Why Fire Engines Will Be All Over Brighton Palace Pier Tomorrow

Featured image by Leo Ferenc of De Havilland Photography

Don’t be alarmed if you’re planning a trip to Brighton Palace Pier tomorrow evening, but six fire engines will be on site.

The rescue vehicles will race to the pier as part of a high-level training exercise organised by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Half of the boardwalk will be cordoned off, meaning that one side of the pier will be inaccessible to the public, although the other side will remain open.

The exercise, which will seean automatic fire alarm sounding on the iconic attraction, aims to safeguard against a possible future fire on Brighton’s Palace Pier.

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Nigel Cusack, Brighton and Hove Borough Commander, said: “We are pleased to be working so closely with the owners of the Pier to organise this exercise. We want to ensure we fully understand the challenges we might face if there was a real fire. We hope visitors and locals will appreciate that we will need to shut off certain areas for safety reasons while we carry out our emergency planning and training event.”

“We want to ensure we fully understand the challenges we might face if there was a real fire. We hope visitors and locals will appreciate that we will need to shut off certain areas for safety reasons while we carry out our emergency planning and training event.”

Pier fires are very common  – Eastbourne Pier was gutted by flames in 2014 and Brighton’s West Pier was burnt to cinders in 2003, along with Southend Pier in 2005. In 2008, Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier was destroyed by fire, while Hastings Pier was almost destroyed by a blaze in 2010.

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