Recently, Ranil Jayawardena, M.P. met Dave Curry of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service once again - this time they met in Fleet, Hampshire.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue's recent plan has meant a review of the services provided across the county. The review could have led to a 'First Response Capability' vehicle being located in Fleet, being backed up by larger appliances elsewhere in North East Hampshire.
Though capable and with their own benefits, many residents felt a 'First Response' vehicle was not sufficient for a town the size of Fleet. After a number of helpful discussions between Ranil and Dave - and lobbying from Hart District Council too, Ranil is pleased that Fleet will join Odiham and Yateley in having an 'Intermediate Capability' vehicle with a crew of up to five firefighters.
These vehicles will be equipped with latest technology, including an ultra high pressure lance, they'll have additional rescue gear - and, significantly, they'll carry more water and longer ladders than the smaller 'First Response Capability' vehicle. Immediate emergency care equipment will also be located on board, as part of partnership working with South Central Ambulance Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Further, there will be 'Enhanced Capability' vehicles based in Hartley Wintney - and further afield in Basingstoke and Rushmoor - ensuring that major incidents have all the resources they need and our corner of Hampshire continues to be well served by our local 'Fire Brigade'.