Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Ridge firefighters entertain Hastings children in half-term

Enjoy free half-term fun for all the kids at The Ridge Community Fire Station Open Day in Hastings.

Hastings kids are being invited to visit firefighters, climb aboard the fire engines and find out what the town’s emergency service get up to in their day-to-day jobs on Wednesday 29th October, between 10am and 4pm.

On the day you can expect to see a chip pan demo, crash trailer demo, Community Fire Safety Display and the infamous Blue Watch “Firefighter Experience”, as well as the Sussex Police Road Policing Unit Driving Simulators. Also attending will be the RNLI and the HART team. Handsome Cycles of Harold Place Hastings will be giving free cycle safety checks.

It’s hoped that Trading Standards will also be on hand to provide advice around fireworks, electric blankets etc. and the Illegal Money Lending Team will be offering advice to residents.

Station Commander Paul Way said: "Once again, The Ridge Firefighters are inviting local people into the Fire Station and we want the public to see what we, and other emergency service teams do and also hear what you think.

“Our aim is for everyone to have fun, whilst at the same time being educated in the dangers of fire in the home and also the hazards on the road.

“It’s half-term so get the children out and drop in to see us- it certainly won’t do any harm and it might just save a life!" 

Firefighters are organising a whole host of exciting activities for both adults and children to enjoy, whilst promoting the serious message of keeping safe in the kitchen and staying safe on the road.

Did you know that in Hastings, during the past year, there were ten accidental dwelling fires and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is actively reducing this number and hopes to raise awareness amongst residents to prevent similar fires in the future.
More than half of accidental fires at home are started by cooking, which
happen when people are not paying attention or they leave things unattended.
Find out how to keep safe while you are cooking and what to do if a fire starts in your kitchen.

  • 2686 people were injured on the roads in East Sussex in 2013
  • 20 were killed and 461 people were seriously injured.
  • With an estimated population of 800,100 in East Sussex Brighton & Hove, this means 1 in every 298 people were killed or injured in road traffic collisions last year
  • There were 7.3 injuries per day and every 18 days someone was killed in a Road Traffic Collision.
Road Traffic Collision casualties are reducing year on year. From 2011 to 2012 there was a reduction of 2.34% and there is an overall reduction of 25.03% since 2005.
If this trend continues we would expect casualties from Road Traffic Collisions to have dropped to 2486 by the year 2015.

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