Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service Logo.png
Operational area
Country England
County Hampshire
AddressEastleigh, SO50
Agency overview
Chief Fire OfficerNeil Odin
EMS levelbasic life support
Facilities and equipment
Stations51
Engines72
Platforms3
Rescues6 (3 rescues 1 water rescue 2 animal rescue)
Tenders7
HAZMAT1
USAR8
Wildland19
Website
Official website

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is the statutory fire and rescue service for the county of Hampshire, on the south coast of England. The service's chief fire officer is Neil Odin.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Service was formed on 4 April 1948 as a result of the Fire Services Act 1947.

Previously all local authorities were duty-bound to make provision for firefighting under the Fire Brigades Act 1938. Many meetings and discussions were held prior to the service's creation in 1948 by the Hampshire fire service committees, to discuss who would be appointed the role of chief fire officer and how the service would be structured.

With ongoing expansion, the service was under increasing pressure to open a service HQ. The FRS was originally hoping to use and acquire North Hill House in Winchester for usage as the headquarters — a building still desired by the Admiralty at the time and therefore the service was not allowed to buy it. In May 1948; the admiralty gave up the premises and allowed the service to operate it. However twenty years later in 1968, the service HQ moved to a floor of Ashburton Court, The Castle, Winchester as well as the control room.

In 1997, Hampshire County Council lost control of the FRS, transferring responsibility to the newly formed Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.[3]

HFRS are now headquartered in Eastleigh. Since late 2015, it has shared its headquarters with Hampshire Constabulary.[4]

Fire Stations/Appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
H01 Basingstoke Wholetime/Retained 2x RP, 1x IC, 1x RSV, 1x ALP, 1x SFV, 1x CSU
H02 Rushmoor Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x FRC, 1x WrT, 1x L4T, 1x WU, 1x CSU, 1x FESS
H03 Bordon Retained 1x WrT, 1x WrC, 1x H4T, 1x CRV
H04 Fleet Retained 1x WrT, 1x WrC
H05 Alton Retained 1x RP, 1x WrT, 1x L4T, 1x EPU
H06 Whitchurch Retained 1x IC
H07 Grayshott Retained 1x WrT
H08 Hartley Wintney Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x CRV
H09 Kingsclere Retained 1x FRC
H10 Odiham Retained 1x WrL
H11 Overton Retained 1x WrT
H12 Tadley Retained 1x WrL
H13 Liphook Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x CRV (shared with Grayshott)
H14 Yateley Retained 1x WrT
H16 Havant Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x L4T
H17 Fareham Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x L4T, 1x WRU
H18 Gosport Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x MISU
H19 Waterlooville Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT,
H21 Hayling Island Retained 1x RP, 1x WrT
H22 Wickham Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV
H23 Cosham Wholetime 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x RSV
H24 Southsea Wholetime 1x RP, 1x IC, 1x WrT, 1x ALP
H25 Horndean Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRV (shared with Waterlooville)
H26 Emsworth Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRV
H28 Portchester Retained 1x WrT, 1x CSU, 1x CRV
H29 Petersfield Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x CRV
H30 Winchester Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrT, 1x DIM, 1x ARU
H31 Andover Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x WrC, 1x L4P, 1x CRV
H32 Eastleigh Specialist/Technical Rescue Wholetime/Retained 1x RP, 1x WrT, 1x WrC, 1x L4P, 1x CSU, 1x SRU, 1x SDU, 5x PM, 5x USAR Pods, 2x FRU
H33 Romsey Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x EPU, 1x CRV
H34 Stockbridge Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x CRV
H35 Sutton Scotney Retained 1x WrT
H36 Alresford Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x CRV
H38 Botley Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRV
H40 Bishops Waltham Retained 1x WrL
H41 Droxford Retained 1x WrT
H42 HQ Wholetime 1x WrL (only available during HQ working hours), 1x ICU, 1x CSU, 1x FESS, 1x OSU
H43 Lymington Retained 1x RP, 1x WrL, 1x CRV
H44 Hythe Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x CRV (shared with Beaulieu and Hardley)
H45 Ringwood Retained 1x RP, 1x WrC, 1x L4P, 1x CRV
H46 Totton Retained 1x WrT
H47 Fordingbridge Retained 1x RP, 1x L4P, 1x WrC HVP
H48 Lyndhurst Retained 1x RP, 1x WU, 1x ARU
H49 Beaulieu Retained 1x WrT, 1x CSU
H50 Brockenhurst Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRV
H51 New Milton Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrT, 1x CRV
H52 Burley Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T
H53 Redbridge Wholetime 1x RP, 1x RSV
H54 St Mary's Wholetime 1x RP, 1x IC, 1x ALP, 1x SFV
H55 Hamble Retained 1x WrT, 1x CRV
H56 Hightown Wholetime 1x RP, 1x FRC, 1x PM+MDU
H58 Hardley Retained 1x RP, 1x L4P, 1x PM+HVP, 1x PM+HVHL

