In 2006 Geoff Wicker and Brian Wembridge lost their lives tackling a fire at Marlie Farm. After investigation, this was found to be down to negligence on the part of the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Despite a court ruling that compensation must be paid, the fire service is refusing and stopping the bereaved families recovering from this traumatic event.
Why are we still asking for this now eight years after the tragic event?
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"We appeal to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to avoid prolonging the agony of bereaved families as well as injured firefighters and police officers by accepting this judgment and paying the appropriate compensation as soon as possible."
We need justice for everyone affected by the disaster at Marlie Farm, we need the East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to act with integrity, and we need your help to achieve it.
This isn't acceptable. Please sign the petition.
The High Court identified a number of failings by East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service:
Failure to train staff on the risks of a significant explosion with fireworks stored in bulk and the correct manner in which to approach explosives incidents
Failure to pre-plan (ie carry out standard inspections and build their findings into an emergency response plan) for an explosives incident at Marlie Farm, despite warnings about the site, the evidence of poor water supplies and ESFRS’ knowledge of the widespread, bulk storage of fireworks in Sussex
Failure by the fire and rescue service’s Mobilisation and Communications Centre to pass on information received in calls they received, for example, that a “huge explosion” or “large explosions” had taken place
Failure to order an evacuation once the presence of large fireworks in the shipping container was strongly suspected
Failure to execute the evacuation properly once it was belatedly ordered