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Socks and chains to keep Sussex fire service running
3:53pm Sunday 20th January 2013 in News
A fire service has taken precautions to make sure they are still running throughout the snowy weather.
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service has snow chains for large fire appliances and snow socks for smaller service vehicles, along with the use of 4 x 4 vehicles, to ensure firefighters can get to incidents even in the most remote of situations.
Mark Rist, head of operational planning and policy, said: “East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service works closely with other partner agencies through the Sussex Resilience Forum.
“We have extremely effective contingency plans for adverse weather conditions and East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service will use our operational capacity to ensure the safety of our community and support other emergency services as required.”
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is also reminding people to drive with care.
A spokesman said: "Your vehicle will not start, stop or steer in the same way it usually does.
"Stopping distances are greatly increased in icy conditions, so slow down and keep a bigger distance between you and the vehicle in front.
"Brake or accelerate carefully and gradually, and take corners very slowly.
"If you’re planning a long journey – or if the snow really starts to settle – make sure that you check the weather forecast before you set out.
"The Met Office carries regularly updated feeds showing likely weather conditions, as well as any warnings.
"It is also advisable to carry an emergency pack in your boot - a first aid kit, torch, blanket, food and drink, a tow rope and shovel could all come in useful if you do find yourself getting stuck.
"Also make sure you have a fully charged mobile phone and water proof shoes."