Fire Service: The Best Workers Are Those Able To “Be Themselves”

“You do the best work when you can be yourself.” This is the message from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service which has set up four network groups to ensure everyone who works for the organisation feels supported. These groups are FireINSPIRE,…

Bear necessities: More than 100 toys arrive at fire station after unusual appeal

When a firefighter put out a Facebook appeal for a special teddy bear he was in for a BIG surprise – with toy animals arriving at the station in their droves. On-call Crew Manager Richard Scarth put out the social…

Solar saving helps fire service cut carbon footprint

MORE than 1000 tonnes of carbon dioxide has been saved by Hampshire’s fire service as part of their drive to greatly reduce their impact on the environment. The green project, launched in 2012, will also see ongoing carbon reduction that…

Firefighting dynasty hits landmark 100th birthday

When do three Weeks total 100 years? The answer is a fire service family dynasty that stretches across three generations and has just marked this milestone birthday. Between them the trio of Andy, Mick and Percy have put out thousands…

Unique mental health video ‘a must-see’

This is the fire video that has been setting social media alight. The footage features Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and officers talking about mental health, exploding myths and attempting to remove the stigma. It has been backed by…

More than 170 emergency services workers fight huge thatch blaze

Firefighters have been praised for saving a picturesque hotel after a huge thatch fire threatened to destroy it forever. The blaze at The Potters Heron hotel and restaurant was tackled by more than 140 firefighters and officers, 25 fire engines,…

New project could change lives for those with learning difficulties in county

A new project to help those with learning difficulties is being pioneered by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. The organisation is aiming to become the first emergency service in the country to be Makaton-friendly after the trailblazing example set by Romsey Fire…

Female office staff become firefighters for International Women’s Day

A group of women have been put through their paces by Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service to mark International Women’s Day. The nine participants carried out simulated ladder lifts, hose-running, equipment carrying, hose techniques and even a search wearing full…

Time to Talk Day sparks mental health conversations for firefighters

Firefighters across the county are being encouraged to talk about mental health as part of Time to Talk Day. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service are taking part in the annual event on Thursday (February 01) organised by the Time to…

Record haul of awards for firefighter Jasper – dubbed a ’24-carat diamond’ as Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Celebrate Successes

A firefighter who has helped raise more than £100,000 for charity and put on parties for thousands of pensioners has been awarded a trio of gongs. Kevin ‘Jasper’ Taylor took the top accolade of the Chairman’s Award at Hampshire Fire and…

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority Appoints New Chief Fire Officer

A new Chief Officer has been appointed to lead Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) from the start of next year. Neil Odin will take over from current Chief Dave Curry, who…

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Migrate to Infographics

Infographics UK Ltd., a specialist software manufacturer and Microsoft® Gold Partner, today announced Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service (FRS) has gone live with their new Microsoft Azure Managed Service option. Azure is Microsoft’s global cloud platform for building, deploying and…

Hampshire female sailing team cruise to victory in charity sailing event

A team of fire service women made waves with their debut entry in the United Kingdom Firefighters Sailing Challenge (UKFSC). HFRS Magenta placed first out of all fire service boats, second overall and first Hampshire boat for the race passage…

Hampshire’s first female assistant fire chief aims to be role model

Hampshire’s first female fire chief says she feels privileged to be blazing a trail for women in the service and will strive to be a role model for the firefighters of tomorrow. The former head of Knowledge Management for Hampshire…

Firefighters brave freezing conditions in extreme weather training

An elite team of Hampshire firefighters has been undergoing extreme weather training in Denmark where temperatures can drop as low as minus 16C. The nine-man group camped out in the unforgiving conditions and tackled disaster simulations involving earthquakes and tsunamis…

From runner with love: Firefighter runs 20 marathons in one year in tribute to late wife

A firefighter has completed 20 marathons in one year as an emotional tribute to his late wife – and raised more than £10,000 for charity. Steve Holder, from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, ran marathons across the UK as well…

£1m sprinkler system will help preserve the world’s most famous warship for generations

It is the most famous warship in the world and for years reigned supreme on the high seas, terrifying enemy fleets as it hoved into view. The 250-year-old vessel led the Royal Navy in battles during the Napoleonic Wars, the…

Plaudits go to long-serving firefighter at glitzy event

​​​The most long-serving operational firefighter in the country has been given a prestigious accolade and a standing ovation by his peers. Watch Manager Chas McGill took to the stage at the national Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards on Friday…

Hampshire fire officer picked for top London role

A fire chief who is taking on one of the top jobs in the country describes himself as “an accidental firefighter”. Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Assistant Chief Officer Steve Apter has been handpicked to be London Fire Brigade’s Interim…

Bad parking and bizarre driving sparks fire service campaign

A new campaign has been launched as fire chiefs say the number of incidents in which motorists hinder emergency service vehicles with erratic driving and poor parking is worse than ever before. The #INeedMySpace campaign from Hampshire Fire and Rescue…

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