Two fire services to back each other

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FIRE services in Hampshire and West Sussex have agreed they can call upon each other for support in large-scale incidents and further protect both communities.

Under the agreement, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, are able to request vital support from each other during major incidents.

It will provide both services with additional capacity in terms of firefighting resources and strategic support in the event of serious emergencies.

John Bonney, chief officer for HFRS, said: ‘As one of our neighbours, we already work closely with our colleagues in West Sussex in protecting the communities on both sides of the border.

‘This agreement will allow us both services to provide further valuable assistance at times of the greatest strain on our resources.’

The agreement is due to last until July 2014.