Friday, 31 October 2014

Car fire in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 14.02 to reports of a car fire in Hastings.

Crews attended the scene at Rock Lane and found one car well alight.

They used one breathing apparatus and one hose reel jet to tackle the fire.

There are no reports of injuries.

Reminder to public to take extra care during four day strike

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding members of the public that a four day strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union begins at 6pm today (31 October 2014).


It is expected to be a popular weekend for bonfire and fireworks celebrations and the Service is asking people to attend organised displays rather than having their own.

The strike continues until 6pm on 4 November. Contingency crews made of non-FBU members will still respond to emergencies, prioritising where lives are at risk, but cover will be reduced and the public is being asked to do what they can to reduce the need to call 999.
 
A new video of the Chief Fire Officer Des Prichard is available on YouTube, explaining safety advice for members of the public http://youtu.be/wVzOGU7UyuI




Additional safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fire service hands over scene of fuel spill in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have been stood down after attending a fuel leak at a roundabout outside the Conquest hospital in Hastings.  

They were called at 12.58 on 30 October 2014 to reports of a vehicle leaking diesel on The Ridge.

The road was closed while the area was made safe and a clean up operation began.

As of 17.20, crews had handed over the scene to contractors, who continued with the clean up.

The hospital has been functioning as usual throughout, with diversions in place.

Fuel leak causes traffic problems near Hastings Conquest hospital

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 12.58 on 30 October 2014 to reports of a vehicle leaking fuel in Hastings.

As of 14.00 crews remain at the scene at the roundabout on The Ridge in Hastings, outside the Conquest hospital, where there has been a significant diesel spill.

The road is currently closed, though the hospital remains open.

We anticipate that the road will be closed along that stretch for the next two hours (until 16.00)  while the diesel is cleared.

We urge motorists to find alternative routes for their journeys, and are working with the hospital to ensure people have access.


Fire investigation into barn fire

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called at 18.22 yesterday 29 October 2014 to reports of a barn fire.

Crews attended Owletts Farm in Ashurstwood and confirmed a barn with 300 tones of hay was alight.

Four fire engines were sent to tackle the fire with relief crews taking over during the evening.

Firefighting foam and main jets were used on the barn and water was used to protect nearby buildings.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service turns the heat up for Electrical Fire Safety Week

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on people to check their plug in heaters are safe ahead of Electrical Fire Safety Week which takes place between 10th-16th November 2014.

Andy Reynolds, Director of Prevention and Protection said:

"Electrical fires can happen to anyone and can be devastating. Plug-in heaters use a lot of electricity and generate a lot of heat. This means they can be dangerous if they are not bought from reputable shops and used correctly. With the winter just around the corner we are asking everyone who uses these heaters to take extra care. "

Electric heater safety tips
  • Heaters should be kept away from furniture and fittings. Ensure that nothing can fall onto a heater.
  • Keep at least three feet - one metre - away from them
  • Have fireguards to prevent and protect children and/or pets coming in contact with them
  • Never dry washing on or near them (or on fireguards)
  • Try to secure heaters up against a wall to stop them falling over.
  • Don't cover air vents on storage heaters or fan heaters.

Download the app
Between April 2009 and March 2014, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service had a total of 618 fires linked in some way to electricity.

The top five sources of ignition were:
1.    Electricity supply - wiring, cabling, plugs, batteries and generators (261 incidents)
2.    Domestic appliances -  e.g. washing machines, hairdryers etc (176 incidents)
3.    Cooking appliances  (73 incidents)
4.    Heating equipment including central heating (41 incidents)
5.    Lighting (32 incidents)

Electrical Safety First has developed a free smartphone app that allows anyone to do a quick, visual check, to ensure their home is electrically safe. Designed to be as easy-to-use as possible, the app highlights potential dangers in each room and explains how to resolve simple, non-technical problems. Where more serious issues are flagged, people are advised to use a registered electrician.

The app is available for use on Android phones and on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Find out more and download the app at: www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/visualchecks.

Additional safety advice can be found at: www.esfrs.org/electrical-safety-week/


National campaign
The national awareness campaign is supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA). CFOA President Peter Dartford said:

“Fire and Rescue Services around the UK are supporting Electrical Safety First’s campaign to raise awareness of the potential fire risks associated with portable heaters. Tragically, thirty people died in heater-related incidents in 2012-13.” 

“In our work, we see so often the devastation that fire can cause, so campaigns like this that raise awareness of safety and prevention make a key contribution to reducing fire deaths and injuries even further.” 

RTC in Hastings prompts road safety reminder

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a road traffic collision (RTC) at 08.32 on 28 October 2014.

