People urged to sign up to free insulation scheme

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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HUNDREDS of homes in Gosport have signed up to a council-backed insulation scheme.

Nearly 200 houses have signed up to the Insulate Hampshire scheme, which offers free loft and cavity wall insulation.

Gosport Borough Council says so far the scheme has saved those residents £27,000 in fuel bills.

It is being run by Hampshire County Council and other district councils in the region.

The scheme comes to an end on September 30 and people are being urged to get their applications in before then.

For more details call 0800 952 0037 or apply online at