Television presenters Nick Knowles and Louise Minchin interviewed ESFRS staff for three different episodes, being aired during the current series on BBC1 at 11am. One of the episodes has already aired on June 10, and viewers were told how Uckfield firefighters went back into a burning building to rescue the ashes of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. Private Daniel Gamble was the 100th British Serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan back in 2008 and thousands lined the streets of Uckfield to pay their respects at his funeral procession.

The mother and brother of Daniel spoke of their huge gratitude to crews who they hailed as true heroes to rescue the memories of another true hero. Fire crews stopped the family going in to rescue the ashes and took it upon themselves to retrieve any memories of Daniel.

This programme can be viewed on BBC iplayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b011w7t6/Real_Rescues_Series_7_Episode_10/.

In another episode viewers will see the important work of ESFRS Black Museum and how fires can be sparked anytime, anywhere, for reasons you do not expect. This episode will feature an incident in which a fire was caused by a magnifying glass left on the windowsill. The virtual Black Museum was launched by Lead Fire Investigation Officer Mark Hobbs to highlight potential causes of fire in an effective and interesting way, as well as giving important safety messages.

Lead Fire Investigation Officer Mark Hobbs said: "As a fire officer, I am very aware of the many and unusual ways that a fire can start and also the very real dangers that arise. I feel strongly that our communities need to be able to share our knowledge and experiences so that they are better informed about potential fire hazards and how they can take action to minimise them.

"The Black Museum immediately brings these safety messages to life and can help change people's perceptions in an instant and they are much more likely to listen to what we have to tell them."

For further information on the Black Museum visit http://www.esfrs.org/blackmuseum/.

On June 23, viewers will hear an emergency call made to the ESFRS control room in which fire survival guidance was given over the phone by Dawn Tindall, until Hastings firefighters arrived at a fire in which a mother and baby were trapped in a flat. Dawn can be seen speaking to Nick Knowles about what to do if viewers were to find themselves in this unfortunate situation and the importance of giving the address immediately to the emergency call handler.

Hastings fire crews dramatically rescued a mother and baby after they were found hanging out the window of a flat in Bohemia Road, in the early hours of one morning back in May 2010. Crews used an aerial platform ladder to reach the 27-year-old distressed woman with her one-year-old daughter and were able to lead them to safety. At its height, four appliances were at the scene with twenty firefighters tackling the blaze, using breathing apparatus and firefighting foam.

The rescue involved both East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service Control Room 999 Operators and fire crews working closely together, as life safety survival advice was given over the phone.

Watch Commander Tony Giles can be seen interviewed by Nick Knowles and said: "The work of mobilising staff made sure that they were calm and looking out for us and moved to a place of safety. This information was passed on to us while we were en route. We were then able to carry on an effective rescue very, very quickly."

 

Posted: 10.09am, 23.06.11, rachael.haydon@pavpub.com