Firefighters house fire training

Firefighters in Hampshire have been given permission to use a derelict house for a week-long training exercise.

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Firefighters burn house for training

Hampshire firefighters have set alight to a derelict house in Park Gate for training exercises.

Crews from Fareham, Gosport and Cosham lit small fires in the house which they will escalate during the week.

Fareham station manage Paul Coates is leading the project, and said: "We have lost firefighters and there have been injuries in recent years. This is probably the best training we can do to overcome this and develop our skills. It is a live fire situation, but it is controlled."

The service is hoping that through working with Wessex they will get up to 150 buildings a year to practise their skills on.

Mr Coates added: "With different types of building we'll be able to practise other skills such as search and rescue, collapsed buildings, drill holes and abseiling."

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