we are reminding members of the public to be extra vigilant with regard to combustible materials in the open.”