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Cycling fire crews scheme expands

Gary Elston, community and liaison officer
Firefighters look for fire risks like an abandoned carbon dioxide cylinder

A scheme in which firefighters cycle around parts of Hampshire looking for potential fire hazards is to be rolled out in new areas of the county.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters will now patrol Fareham and Gosport as part the community safety initiative, a spokesman said.

When one of them sees a fire risk such as an abandoned cylinder, the council is informed and it is later removed.

The recently established scheme is aimed at preventing incidents.

On Thursday, community and liaison officer for Fareham and Gosport, Gary Elston discovered an abandoned carbon dioxide cylinder while cycling around Gosport.

He said: "Although carbon dioxide will not burn, if you put it on a fire it will explode."

The scheme is already under way in Romsey and Test Valley area, Waterlooville and Havant.

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