Thursday, 31 July 2014

Fire Brigades Union confirms strike dates next month

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has been notified of further strike dates by the Fire Brigades Union.

This industrial action will take place for eight days from Saturday 9 August until Saturday 16 August between 12pm – 2pm and 22:59 – 23:59 on each day.

It is part of the national dispute over pensions.

As in previous strike action, emergency cover will be provided by contingency crews made of non FBU members from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

 Safety advice for the strike period can be found here: www.esfrs.org/about_us/industrialaction.shtml


Fire investigators begin to assess scene of Eastbourne Pier fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service investigators are now assessing Eastbourne Pier following yesterday's fire.

The scene remains closed to the public but structural engineers have given the all clear for investigators to go ahead and examine the scene.

The  cause of the fire is unexplained.

Pier update

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has scaled down operations at Eastbourne Pier.

Nearby roads are re-opened.

The fire investigation continues and is expected to take a number of days.

The cause of the fire is unexplained.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue thanks public for messages of support

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is thanking members of the public who have sent messages of support following the Eastbourne Pier fire.

The Service has received scores of messages via email and social media.


As of 9.45am around 20 firefighters remain at the scene damping down and cutting away to ensure all hot spots are dealt with and there is no chance of re-ignition.



Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said: "Our crews worked hard to protect a large section of Eastbourne Pier. It was a very difficult operation and the assistance of the RNLI, Coastguard and Police proved invaluable."

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire.

Cordons remain in place around the Pier and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will work with Sussex Police, building control and other agencies to ensure public safety.

A further update will be posted around lunchtime. 


Crews tackle remaining hot spots at Eastbourne Pier

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service crews have spent the night at the scene of the Eastbourne Pier fire.

They were called out yesterday (30 July 2014) at 15.13 and at the height of the incident 80 firefighters were tackling the fire from the shoreline, from the water and from underneath the Pier.

As of 06.30 this morning, around 20 firefighters are continuing to damp down to ensure the fire is completely out. They have been assisted overnight by lifeboat crews in order to reach the remaining hot spots.

It is expected that the operation will be further scaled down within the next few hours.

An investigation is underway and the cause has not yet been established.

A large section of the Pier remains unaffected by the fire but there has been substantial damage to a number of small buildings and the large arcade has been left a shell. There are no reports of injuries.

Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said: "Pier fires are notoriously difficult to fight because there is one way on and one way off - and the tide can caused additional problems. The hard work of our firefighters has paid off in that we have been able to save a section of this iconic landmark but I know for the people of Eastbourne, this will still be devastating.

I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in this operation. We have had great support from other organisations including the RNLI, Coastguard and the police, and our own firefighters were determined to do all they could. We are now investigating the cause of the fire."

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service would also like to thank local businesses who offered help during the incident, including the Pier Hotel.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Chief Fire Officer praises hard work at Eastbourne Pier fire

The Chief Fire Officer of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is praising firefighters and members of other emergency services and agencies for the response to the Eastbourne Pier fire.

As of 10pm, the incident is being scaled down. Around 30 firefighters are expected to stay at the scene overnight.

Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard said: "This has been an extremely challenging incident. Our firefighters have worked very hard in difficult conditions to stop the fire from spreading. Sadly one building on the Pier is now a shell and other smaller buildings have been damaged but the remaining buildings on the pier are being protected.

This couldn't have been achieved without the assistance of a number of other organisations, including the police, Coastguard and RNLI."

He added: "This is obviously an upsetting incident for all those who love this landmark. We are thankful that there are no reported injuries and that firefighting operations continue, to try and ensure we save a large part of this iconic Pier".

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.

At the height of the incident 80 firefighters were at the scene. They attacked the fire from the shoreline, from the sea using lifeboats and from above using an aerial platform.

A further update will be posted around 7am tomorrow.

Eastbourne Pier update

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service remains at the scene of the Eastbourne Pier fire.

At the height of the incident, 80 firefighters were at the scene.

A water bowser was used to relay water and an aerial platform was used as a water tower to tackle the fire. Firefighters also worked off lifeboats, aiming water at the fire from the sea. Ground monitors were put in place to provide unmanned large firefighting jets of water.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus went onto the Pier and underneath the Pier to prevent the spread of the fire. Light portable pumps were used to pump sea water onto the fire.

The Maritime team from Newhaven who worked with lifeboats and Coastguard teams.

Fire investigators are now on site.


Eastbourne Pier fire now being brought under control

A serious fire at Eastbourne Pier is now being brought under control.

Crews remain at the scene. They have made entry to the end of the Pier and continue to tackle the incident.

Around 60 firefighters are at the Pier and are expected to remain there for some time.

A further update will be posted around 8pm.

Operation to tackle fire at Eastbourne Pier continues



The operation to tackle a serious fire at Eastbourne Pier is continuing.

As of 18.30, 80 firefighters are at the scene and it is expected they will be there for several hours.

Firefighters are using lifeboats to help tackle the fire from the sea and an aerial platform is being used as a water tower to prevent the fire from spreading on the shore side.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have been on the Pier and access has been gained from the end of the Pier as efforts continue to stop the fire spreading further along the structure.


We are working with other emergency services and agencies including Sussex Police, the Coastguard, the RNLI and South East Coast Ambulance.

Sussex Police are advising members of the public to avoid the area.

A further update will appear on our website at 20.00.

60 firefighters tackle blaze at Eastbourne pier



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is tackling a serious fire at Eastbourne Pier.
 
Around 60 firefighters are at the scene, after being called at 15.13 on 30 July 2014. 

They are attacking the fire from the coastal side of the building, from the beach and from underneath the Pier.
 
Reasonable progress is being made considering there are high winds.

We are being assisted by the Coastguard, the RNLI and Sussex Police. South East Coast Ambulance are also in attendance.


We are not aware of any injuries or casualties.

A further update will be posted on the website around 18.30.

Update on fire at Eastbourne Pier



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are at the scene of a fire at Eastbourne Pier.
 
Around 60 firefighters are now in attendance and tackling the fire. 

They were called out at 15.13 on 30 July 2014. 

A two storey building on the Pier measuring around 30 metres by 50 metres was well alight. The building is about 50 metres from the shoreline.

A large plume of smoke can be seen above Eastbourne.

Sussex Police and the Coastguard are also in attendance.

A further update will appear on our website around 5.30pm.


Reports of fire at Eastbourne pier

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service can confirm crews are attending an incident on Eastbourne Pier.

We were alerted at 15.13 on 30 July 2014 to reports of a small fire - believed to be in wall panelling - in a part of the Pier housing arcade games.

Due to the nature of the building involved, a number of crews have been sent to the scene, including those from Eastbourne, Uckfield, Pevensey and Hailsham.

There are no report of injuries.

The incident is ongoing.




 

Road traffic collision A21



At 15.57 on 29th July, crews responded to a road traffic collision on the A21, near Claremont School, in the Hastings Borough.  

The incident involved three private vehicles. One person was released by fire crews. Three further people were assisted by crews.