Hampshire firefighters put their full range of skills to use on a busy night across the county last night (October 10-11).
Control room operators sent crews to all parts of the county to deal with a wide range of incidents, including fires, road traffic collisions, a partial building collapse and a rescue from mud.
In the north of Hampshire, crews from Hartley Wintney, Fleet, Rushmoor and Yateley were called to a large fire on Hazeley Heath just before 18:00. More than 20 firefighters extinguished the blaze, which damaged an area of heathland approximately the size of five football pitches.
Just after 18:00, crews from Hightown, Redbridge and Eastleigh extricated a female casualty from a car in a two-vehicle accident on the eastbound carriageway of the M27, between junctions five and seven. The casualty was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Fordingbridge firefighters were then called at 22:30 to assist with the partial collapse of a ceiling in Whitsbury, near Fordingbridge, which left a man with injuries to his arm and in need of hospital treatment.
Just after 01:00, 17 firefighters from Andover, Kingsclere, Eastleigh and Fareham rescued five people from mud after a vehicle left the road off Old Winton Road, Andover. The occupants of the vehicle were released and assisted to safety from the mud by the crews.
A man was also extricated from his car by crews from Ringwood, Burley and Redbridge after it collided with the central reservation on the A31 near Poulner Hill just before 02:30.
To round off the night, 16 firefighters from Botley, Hightown and Eastleigh, along with an animal rescue specialist, dealt with a fire off Brook Lane, Botley involving around 30 chickens. The chickens were helped to safety from the fire, which involved the wooden sheds they were housed in.
Crews were also called to deal with chimney fires in Hythe in the New Forest and Eversley on the Hampshire-Berkshire on the first chilly night of the winter.
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.
“Despite this being an extremely busy and challenging night for the Service, we were able to respond and assist the public quickly and safely right across the county.
“However, we would obviously prefer to prevent these types of incidents occurring in the first place. With winter now approaching, we would urge the public to take extra precautions, both at home and on the road.
“Information on staying safe this winter can be found on our website www.hantsfire.gov.uk and through our Facebook and Twitter channels.”