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • Water Tender Ladder (WrL): P1
  • Water Tender (WrT): P4
  • First Response Capability (FRC): P5
  • Rescue Pump (RP): P7/P8
  • Small Fires Vehicle (SFV): L1
  • Water Carrier (WrC): W1/W3
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
  • Incident Command Unit (ICU): C1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C2 (HQ)/C3
  • Environmental Protection Unit (EPU): E1
  • Light 4x4 Pump (L4P): M1
  • Light 4x4 Tender (L4T): M2
  • Heavy 4x4 Tender (H4T): M3
  • Wildfire Unit (WU): M4
  • Response Support Vehicle (RSV): R1
  • Water Rescue Unit (WRU): R2
  • Animal Rescue Unit (ARU): R3
  • Maritime Incident Support Unit (MISU)
  • Fire & Emergency Support Service unit (FESS): S5
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Pump (PM+HVP): T1
  • Prime Mover + High Volume Hose Layer (PM+HVHL): T2
  • Prime Mover + Foam Response Unit (PM+FRU): F1+F2
  • Co-Responder Vehicle (CRV): V1

CBRN Response:

  • Detection, Identification & Monitoring (DIM): H8
  • Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Unit (PM+MDU): H9

Urban Search & Rescue (USAR):

  • Search & Rescue Unit (SRU): R4
  • Search & Rescue Dog Unit (SDU): R9
  • Operational Support Unit (OSU): T1
  • Prime Mover (PM): T2/T3/T4/T5/T6

Pods:

  • Module 1 - Technical Search Equipment
  • Module 2 - Heavy Transport, Confined Space & Hot Cutting
  • Module 3 - Breaching & Breaking Equipment
  • Module 4 - Multi Purpose Vehicle
  • Module 5 - Shoring Operations

Co-Responder and Immediate Emergency Care[edit]

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the South Central Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to select areas of Hampshire. Currently, 21 areas have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. Annually, the service attends over 13,000 medical emergencies supporting the ambulance service. The aim of a co-responder is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance. Co-Responder Vehicles are single manned by a specially trained firefighter, who will take the vehicle to his or her workplace/home and will respond from there when alerted to an incident via pager. Each vehicle is equipped with:

  • Defibrillator
  • Bag and mask resuscitator
  • Oxygen
  • Airways
  • Suction units
  • Standard first aid equipment
  • Entonox (analgesic gas)

In addition to co-responding, the service has also rolled out the Immediate Emergency Care (IEC) program which has resulted in all front line fire appliances being equipped with more advanced medical equipment. This includes a defibrillator, Entonox and patient monitoring equipment. As of October 2016, all appliances and front line crews had received the IEC training and equipment.

Operations[edit]

Firefighting cover[edit]

HFRS provides fire cover according to a system of four risk categories which have traditionally been used across the UK, where every building is rated for its risk on a scale from "A" down to "D". The risk category determines the minimum number of appliances to be sent in a pre-determined mobilisation.

Category "A" includes areas with a high density of large buildings and/or population, such as offices or factories. Three fire engines are to arrive at "A" risks within eight minutes, the first two within five minutes.

Areas with a medium density of large buildings and/or population, such as multi-storey residential blocks, will generally be classified "B" risk. Two fire engines will be deployed, with one to arrive within five minutes and the second within eight minutes.

Category "C" covers lower density, suburban areas and detached properties. One fire engine should arrive at a "C" risk incident within ten minutes. More rural areas not covered by the first three categories will be considered "D" risk. One fire engine should arrive at "D" risks within 20 minutes

Mutual assistance[edit]

The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 gives the UK fire services the ability to call upon other services or fire authorities in what is known as mutual assistance.[5]

Hampshire Fire and Rescue gives mutual aid to the following services:

HFRS also mobilises to support airport firefighters at Southampton Airport

Control[edit]

HFRS have their own control, stationed in the HQ, they mobilise appliances for Hampshire and Isle of wight.

The service uses Networked Fire Services Partnership, so if need be, in spite of conditions, mobilise on behalf of Dorset & Wiltshire and Devon & Somerset FRS, and visa versa.[6]

Future[edit]

In 2015, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service carried out a risk review to determine how to reduce costs to match a £16m funding gap that would develop by 2020 due to funding cuts.[7] Following a public consultation in late 2015, the final proposals confirmed that none of the 51 fire stations in Hampshire would close and there would be no compulsory redundancies. Costs would be saved by reducing the number of operational firefighters at stations, including allowing some engines to respond to minor incidents with a smaller crew.[8]

The second major change was to introduce smaller engines at some stations. Until 2015, all Hampshire engines were a similar size and design.[9] The changes designated three types of fire engine: Enhanced Capability engines, which are similar in size to a traditional fire engine; Intermediate Capability appliances, which are slightly smaller; and First Response Capability appliances, which are much smaller.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chief Fire officer of FRS
  2. ^ Statutory FRS/area covered
  3. ^ History of the service (creation/major changes)
  4. ^ http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/incidents-news-and-events/news/2015/police-begin-groundbreaking-move-to-fire-headquarters/
  5. ^ Fire and Rescue Act 2004 Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Fire Control".
  7. ^ http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/about-us/a-safer-hampshire/the-challenge/
  8. ^ http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=8716
  9. ^ http://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/EasySiteWeb/GatewayLink.aspx?alId=8716