We don't just put out fires and rescue cats from trees you know. We also play a key role in a number of other types of incidents that can occur in the county.
Who would you call if a chemical plant released a load of toxic gas or if a petrol tanker crashed on the motorway, releasing volatile fuel all over the road?
What if there was a terrorist attack involving chemical or biological weapons? What if there was a massive forest fire? - By carrying out 'Emergency Planning' we learn just what to do if disaster strikes.
The Fire & Rescue Service help in just these sorts of events.
We practice (with the Police, Ambulance and Military) the way we deal with all sorts of different events.
Mass decontamination equipment now forms a part of our kit (carried in specialist vehicles. This equipment allows us to clean and disinfect the public if they are exposed to chemicals or to biological weapons.
We carry special equipment to help us deal with heath and woodland fires also.
Any fire involving grass, bushes, trees, gorse, undergrowth and farm crops. This type of fire is particularly common in areas of countryside such as The New Forest, and some of the large parks in forest areas in the north of the county, but will also occur in city parks and common areas. We also receive many calls to railway banks.
What are the main causes of these fires?
Generally, these fires are caused by people either unintentionally or wilfully setting fire to elements of the countryside. This may be due to carelessly discarded cigarettes or smoking materials, uncontrolled bonfires and barbecues or children deliberately setting fires during the school holidays, etc. Electric arcing from the large areas of railway network is also a common cause. Everyone can help by taking extra care during the dry summer months.
Arson is a crime. Setting fire to heath and woodland is dangerous and risks lives.