New figures from Kent Fire and Rescue Service show a drop in the number of house fires across the county in the last year. But now their safety experts are trying to highlight the danger posed by smoke. Iain McBride reports from their specialist training centre in Ashford.
The search for a missing crewman who was lost overboard off the East Sussex coast has been called off. The lifeboat at Eastbourne was called out and volunteer crews spent nine hours searching for the man who had fallen from a tugboat in rough seas.
Eastbourne all-weather lifeboat was launched just after midnight when a crewman fell overboard in gale force winds and violent seas from a passing tug five miles south of Sovereign harbour.
The tug Endurance, with two people on board, was on passage from Dover to Brighton
with a 60ft motor cruiser under tow when the man fell overboard. His colleague sent out a Mayday distress call which mobilised the rescue services.
Eastbourne ALB began the search close inshore off Beachy Head joined later by Coastguard Rescue helicopter 104. The two lifeboats continued their search throughout the night, but found nothing and abandoned the search after 9 hours at sea.
A specialist fire team have rescued a dog which fell 30 feet into a quarry in Kent.
Jason Ensinger was walking Dexter, a three-year-old cross breed, when the much-loved pet ran under a fence and slid 30 foot down the quarry. He became stuck on a ledge, approximately 50 feet from the bottom.
A specialist line team from Kent Fire and Rescue were called in to rescue him.
Station Manager Dean Firmin explained what happened next: "Wearing a harness, a firefighter was lowered down but he then had trouble trying to get the dog and it was becoming increasingly anxious and was trying to escape so we were starting to worry that it could fall off the ledge.
"Following a suggestion by Jason, we then gave him a harness and clipped him onto our firefighter; making sure they were both safely attached, they then went down to the ledge. Fortunately this time, the dog was happy to go to his owner and he was successfully brought back to safety.
The line rescue team are specially trained and equipped to deal with this sort of rescue and we're pleased we were able to help."
Jason said: "We can't thank them enough as Dexter is more than a family pet, he's like a child to us and we were so frightened for him, especially as he became more scared and started trying to run around on the ledge.
"The fire crews were fantastic and I know people would say 'what's the fuss, he's just a pet?' but he's more than that and we're so very thankful that they managed to help."
The local community have come together to raise funds for the family of a man who drowned after he had jumped into Portsmouth Harbour to rescue two children.
Both children are safe but Marco Araujo lost his life in July.
Local company Krazycruisers organised a car show to raise money to help Marco's family. The event "Cruise fit for a hero" saw more than 500 people gather to show their respects.
It was followed by a two minute silence and a convoy of more than 350 cars from Cascades car park to Southsea seafront. The event raised more than £1100.
A man in his 50s was pulled from a burning building in Sompting by four members of the public who were passing by.
The rescue follows reports of an explosion at a house in Hillrise Avenue, today at 4.15pm.
The man was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. It is not known what injuries he has at this stage. No one else was injured and no one was evacuated.
The road was closed with the junction of Hillbarn Avenue while West Sussex Fire and Rescue dealt with the fire, which is now out.
Three fire pumps are at the scene.
Distressed sailors and struggling swimmers. If you are in trouble at sea - they will be there to help you.
And this summer Kent and Essex had the UK's busiest coastal RNLI lifeboat stations - at Southend on Sea and Ramsgate.
But with the worst summer on record for 100 years - why have call outs soared in some areas? Sarah Saunders has been finding out.
The RNLI has released figures showing an increase in the number of rescue missions in the Meridian region. The charity's second busiest lifeboat station in the country is Ramsgate in Kent. Its crews attended 49 call outs over the Summer - ten more than in the same time period in 2011.
While in the county of Hampshire the number of incidents over the Summer was 11% higher than in the same stretch of time last year. In total the crews at Hayling Island, Portsmouth, Calshot and Lymington launched one hundred and forty-two times.
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The journey home from the country's weirdest cricket match ended with eight people and a dog being rescued by a lifeboat crew.
They were aboard an eight-metre RIB which had been returning to Cowes after taking advantage of a low tide to attend a cricket match on a sandbank in the mid-Solent .
But yesterday when off Old Castle Point, East Cowes the craft broke down when its engine over-heated.
Luckily Cowes lifeboat had also been one of the many craft attending the cricket match, staged on Bramble Bank, and responded straight away.
The cricket match, between representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble, proved even more testing than usual, with the wind ensuring the sand was not so exposed on thisoccasion.