Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Training exercise in Uckfield prepares for any future emergencies

Firefighters carried out a drill at Grants Hill House - a retirement and sheltered housing complex run by Wealden District Council - to ensure that they can respond quickly and effectively to any emergency.

Crews from Uckfield arrived at the home, where fake smoke was being used to simulate a house fire.

They assessed the situation and, wearing breathing apparatus, entered the property and rescued an injured casualty – in this case a dummy, which weighs the same as an adult - before putting out the fake fire.

Kevin Clift from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: "These training exercises are of great value as they allow us to experience first hand the challenges we would face should there be a real fire."

Cllr Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council said: “We are pleased to have had the opportunity to work with local fire crews on this training exercise. We obviously take safety very seriously and it is reassuring to see what would happen should residents need to dial 999.”

No residents were involved in the exercise.









Wealden Community Fire Stations host electric blanket testing



Three of Wealden’s Community Fire Stations are opening their doors as Wealden District Council and the Safer Wealden Partnership team up to offer free electric blanket testing.

Sessions will be held at Uckfield, Crowborough and Heathfield Community Fire Stations in mid-October.

The initiative comes as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service marks Ageing Safely Week and UK Older People’s Day this autumn. Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Ageing Safely Week takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October.

Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. And with an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service’s work over the coming years.

Wealden Borough Commander Mani Gilbert-King said:

“We hope people will take full advantage of these free checks on electric blankets. As you would expect, we want people to be as safe as possible in their homes. Making sure electrical items are working properly is just part of that.

We can also carry out special home safety visits for people who may be at greater risk of fire. This could be because of factors such as smoking or a mobility issue. In certain circumstances we can even fit free smoke alarms. If you want to find out more you can get in touch with us.”

“Last year nearly 250 blankets were tested with nearly 40% failing! This shows that you can’t be too careful,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety. “I highly recommend coming along to one of the blanket testing sessions – your safety is paramount! If you are unable to attend, contact our Community team and we will try to arrange for your blanket to be collected and tested.”

Home Safety Visits enquiries

Tel: 0800 177 7069

Electric blanket testing times and dates

Monday 13th October
  • 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Forest Row Community Centre, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, RH18 5DZ
  • 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Uckfield Community Fire Station, Bell View Road, Uckfield, TN22 1BA

Tuesday 14th October
  • 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Wealden District Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX
  •  2.00pm to 4.00pm, St John’s Church Hall, St John’s Road, Polegate, BN26 5BX

Wednesday 15th October
  • 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Crowborough Community Fire Station, Beacon Road, Crowborough, TN6 1AF
  • 2.00pm to 4.00pm at Heathfield Community Fire Station, High Street, Heathfield,TN21 0UP

For further information about the electric blanket testing, please contact Community & Regeneration Team, Wealden District Council on 01892 602757


Monday, 29 September 2014

Firefighters rescue cat trapped for three days



Firefighters came to the rescue of a cat which had been wedged behind pipework for three days at a property in Hastings.

The RSPCA requested the attendance of a fire crew after raising the alarm yesterday (28th September) afternoon at 2.41pm.

Firefighters came to the aid of the cat at a property in The Coppice and swiftly aided its release.

Firefighters remove roof of car following RTC



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended a road traffic collision involving two vehicles in Hastings.

Two crews were mobilised to Martineau Lane, in Ore, yesterday (28th September) at 1.16pm, following reports that two people were trapped inside the cars.

Firefighters used cutting equipment to remove the roof of the vehicle to enable the rescue of those trapped, who were left in the care of paramedics.

Bedtime Check routine reminder from Rother firefighters



Residents across Rother are being asked to adopt a Bedtime Check routine by firefighters as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service marks Ageing Safely Week and UK Older People’s Day this autumn.

Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Ageing Safely Week takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October.

Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. And with an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service’s work over the coming years.

Paul Evans, Rother Borough Commander, said: “We have more than 12,000 older, retired residents in Rother – with Bexhill, Battle and Rye among the most popular areas for them to settle. Many are active and well able to look after themselves and we hope that our advice will help them stay that way.  We also want to help those who are less able to make their homes safer from fire on their own, so if you know someone who may need extra support, please get in touch.”

Bedtime check

People living in and around Rother are being encouraged people to adopt a simple Bedtime Check to help avoid having a fire while they are asleep – and to spread the word to family, friends and neighbours.


  • Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on.
  • Turn off the washing machine.
  • Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
  • Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
  • Make sure exits are kept clear.
  • Close inside doors at night.
  • Check cooker is off.
  • Keep keys where everybody knows.

A poster can be found on our website at: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/ageingasafelyWeek.shtml

Home Safety Visits

Rother firefighters and volunteers can also visit the homes of people who are at most risk of fires – and in special cases fit smoke alarms.

Please contact us to find out more:
Tel: 0800 177 7069