Crews from The Ridge and Bohemia Road fire stations attended the scene on Seddlescombe Road North in Hastings.

Two private vehicles were involved.

Firefighters made the area safe and left the incident in the hands of Sussex Police.

Road safety reminder
Road users across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City are being reminded of the importance of taking extra care on the roads now winter is approaching.

Before you leave
  • Check your route and the weather before you set off
  • Ensure that your vehicle is road worthy. Make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread and that they are inflated in line with the manufacturer's guidelines. Make sure your lights and windscreen wipers are fully working and that you have enough fuel in case of delays or diversions.
  • If snow is forecast, pack a snow-kit which should include items such as a shovel, a flash light, food and non-alcoholic drink, blanket or sleeping bag and a first aid kit.
On the move
  • Remember to slow down and keep your distance from the car in front of you - it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice.
  • Stay alert to the danger of fallen trees - it is possible more may come down after the heavy rain softened the ground - branches and leaves can also make the roads more treacherous.
  • If your vehicle loses its grip, or "aquaplanes" on surface water take your foot off the accelerator to slow down. Don't brake or steer suddenly because you have no control of the steering or brakes.
More information about Road Safety Week can be found here: www.esfrs.org/roadsafetyweek/

Phone charger linked to fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a fire at a block of flats in Brighton at 12.15 on 28 October 2014.

Crews from Preston Circus attended an address on Preston Road.

A phone charger caused a small fire in the living room.

There are no reports of injuries.


What to check for on your electrical appliances
There are particular danger signs to look out for on all electrical items you have around your home.

If you think something needs fixing or changing, do it straight away.

For plugs and sockets, keep an eye out for the following:

  • hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights - they are all are signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems
  • badly wired plugs - any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug
  • overloaded sockets - plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
More advice can be found at: www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/electricalFireAdvice.shtml

Electrical fire in Brighton

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called to reports of a fire at a property in Brighton at 19.21 on 28 October 2014.

Crews from Preston Circus attended the address on Prestonville Road.

They confirmed there was fire in an electrical consumer unit.

They used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel and CO2 extinguishers to put out the fire.


Electrical fire safety advice


If there is an electrical fire, pull the plug out, or switch off the power at the fuse box - if it's safe to do so. Sometimes this can stop the fire immediately.

Never use water on an electrical fire, and don't take any risks with your safety - get out, stay out and call 999.

More information can be found at www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/electricalFireAdvice.shtml


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Spotlight on bonfires and fireworks during strike action



East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is urging people not to take risks during four days of strikes by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

They will stage a walk out from 6pm on 31 October until 6pm on 4 November as part of their ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.  

Contingency crews made of non-FBU members will still respond to emergencies, prioritising where lives are at risk, but cover will be reduced and the public is being asked to do what they can to reduce the need to call 999.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive Des Prichard said: “The weekend is expected to be particularly popular for people having bonfire and fireworks celebrations and we want to ensure people enjoy themselves safely.

If you can attend a local organised display, please do so. Organisers have to put their own safety measures in place. For example, they should be trained in emergency drills, first aid posts should be manned by qualified people and they should have arranged for fire extinguishers, buckets of water, buckets of sand and metal litter bins to be available on the night.

If you have already bought your own fireworks, please consider re-arranging your celebrations to a night which isn’t affected by strike action. And of course you should always follow the fireworks code.”

The Fireworks code

• Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable.
• Keep fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time.
• Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary.
• Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back.
• Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks.
• Never return to a firework once it has been lit.
• Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them.
• Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators.
• Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
• Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.

Bonfire safety tips


Please avoid having bonfires at all during the strikes.
 
Neighbours: Choose a time least likely to affect your neighbours and let them know beforehand so they are less likely to complain



Location: Build the bonfire away from sheds, fences and trees and check there are no cables - like telephone wires - above the bonfire.

Pay attention: Never leave the bonfire unattended and keep children and pets away from the flames.

Burn with care: Don't use petrol or paraffin to get the fire going - it may get out of control quickly. Only burn dry material - not damp, which causes more smoke and don't burn aerosols, tyres, canisters or anything containing foam or paint. Many produce toxic fumes and some containers may explode, causing injury.

Put it right out: Once the bonfire has died down, spray the embers with water to stop it reigniting.


Additional information

Additional safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org

You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook and retweet or share our posts.



Fire investigation concluded

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service have concluded a fire investigation at a derelict building in Hastings.

The fire was deliberate and Sussex Police are now investigating.

Firefighters were called at 16.47 yesterday, 27 October 2014, to reports of smoke coming from the old Hastings College tower block building.

Six fire engines attended the scene and used breathing apparatus and main jets to tackle the fire.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Investigation underway following fire at derelict building in Hastings

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were called today (27 October 2014) at 16.47 to reports of smoke coming from a derelict building in Hastings.

