Friday, 27 February 2015

Chimney fire in Bexhill



A chimney kit was used by firefighters to tackle an incident in Bexhill yesterday (26th February).

Two crews were mobilised to Mount Idol View, at 3.50pm, following reports of smoke issuing from the house.

The chimney fire was extinguished using the kit.

In light of a spate of similar type incidents East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is urging the public to follow chimney fire prevention tips:


  • Ensure your chimney is swept regularly
  • Chimneys should be swept according to the type of fuel used:

o    Smokeless fuels - at least once a year.
o    Bitumous coal - at least twice a year.
o    Wood - quarterly when in use.
o    Oil once a year.
o    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.

 Full safety details can be found on our website http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/chimney.shtml but it is important to remember the following to ensure your safety:


Firefighters attend two-vehicle RTC in Maresfield



East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called out yesterday (26th February) to a two-vehicle collision involving a heavy goods vehicle and one private vehicle.

Two crews were mobilised to London Road, in Maresfield, at 8.22am where they made the vehicle and area safe for the public.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Public thanked for vigilance during strike action - Normal cover resumed



Normal cover has resumed at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service following industrial action by members of the Fire Brigades Union.

The strike commenced at 0700hrs on Wednesday 25th February and continued until 0700hrs on Thursday 26th February in the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions.



During that time, contingency crews were on duty responding to emergencies.

Over the 24 hour period crews attended 15 low level incidents one of which was a minor chemical spillage in Brighton.  

At 5.51pm crews were called to the Public Toilets, Café, The Level, Brighton, following reports of a small fire, which was out on arrival.

Meanwhile, at 5.56pm crews were called to a fire in a recycling bin in Regent Street, Brighton.

Shortly afterwards, at 6.53pm, crews attended another fire in a recycling bin in Providence Place, Brighton.