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Hampshire firefighters' busy night

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The fire involving chicken sheds at Brook Road, Botley Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

Hampshire firefighters were involved in a range of calls across the county last night involving fires, accidents and building collapse.

In Eastleigh, crews rescued a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between J5 and J7.

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Firefighters tackling the fire caused by the wooden chicken sheds Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, put out a fire involving 30 chickens.

The chickens were helped to safety from the fire that was caused by their wooden sheds.

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Firefighter dealing with the fire in Botley Credit: Hampshire Fire and Rescue

The Fire Service were also called out to deal with chimney fires in Hythe.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s head of response, Andy Bowers, said: “The wide range of incidents dealt with overnight show how well trained and equipped our firefighters are, so they are able to deal with whatever scenario they are faced with."

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."

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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

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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.

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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.

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