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Hampshire firefighters help create mobile field hospital

The new mobile field hospital during an exercise

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has helped to design Britain's first mobile field hospital.

The tent-based facility would be used in disaster zones. It can be transformed into a medical centre with 40 beds for up to 90 days. The UK has become the sixth country to have a mobile field hospital.

According to Robin Bates from Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) who was the project section leader in charge of accommodation and logistics, the facility is impressive.

The hospital is most likely to be used in disaster zones or at severe flooding incidents

"The work that has gone into this is incredible. To be able to go to a disaster zone and immediately put up such a vital lifeline will make a huge difference to those in need.

"As well as treating the injured, this hospital will be able to help prevent minor injuries becoming major with a team of highly trained trauma doctors and nurses.

"This facility will save lives without a doubt and improve life for people who have lost everything in countries where the infrastructure has been completely wiped out."

– Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) crew manager Robin Bates

Farmer loses 'a year's hard work' after barn fire

Barn fires at Barton Stacey in Hampshire Credit: Sutton Scotney fire station

More than 30 firefighters spent the night tackling a fire at two barns in Barton Stacey near Andover. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service sent six fire engines and water carriers on the evening of Thursday 29th December.

There are no reports of any injuries.

Fleet service station fire investigation underway

It is believed that a coffee machine was the cause of a fire which has destroyed part of the Fleet Services petrol station complex on the M3.

It took more than fifty firefighters most of last night to fight the flames which it was feared would spread to a hotel and petrol station.

The fire is thought to have started in the KFC restaurant at the site - on the southbound side of the motorway at 10:30pm. A dozen staff were evacuated but no-one was injured. Most of the building has been destroyed.

Firefighters say that if the fire had happened at any other time of day then lives could have been lost. Richard Slee reports.


M3 southbound reopened after major petrol station fire

The fire took hold after 10.30pm last night Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station
The area has been cordoned off for firecrews to damp down

All lanes of the M3 southbound have been reopened after the overnight fire at Fleet Service station. Fire crews remain at the scene damping down. However the service station area and the fuel station remain closed.

Group Commander Brian Rudman from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service said crews would remain at the scene for much of the day.

More firefighters sent to tackle Fleet petrol station fire

More than 50 firefighters spent the night fighting the flames Credit: Rushmoor Fire Station

A second round of relief fire crews have been sent to Fleet Services off the M3 in Hampshire following a major blaze last night. More than 50 firefighters were at the scene at the height of the fire.

At present one lane of the M3 southbound is closed between Junction 4a for Fleet and Junction 5 for Hook.

The Fleet service station area remains closed and there is slow traffic in the area. The fire broke out in the service station's food court at around 10.30pm last night.

The fire is under control and firefighters are damping down the area damaged by the blaze to make it safe.

The blaze has destroyed part of the service station Credit: Rushmoor Fire station

Unplug your Christmas tree lights - or risk fire

Unplug your Christmas tree lights before you leave the house - or risk it catching fire says Hampshire Fire Service.

This video from the Fire Kills campaign shows how faulty lights can engulf a living room in less than a minute.

Check your Christmas tree lights are in good condition and be sure to turn them off before you go to bed.

Keeping your tree well watered can also prevent the risk of fire.

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