Uckfield’s firecrews have been dealing with road smashes, searching smoke-filled properties and were even called to rescue a puppy which had its head stuck in a crate.
On October 16 crews were helped by Crowborough’s animal rescue team when a cattle trailer overturned at the Copwood roundabout near Maresfield at 10.49am. The four animals in the trailer were unharmed and transferred to another vehicle before the road could be re-opened.
The next day two appliances were called to a fire at a pub in Fletching. It had been put out by the time they arrived. On October 19 one crew was called to deal with a chimney fire at Chelwood Gate and on October 21 a puppy which had its head stuck in a crate at Piltdown was freed by its owner just before the crew arrived.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus to deal with a fire in a New Town, Uckfield flat on October 23. It was caused by a faulty gas boiler and was put out quickly in spite of thick, acrid smoke. The fire was contained in the kitchen, thanks mainly to the occupier who shut the door, rang 999 and evacuated other residents.
The following day two crews were sent to search a smoke filled property, again in New Town. They wore breathing apparatus and put out a small fire in the kitchen, rescuing a dog. The occupier was outside but had inhaled smoke so was taken to hospital for a check up.
On October 25 crews joined colleagues from Barcombe and Haywards Heath to deal with a kitchen fire at Wivelsfield Green. Nobody was hurt . On October 28 the only call during the night of the storm was to the town’s bulk water carrier to help out at a barn fire near Herstmonceux in the early hours. Later that morning they had to dismantle a storm-damaged fence in London Road.
The next day saw them join Heathfield crews to attend a fatal road traffic collision on the A267 at Cross In Hand where a van had collided with an articulated lorry. The road was closed for several hours.
On October 31 an Uckfield crew dealt with a small fire in the engine compartment of a car at the Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park. This Saturday (November 9) Fireman Sam is visiting the station for a Children in Need fun day. Look out for a penalty shoot out, balloon modelling, fire engine rides and refreshments - everyone is welcome from 10am.