Uckfield Fire Station host safety event to reduce Wealden road accidents

Fire and rescue staff in uniform on Saturday, photo by Ron Hill
Fire and rescue staff in uniform on Saturday, photo by Ron Hill

Road safety was at the top of the agenda thanks to a special open day at Uckfield Fire Station.

Local firefighters, with the support of East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) volunteers and local partners, delivered safety messages on a variety of road safety issues on Saturday (October 12) as part of Tyre Safety Month.

Fire and rescue personnel pose in front of a crash vehicle for a demonstration, photo by Ron Hill

Fire and rescue personnel pose in front of a crash vehicle for a demonstration, photo by Ron Hill

Crews from the station took part in the event as part of their drive to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Wealden’s roads.

Andy Cornford, station manager, said: “Today was about trying to educate the public and welcoming the community to the station to talk all things road safety.

“Through our local assessment of risk we’re very aware of the number of and impact that road traffic collisions and road related incidents have on our community.

“We’re focussed on working with our partners to highlight the dangers and reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”

An engine is decorated for the public road safety event, photo by Ron Hill

An engine is decorated for the public road safety event, photo by Ron Hill

Demonstrations varied from child seat safety/fitting and cycle safety, to the ‘re-start a heart’ initiative and deer awareness as well as practical demonstrations of removing doors and the roof from a vehicle.

Wealden has the highest number of road traffic collisions and fatal collisions within East Sussex.

Firefighters perform a demonstration at the event, photo by Ron Hill

Firefighters perform a demonstration at the event, photo by Ron Hill

A crash car at the road safety event on Saturday, photo by Ron Hill

A crash car at the road safety event on Saturday, photo by Ron Hill

Famililies attended the event on Saturday to find out more about road safety and the work of the fire and rescue service, photo by Ron Hill

Famililies attended the event on Saturday to find out more about road safety and the work of the fire and rescue service, photo by Ron Hill

Attendees look on as the fire and rescue service perform a road safety demonstration, photo by Ron Hill

Attendees look on as the fire and rescue service perform a road safety demonstration, photo by Ron Hill

Fire and rescue staff give a demonstration to members of the public in Uckfield, photo by Ron Hill

Fire and rescue staff give a demonstration to members of the public in Uckfield, photo by Ron Hill

A model horse and rider in fluorescent safety clothing, photo by Ron Hill

A model horse and rider in fluorescent safety clothing, photo by Ron Hill