Press Release Number:431
26 September 2002

September 25th 2002

Four firefighters and a fire control operator from the west of the county have received Long Service and Good Conduct medals from the Lord Lieutenant of West Sussex, Hugh Wyatt.

The medals, for 20 years exemplary service to the community, were presented at a special ceremony at Arundel Castle, with family and friends present.

Also present were Chief Fire Officer Martin Burrell, Cabinet Member for Public Safety Michael Dennis and policy advisor for public safety Clive Williams.

In total 14 members of the Brigade received medals. These included full and part-time firefighters and command and mobilising staff.

The five are:
Firefighter Nigel Purves – has been a retained firefighter at Midhurst Fire Station since 1981. He has carried out the duties of Crew Commander on a number of occasions and is classed as an experienced firefighter by his colleagues at the Midhurst station.
Station Officer David Lack – joined the Fire Service in Hampshire in 1979, before transferring to West Sussex as a Sub-Officer in 1992. He is currently Watch Command at Horsham and lives in Barnham.
Sub-Officer Mick Hull – joined in 1980 and was judged to be the best recruit on his course at the training centre, winning the senior award, known as the Silver Axe. He was posted first to Shoreham, but now works from the Brigades busiest station, Crawley. He lives in the Bognor area.
Firefighter Richard Atherton – is a retained firefighter at Chichester, where he has served since 1979. His full time employment is as an aerospace engineer, for which he has travelled all over the world.
Fire Control Operator Lynne Mapley – lives in Felpham along with her husband, who is also a serving member of the Fire Brigade. She joined the Command and Mobilising Centre in 1980 where she still serves today.

August 2007
Emergency Services are warning of the dangers of stopping on hard shoulders and sides of carriageways, following a car crash.
The crash occurred at 9:02 Thursday morning 9 August after a car collided with the back of another one that had broken down on the side of the road on a stretch of the A27 trunk road, approximately one mile from Chichester.
Although nobody was seriously injured, the consequences could have been extremely serious had the two small children, both boys, not been taken out of the car and placed for safety on a bank away from the car and behind the crash barrier by their parents who came from Havant. The two adult occupants were also out when another car from Chichester crashed into the rear of the broken down car after coming along the same stretch of road.
Mark Adfield, of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said - Removing everybody from the vehicle after it broke down certainly saved lives. We would like to warn everyone of the dangers involved in stopping on hard shoulders or at the side of carriageways, as many fatal accidents on British roads occur in these areas when cars have broken down.
Our advice is to leave the vehicle by the left passenger door so as not to step onto the road, and get as far behind the crash barrier as you possibly can, then call police and breakdown services. Ensure wheels are turned to the left, and always avoid sitting in the car while waiting for breakdown services.
First aid was rendered by Fire Service personnel prior to the arrival of South East Coast Ambulance Service to one adult male suffering back injuries. Fire engines from Chichester, Havant and Copnor attended the scene.

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A new off-road firefighting vehicle has been presented to Station Commander, Ken Sheppard, and firefighters at Petworth fire station.
Petworth is one of 19 fire stations in the county which are fully crewed by retained personnel. These firefighters have separate jobs, but are notified by a pager if they are needed to respond to an emergency call.
Christopher Sedgwick, Chairman of the Fire, Police Liaison and Public Protection Committee handed over the keys for the new vehicle to Leading Firefighter Gary Maidment on one of the station's weekly drill nights. Also present was County Fire Officer Ken Lloyd.
The vehicle is one of six new light four-wheel drive fire-fighting vehicles, based on the Steyr Daimler Puch Super 'G' Wagon, which have recently become operational within the brigade.
"These new vehicles will provide West Sussex Fire Brigade with an enhanced off-road firefighting capability and will help to ensure that the high quality of service which it delivers to the people of West Sussex is maintained," said Mr Sedgwick.
The vehicles are part of a continuous replacement programme, which the brigade operates for its vehicle fleet to ensure that it is equipped with the latest specialist vehicles and equipment. "Rather than operating a system where equipment and vehicles from the larger wholetime stations are passed down to the smaller retained stations in the county, the brigade ensures that the smaller stations are also provided with new vehicles. Petworth is one of two retained stations which have received one of the new off-road vehicles," said County Fire Officer Ken Lloyd. The vehicles will be used to deal with a wide range of emergencies, from countryside fires and animal rescues to an aircraft crash, and will also be used extensively in adverse weather conditions.
One of the most notable features of the vehicles is their versatility, they are able to pump whilst in motion and have a removable hard top. Petworth's Station Commander Ken Sheppard said: "The vehicle is extremely impressive and carries a variety of equipment, all of which can be removed, enabling it to be used to move other operational equipment around." He added: "It has already attended a number of incidents and was recently mobilised to a fire on the common at Burton Park."
For further information, please contact Sarah Stoddart at West Sussex Fire Brigade Headquarters on 01243 752411.
Petworth Fire Station
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