Firefighters at Cosham Fire Station in Hampshire have turned their station into a Santa's Grotto to host a party for children who have been receiving treatment at the nearby Queen Alexandra Hospital.
The party included a petting zoo, a children’s entertainer, and a chance for the youngsters to watch firefighters rescue Santa from a tower using an aerial ladder platform.
Detectives are appealing for information after a 32-year-old woman and her son aged three, had to be led to safety by firefighters last night during a fire at a block of flats in Southampton.
Hampshire Constabulary were called to the flats at Paynes Road in the city at 11.51pm last night. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said neither the mother nor her child were harmed.
The fire is believed to have started in a stairwell. The fire is being treated as suspicious, and an investigation is underway.
It's a shocking fact that older people are twice as likely to die in a fire than any other age group. Often that's because they live alone and that's why Hampshire Fire and Rescue have launched an initiative to help keep people safer in their homes. They've been offering advice on smoke alarms and fire prevention. Juliette Fletcher and Fred Dineage went along to the launch event today.
Older people from the local area were today invited to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's HQ to get home safety advice from firefighters.
Supported by ITV’s Fred Dinenage, the older persons event formed part of the Service’s three month campaign to make the most vulnerable people in the community safe in their own homes.
Nationally the risk of dying in a fire for people over 65 is more than twice as high as the average for all ages. This risk increases dramatically if the person lives alone, smokes, drinks or has a physical and/or learning disability.
Hampshire has a higher percentage of age-related impairments than the national average and now that the weather is getting colder, older people are more vulnerable and spend more time in their homes alone and isolated.
The Service is also working with partner organisations including Age Concern and asking the public to help raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people.
The region's fire and rescue services are facing a number of ongoing challenges over the past year including firefighters going on strike and shrinking budgets.
Fire chiefs in Hampshire- one of our biggest counties in the South - will have to make £12 million pounds of savings by 2018 - leaving the service with £58 million pounds to keep residents safe.
ITV Meridian interviewed Dave Curry, the Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service.
The fire service has launched an online survey to allow people living in Hampshire to have their say on how to shape the county's fire service of the future.
The public's views will be factored into proposals that will be put to the county's fire authority for approval next year. The online survey closes on 7 December 2014.
Hampshire firefighters have recently had the chance to train on board a Brittany Ferries vessel in an exercise to rescue a trapped crewmember.
Firefighters from Southsea and Cosham were given the scenario of a casualty trapped in the vessel's hydraulic machinery room where a hydraulic leak had caused an irrespirable atmosphere.
Firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a rope pack rescue kit to lift the crewmember to safety. The casualty was then handed to the care of the Brittany Ferries medical team.
Southsea's Station Manager Mark Larrimore of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:
Crews worked along side Brittany Ferries and Portsmouth International Port staff who helped organise and facilitate the training exercise.
Video: neighbour Thomas Gray describes how he rescued two children from a fire in Gosport.
A woman in her 70s is lucky to be alive after she was pulled from a ditch by emergency crews after becoming stranded in remote countryside.
The woman was only discovered, submerged in mud and water, by a passing dog walker near Oakley Lane, Mottisfont, at around 11am this morning.
It is thought the woman's car had become stuck in mud down a track.
Her efforts to free the car had then left her exhausted and immersed in the mud herself for several hours.
It took fire, police and ambulance crews some time to locate the casualty because of her remote location and they needed specialist off-road vehicles to reach her.
She was taken to Southampton General Hospital suffering from the effects of hypothermia.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned World Extrication Champions at the world’s biggest rescue challenge competition. It beat teams from across the world in dealing with various car crash scenarios.
Teams took part in a number of simulated multi-vehicle pile-ups at the 16th World Rescue Challenge, hosted by The Fire Service College in Gloucestershire. The teams faced scenarios in which casualties needed rescuing - some of whom had deteriorating conditions.
Hampshire’s team are also the current UK champions in extrication.
He's helped tackle some of the most dangerous incidents to hit Hampshire over the past fifty years. And now having made history, he's being honoured. Martyn Long is the first person to reach fifty years service for Hampshire Fire and Rescue. From Winchester Guildhall going up in flames to the Great Storm, he's been on hand to help others. Andrew Pate went to meet him.