Date Added: 7th March
Press Officer: Sarah Lander
Telephone: 01243 752448
A SELECTION OF INCIDENTS ATTENDED BY WSFRS 9AM THURSDAY 6TH MARCH TO 9AM FRIDAY 7TH MARCH
Call Ref: 16887
Location: OUTSIDE PUB - CHARLWOOD ROAD LOWFIELD HEATH
Incident: Fire - small engine fire in car - 1HR used by WSF&RS - accidental - police in attendance - WrL Crawley
Call Ref: 16896
Location: RESTAURANT - PORTLAND ROAD WORTHING
Incident: Dangerous structure - aerial hanging from roof of restaurant - aerial removed by WSF&RS using ALP and small tools - WrL Worthing, ALP Worthing
Call Ref: 16919
Location: SHED ON DRIVEWAY TO FARM - THE HOLLOW WASHINGTON
Incident: Fire - smoke coming from shed - forced entry made - small fire involving logs in buckets in shed 2mx4m - 1HR used by WSF&RS - slight smoke damage to interior of shed - accidental - WrL Storrington, WrL Worthing
Call Ref: 16933
Location: CHURCH HALL- CHURCH LANE COPTHORNE
Incident: Fire - advertising sign on fire - fire out on arrival of WSF&RS - deliberate ignition - WrL Crawley
WrL Water Tender Ladder
L4T Four Wheel Drive Vehicle with Water Tank
CU Command Unit
HR Hose Reel
RIB Rigid Inflatable Boat
BA Breathing Apparatus
HRT Heavy Rescue Tender
ALP Aerial Ladder Platform
BASU - Breathing Apparatus Support Unit
WrC Water Carrier
PPV Fan Positive Pressure Ventilation fan
TIC Thermal Imaging Camera
FIO Fire Investigation Officer
TRU Technical Rescue Unit
Date Added: 18th February 2014
Press Officer: Sarah Smith
Telephone: 01243 642880
RIVER RESCUE PROMPTS WARNING FROM FIREFIGHTERS
Firefighters in West Sussex are warning people about the dangers of playing in water after being called to rescue a boy who got into trouble on the River Lavant yesterday evening.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service were called to the stretch of river in the Hornet in Chichester shortly after 6pm last night after the 12-year old, who was playing on a makeshift raft with two friends, fell into the water and was swept downstream.
The force of the water carried the boy dangerously close to the culvert pipe, where the river goes under the city, before he managed to pull himself onto a small brick ledge.
A crew from Chichester Fire Station were on the scene within minutes of the alarm being raised and were able to reach the boy using a system of ladders and ropes. The boy, who was suffering from cold and shock, was treated at the scene by paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service but did not need hospital treatment.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service Incident Commander in charge of the rescue, Kim Taylor, said afterwards:
"This young lad had a very lucky escape because this could have been a much more serious incident. If he had been swept a few more feet downstream into that culvert pipe then I have no doubt we would be talking about a tragic outcome.
"This incident really does highlight how dangerous playing on, or wading into, water can be. The protracted period of rain and higher than usual water levels mean that the risks are even greater at the moment. However, even if the water doesn't look deep it can still be highly dangerous. Our advice is simple - don't put yourself or others at risk just stay out of the water."
Date Added: 10th February 2014
Press Officer: Sarah Smith
Telephone: 01243 752448
FIREFIGHTERS ISSUE SAFETY WARNING AS CHIMNEY FIRES INCREASE
A rise in chimney fires across the county has sparked a safety warning from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service.
Since Friday (7-9 February) firefighters have been called to 9 separate chimney fires in Amberley, Rudgwick, Crawley, Southwick, Storrington, East Preston, South Harting, East Grinstead and Bepton. Thankfully, the responding crews were able to extinguish the blazes quickly and prevent them from spreading, but chimney fires can be devastating.
Chimney fires are one of the most frequent incidents attended by the Fire Service. During 2013 (January 1 - December 31) West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended 220 chimney fires across the county.
Jackie Boyle, Community Fire Safety Officer for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said:
"We all know the weather has been miserable of late so it's only natural that people are turning to open fires to keep warm and cosy, but if basic safety precautions aren't followed they can become a serious fire hazard. The best piece of advice we can give to anyone planning to light a fire is to make sure they get their chimney checked and swept each year.
"Of course, you should also make sure you have a working smoke alarm on each level of your home - that early warning to a fire really is a lifesaver and means damage to your property can hopefully be kept to a minimum."
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service offers the following advice:
- Have your chimney swept at least once a year, twice a year if burning wood.
- When burning wood, use dry, seasoned woods only.
- Build smaller, hotter fires that burn completely and produce less smoke.
- Never burn cardboard boxes or waste paper.
- Never use petrol or paraffin to light your fire.
- Do not overload the grate or appliance.
- Use a fire or spark guard to prevent accidental fires.
- Ensure the fire is fully extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house.
- Make sure wood burners and other fire appliances are installed and maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
To find your local chimney sweep, contact the National Association of Chimney Sweeps on freephone 0800 833464 or www.nacs.org.uk
Fire safety advice is free and easy to access from West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service call 01243 642879 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire