"A cut too far that will put lives at risk." That's how the Fire Brigades Union has described proposed changes to the way Hampshire Fire and Rescue responds to emergencies.
Fire chiefs have set out a number of significant changes aimed at modernising the service as it battles with a multi-million pound funding gap.
But the FBU has raised serious concerns about the possible loss of traditional crewed fire engines and wants residents to have their say. Emma Wilkinson reports.
Risking the lives of customers and staff has cost a businessman £25,000.
As well as a £15,000 fine, the owner of Junness Indian Cuisine in Southampton was ordered to pay costs of £10,300 after pleading guilty to five charges relating to inadequate fire safety standards.
A visit to the property in High Street by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on 21 August 2012 found: an inadequate fire alarm system; a fire exit not well protected; and inadequate emergency lighting.
Following the visit a prohibition notice was served, stopping people from living above the premises.
After evidence that people were still living there, with the problems not addressed, legal action was taken.
A fire engine pulling contest at Bransgore in the New Forest has raised thousands of pounds for the Macmillan Cancer local charity. Teams of eight pulled a 14-ton Dennis fire engine, belonging to Wessex Fire And Rescue Service.
A family was rescued by Hants Fire & Rescue Service after they drove through fast flowing water in the New Forest and become stuck. Crews arrived to find the car had a water level halfway up the doors. The operator stayed on the line while the vehicle was winched out of the water.
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A horse has been cut free from a trailer after it overturned in East Sussex
A specialist animal rescue team from Crowborough were called in after the accident on the A21.
The trailer was resting on the central reservation while a vet sedated the horse and firefighters cut the roof off the trailer.
The driver of the vehicle, towing the trailer, was unhurt but understandably shaken by the incident.
Crew Commander John Haizelden from East Sussex Fire and Rescue said:
“It was an extremely hot day and crews worked well in the heat under arduous conditions.
"The specialist animal rescue unit from Crowborough concentrated on working in the vicinity of the animal, maintaining its welfare.
Due to the nature of this incident specialist knowledge is required when dealing with animals.”
The A21 was closed in both directions between Pembury and Kippings Cross roundabout but has now reopened.
Worthing Fire Station held an open day, when crews showed their work - and how to avoid tragedies. All of the emergency services took part. The public saw the crews dealing with simulated road accidents, chip pan fires and other incidents regularly attended by West Sussex Fire and Rescue.
Approval has been given to plans to merge Oxfordshire and Berkshire fire services.
The new "Thames Valley Fire Control Service" is expected to save almost ten million pounds in fifteen years, reducing the combined control room staff from fifty two to thirty.
It's expected the new force will start in 2014. The service says the project will save the forces more than £650,000 a year.