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Fire Service warn of barbecue dangers

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Fire Service warn of barbecue dangers Credit: PA Wire

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people to be barbecue safe this summer.

As the weather is set to improve, the fire service is urging people to be extra safe around barbecues - especially when lighting them.

Gary Elston, Community Safety Officer, said: "To make sure your event is enjoyable and safe, please make yourself familiar with safety precautions surrounding barbecues. Also, if you've planned a barbecue and the weather lets you down, don't take the barbecue indoors or into a tent.

"In recent years, some people have suffered carbon dioxide poisoning as a result, so we are urging everyone to stay safe this summer."

Hampshire firefighters compete

Firefighters competing
Firefighters compete to practise their specialist skills Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters from Hampshire will today compete in a national rescue competition.

The event will see the fire services race to carry out the specialist tasks.

Lee Harvey, Hampshire's Extrication Team Manager, said: "This is a great opportunity for us to practise our specialist skills and for our firefighters to tackle some of the more unusual situations which they might encounter during their career."

Firefighters competing
Firefighters will take part in a variety of tasks Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters battle it out at competition

Hampshire firefighters will take on 38 fire services from across the UK in an annual rescue challenge.

The two day event in Liverpool takes place today and tomorrow (5th and 6th July) and will see teams compete in a number of tasks.

The firefighters will undertake vehicle extrication, trauma care, casualty management, water rescue, rope rescue and Urban Search and Rescue (USAR).

More than 600 competitors are expected to take part in the event staged by Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and United Kingdom Rescue Organisation.

Road closures ahead of fire exercise in Hampshire

There will be a mock fire at a tyre site in Hampshire later, as part of an emergency exercise by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters, police officers, council workers and the Environment Agency will be involved in the exercise near Romsey.

To make the exercise realistic several roads will be closed between 18:00 and 22:00.

  • A3057 Romsey Road between M271 junction and A27 junction.
  • Coldharbour Lane, Hoe Lane, Toothill Road, Lee Drove and Lee Lane.
  • There will be diversions put in place between A27 Luzborough Lane and A27 Botley Road.

Hants Fire: 'Quick action stopped the fire'

Hampshire Fire and Rescue service has praised students for responding so quickly to alarms, after a fire broke out on the 12th floor of an apartment block.

A significant fire had broken out in the kitchen of the flat and on discovering there was a person unaccounted for we quickly carried out a search operation to locate and lead the casualty to safety. Our positive and prompt firefighting action then stopped the fire spreading beyond the kitchen.

– Group Manager Dave Turner, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters rescue student from halls fire

A female student has been rescued from a fire after a blaze at a student accomodation block in Southampton.

Crews were called to the sixteen floor Liberty Quays complex after the fire alarms went off at just before five o'clock this morning.

Upon arrival it was discovered that one student was missing. Firefighters located her and evacuated her from the 12th floor.

The fire involved a sofa in the communal kitchen of the flat on the 12th floor and it was quickly extinguished.


Meridian West: Report into the future of fire fighting

by Malcolm Shaw

An independent report commissioned by the Government claims that fire services across the South could save millions of pounds of public money if they worked together more closely.

The review says calls-outs and fire deaths have dropped, while spending and the number of firefighters have stayed much the same. The report has been welcomed by fire chiefs in Hampshire and West Sussex.

But the Fire Brigades Union has called it a "fig leaf" to hide further cuts which could put lives at risk. Malcolm Shaw reports.

Were wood burners to blame for fires?

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has revealed its investigations into the recent spate of fires in thatched properties has established a common link.

Although investigations into the causes of these fires are still ongoing, early indications suggest they have been caused by excessive heat being transferred through the chimney or the chimney liner to the thatch, therefore creating an ignition source.

Each of the properties involved had wood burners installed as a main heating source.

Shirley Towers fatal fire report calls for sprinklers in all residential high rises

by Martin Dowse

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is calling for all residential tower blocks in the country to be fitted with sprinkler systems - after the death of two of the service's firemen.

Alan Bannon and James Shears died in the blaze at Shirley Towers in April 2010. Following their own investigation into the incident the fire service also says measures to make tower blocks safer are not being implemented quickly enough.

The interviewees in Martin Dowse's report are: John Bonney, the Chief Officer of Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service; Lin Trott, Alan Bannon's sister; Nick Cross, the Head of Housing for Southampton City Council; and Dave Curry the Director of the Chief Fire Officers' Association.

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