HIWFRS News - September 2023

This is our latest round-up of news from across

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.

New on-call recruits join stations after completing initial training



A new group of on-call firefighters have successfully completed their initial training course and will now return to their local communities where they will help respond to incidents.


The eight new recruits were assessed by the Learning and Development trainers based at Ryde Fire Station on the Isle of Wight.

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More station events for you to enjoy coming up!

open day


Our teams have been busy in recent weeks with hosting open days, fundraising with charity car washes and attending other events such as Pride. 


There are still more events scheduled in the coming weeks including the St Mary's open day on 14th October.


Check out our upcoming events

Firefighters join rescue efforts in Morocco following earthquake



Five specialist firefighters from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service were deployed to Morocco following the devastating earthquake. 


They were part of a team of 60 UK search and rescue specialists deployed by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, who arrived in Morocco, along with specialist equipment and four search dogs.

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New wildfire skills & decontamination techniques acquired following exchange trip



A team of 12 Hampshire and Isle of Wight firefighters travelled to the other side of the world to share learning and showcase their rescue skills as part of a new exchange programme.

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Rescue teams pick up prizes from national competition



Our extrication and rope rescue teams competed at this year's UK Rescue Organisation Festival of Rescue competition in Lincolnshire, taking home a number of awards.

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Man stuck in the mud in Lee-on-the-Solent rescued by crews



Crews from Gosport and Cosham were alerted to a man waist deep in mud at a lake in Lee-on-the-Solent on Friday afternoon.


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New Prince's Trust teams set to commence


Are you 16-25 and looking for a fun challenge where you can make friends and learn new skills?

Our next 12-week Prince's Trust courses start on 25 September at Basingstoke, Redbridge and Ryde fire stations.

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Hampshire and Dorset crews tackle house fire in Barton-on-sea



Crews tackled a large house fire in Barton-On-Sea on Saturday morning which caused the roof to collapse.


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Student residence blaze caused by unattended cooking



An unattended kitchen fire at a university hall of residence saw students evacuated and firefighters arrive to extinguish the blaze.


Fortunately no one was injured during the incident on Wessex Lane, Southampton.


Visit our website for student fire safety tips.

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