Crews attended the site of the old Hastings College on Archery Road and confirmed there was a fire on the fifth floor of a tower block building.

At the height of the incident six fire engines were at the scene. The aerial ladder platform was used to providing lighting. Eight breathing apparatus were used along with main jets to put the fire out.

The cause of the fire is now being investigated. No further updates are expected this evening.



Chimney fire prompts reminder ahead of winter

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to get their chimneys checked after a chimney fire in Wadhurst.

A crew from Wadhurst attended an address in Hook Hill at 15.51 yesterday (26 October 2014)

They used a chimney kit and thermal imaging camera to tackle the incident.


A re-inspection took place at 20.00 in the evening to ensure the fire was out.

Chimney safety tips

Ensure your chimney is swept regularly

Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:
  • Smokeless fuels - at least once a year
  • Bitumous coal - at least twice a year
  • Wood - quarterly when in use
  • Oil once a year
  • Gas - once a year (Any work on gas appliances requires a Gas Safe registered installer/engineer)
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

Ensure good quality fuel is used

Never interrupt the air supply by blocking air vents or air bricks

More advice can be found here: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/chimney.shtml


Brighton kitchen fire linked to extrator


East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service was called at 21.40 on 26 October 2014 to reports of a fire in a kitchen.

Crews from Preston Circus attended an address on Roedale Road in Brighton.

There was a fire in an extrator.

They used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and CO2.

There are no reports of injuries.

The fire was accidental.


Friday, 24 October 2014

Pass it on and stay SAFE ahead of more Fire Brigades Union industrial action

Businesses, community groups and employers are being urged to share advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service ahead of a strike by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

A walk out will begin on between 31 October and continue until 4 November as part of the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.

Pass it on and Stay SAFE

Smoke alarms save lives – fit them properly and test them regularly

Avoid distractions – whether behind the wheel, out and about or cooking paying attention helps keep you safe

Family and friends might need help – check in on them and share our advice

Escape routes should be planned and explained to everyone in your home

People are being asked to help spread safety messages ahead of the strike. Posters about fire and road safety can be downloaded and printed out to put up in offices, businesses, shops and blocks of flats. http://www.esfrs.org/about_us/industrialaction.shtml

You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook and retweet or share our posts.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EastSussexFRS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastsussexfireandrescue

Additional safety advice can be found at www.esfrs.org

Fire service attends barn fire in Rushlake Green



Firefighters were called to a farm in Rushlake Green to tackle a barn fire yesterday morning (23rd October) at 11.06am.

At the height of the fire there were 16 firefighters fighting the blaze in Flitterbrook Lane using two hose reel jets, two one-in-seven foam branches and two main jets.

The fire was brought under control by 22.14pm last night and crews spent time damping down and turning over.

Two re-inspections have been carried out this morning to check for any hotspots.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Brightling Mine Emergency Exercise hailed a success

A high level training exercise was successfully carried out yesterday (21st October) in Brightling Mine.

The simulated underground rescue saw East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service working closely alongside Sussex Police, Sussex Ambulance, Brightling Mine and Mines Rescue to test the skills of the emergency services in a pressurised environment.
 

Multi-agency exercises are carried out regularly to enhance contingency planning and incident command capabilities.

Exercise Director Paul Sundaram-Hardwicke said: “It is imperative to test these contingency plans which enables East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service improve service and capabilities.

“It is important to test our skills in a challenging environment, in the event of a scenario of such magnitude.

“The scenario for the exercise was that an accident occurred at the working face of the mine resulting in persons being seriously injured. Mine staff were already on the scene administering first aid – as would be expected in a real event. The Mine's Management also used the exercise as a training event for their staff.

“The scene of the accident was located a significant distance underground with Brightling Mine management making the initial call to emergency services using the 999 system, prefixing the call with the appropriate password. ESFRS appliances were mobilised from their normal work base.

“The mine is a very alien environment when entering for the first time and it is therefore beneficial to test our rescue operations in such a place.

“An exercise such as this also gives our staff the opportunity to work closely with the other emergency services in a challenging situation.

“This exercise forms part of the ESFRS response plan to an underground incident, and is not necessarily Brightling Mine specific.

“The purpose of the exercise was to test key elements of the plan’s process and response at both a Strategic and Tactical level.”

The exercise was a success with resource requirements put to the test and all casualties rescued.

Kitchen fire, Coldean Lane, Brighton



On 21st October at 8.46pm, crews responded to a second floor kitchen fire in Coldean Lane, Coldean, Brighton.

Firefighters used two breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet and one positive pressure ventilation fan to disperse the smoke.