Hampshire Fire Brigade Call on PBCC RRT
When one hundred fire fighters attended a blaze at a thatched cottage in the picturesque village of Ibthorpe, near Andover, central command at Hampshire Fire Brigade headquarters called on the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church Rapid Response Team to help with the welfare of their fire fighters.
The emergency services were called at 7pm on Thursday 21st to the two-storey thatched home. Crews attended from Andover, Whitchurch, Newbury, Sutton Scotney, Overton, Ludgershall, Stockbridge, Winchester, Amesbury, Eastleigh and Pewsey and were present for over seven hours.
The cottage roof was 50% damaged by the fire while the internal areas were 100 per cent damaged by smoke and water.
The PBCC RRT was asked to attend at 8.30pm and were in attendance until 2.30am on Friday 22nd. Fire fighters were fed with tea and coffee, biscuits and snacks, and hot pizza as they battled with the fire in a wind chill factor reported to be -7 degrees. All crews present were visibly very thankful for the services provided by the RRT. Said one crew member “where have you guys come from? We never get this sort of treatment”.
13 members of the Andover RRT worked throughout the night to deliver their services to the local brigade. The PBCC Rapid Response Team is set up nationally and is a free service offered to emergency services during prolonged incidents