Suffolk firefighters busy as extreme weather continues

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Tuesday 3 July 2018 has seen the busiest period so far for the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service in the current period of hot and dry weather.

Firefighters from across the county have been responding to fires and road traffic collisions as temperatures went up again this afternoon.

  • 12 fire engines fought a blaze in 40 acres of standing crops and trees in Hengrave
  • 6 fire engines fought a blaze in 600 metres of woodland and undergrowth in Mildenhall
  • 8 fire engines fought a blaze in 33 acres of stubble and a combine harvester in Bramford
  • 2 fire engines fought a fire in 100m of grass verge in Farnham
  • fire engines fought a fire in stubble and grass in Uggeshall
  • 5 fire engines attended 2 separate road traffic collisions in the county

Suffolk’s firefighters have worked efficiently to contain these fires in the hot and windy weather, with extreme temperatures making the work challenging.

Attending this number of events means that a team approach is key, involving many partners. Those involved included the 999 Control staff in Cambridgeshire, firefighters in Norfolk and Cambridgeshire, Police and Ambulance colleagues, and Fire and Rescue non-operational staff.

Councillor Richard Rout, Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection for Suffolk County Council, said:

“As well as our partners, we would also like to give special mention to the employers of our on-call firefighters.

"The willingness of employers to release their staff for firefighter duties is a fantastic tribute to their community spirit and allows us to keep Suffolk safe.” 

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said:

“With the extreme hot and dry weather to continue throughout the Wimbledon fortnight, the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service encourages everyone to be extra vigilant.

"Be aware of fire risks when you are out in the open, especially near to standing crop, crop stubble or trees and undergrowth, all of which is currently tinder dry.”

Those enjoying barbecues in the open are also advised to be aware of their safety and surroundings and to extinguish them properly.