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Hampshire Fire and Rescue reassure public over strike

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are reassuring the public that emergency calls will be answered and responded to during the planned strike by the Fire Brigade Union.

The FBU have planned a four hour strike in a row over pensions. It will take place on Wednesday 25th September, between 12noon and 4pm.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will remain in operation as usual but are also calling for the public to help reduce unnecessary calls during that time.

Deputy Chief Officer Dave Curry said, "I want to reassure the public that we will be answering emergency calls and responding to them in the same way during the planned periods of industrial action.

"We urge the public to be vigilant during the strike and take extra precautions to prevent fires."

South's firefighters make splash for charity

Firefighters from across our region will be taking part in a national car wash to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Havant and Hightown and Rushmoor Fire Stations are among many services in the south who will be holding a car wash event in their community.

Motorists are invited to take their car along and have it washed in return for a donation to the charity as part of its largest national fundraising event of the year.

We are delighted that so many of our fire stations are getting involved this September and would encourage local people to come along and support the day. Your valued donations will go towards helping men, women and children from the fire and rescue service community during their times of need."

– Andy Bowers, Area Manager of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service


Ten homes evacuated after building fire

The height of the blaze Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Ten homes have been evacuated from their homes in the early hours of this morning after a fire at building that was under construction in Winchester.

40 firefighters have been on the scene for three hours tackling the flames in the two-storey building in Hatherley Road.

Crews tackling the flames Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue
The fire is now under control Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue


Heifer and baby rescued by fire service

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The pregnant cow being rescued by Hampshire Fire Service Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire firefighters were involved in a dramatic rescue of a pregnant cow and her baby from a muddy pit in Crawley.

The heifer and her calf were saved from the pit with the calf being safely born minutes later.

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A team of firefighters helped the calving cow out of the pit to safety Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

When firefighters arrived, the cow was almost fully submerged in the slurry pit up to her neck, desperately trying to stay afloat.

Calving while submerged in the pit, odds of the calf being delivered were very slim.

As soon as the calf was delivered the farmer and vet set to work to get it to breathe.

After a challenging delivery, the mother and baby are fit and well and were standing up only 20 minutes after birth.

The cow and her calf have made a quick recovery Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

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."

Fire service's barbecue safety tips

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people to be careful using barbecues 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.

ITV Meridian finds out how to stay safe with Steve Foye, the Community Safety Support Officer from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire Service's tips for barbecue safety

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to be safety conscious about barbecues this summer.

The Fire Service have put together a list to ensure an enjoyable and safe barbecue in the hot weather.

  • Only use barbecues in suitable and safe areas and never indoors or in a tent.
  • Make sure the coals are cool before you move the barbecue and always keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby in case of emergencies.
  • Only use recommended fluids, fire lighters and never petrol.

Gary Elston, Community Safety Officer, said: "This may seem like a long list but most of these things are common sense. By far the biggest danger is the use of flammable liquids to light on the barbecue."

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