RRT OFFER FURTHER SUPPORT AS THATCH FIRE ISSUES CONTINUE
As the long winter drags on and the log burners continue to burn, so the risk of thatch fires continues to increase. Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service experienced an unprecedented number of thatch fires in a very busy two week period from the end of March into early April. Ready to help at a moment’s notice, and at any time day or night is the local Rapid Relief Team and a recent challenge for the Andover based charity team was in Upton on Sunday 7th April.
This was the Andover RRT teams second outing to support the local fire brigade in 4 days as they provided refreshements to crews from Andover, Whitchurch, Hungerford, Ludgershall, Newbury, Overton, Penton Mewsey, Romsey, Winchester and Eastleigh. The RRT support team arrived on site at 8.30pm and left shortly after midnight as the heavy brigade presence started to reduce.
All of the thatch was destroyed by the fire, while the first floor was damaged by smoke, fire and water and the ground floor was damaged by smoke and water.
Said one very grateful crew member “The feedback I have received from the fire fighters has been extremely positive and we are grateful for the service that you and your colleagues from The Brethren have provided. To have a happy smiling face offering hot drinks, snacks and refreshments, has made a huge difference to morale and the ability of our fire fighters to complete their work efficiently and safely”