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Terrorism

TerrorismActs of terrorism in the UK are rare but sadly there is a likelihood that terrorists will try to attack us. Recent events around the world are a reminder of the threat we face. 

It is important that communities remain vigilant and aware of how to protect themselves if the need arises. Further advice and information can be found in this article.

Inquest highlights importance of working smoke alarms

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and RescueDorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reiterating the importance of working smoke alarms, after an inquest was told how two people died following a fire in Swindon last year.

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service support water safety week

Wiltshire WaterDorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) has joined a call by UK fire chiefs to raise awareness of the dangers of everyday activities near water after statistics show that nearly 50% of people who accidently drown in the UK never intended to enter the water.

 

More patients in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire to benefit from expert advice from pharmacists at their GP surgery

Pharmacy signMore patients in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire will soon be able to benefit from expert advice from a clinical pharmacist when they visit their GP surgery, thanks to the expansion of a national scheme to support a growing number of clinical pharmacists to help with patients’ routine medication and treatment.

 

The Emergency Services Show is back with new venue!

Emergency kitAfter a year’s break, the Emergency Services Show is back for 2017 – and it has a new home!

The Show will be held in six months’ time, on Sunday 3 September at Cotswold Airport, just ten minutes north of the old showground at Hullavington.

 

Army and Environment Agency conduct Flood Barrier Training in Wiltshire

Flood barrier trainingWiltshire based soldiers from 5th Battalion The Rifles and The King’s Royal Hussars undertook flood defence training provided by the Environment Agency today, Wednesday 29 November. The exercise, called WESSEX TEAL, was conducted to ensure that troops are fully conversant in the design and construction of the latest flood defence barriers.

Get Ready for Winter

Get ready for winterWinter is nearly upon us and the LRF is keen that all communities are as prepared as possible in the event of bad weather. 

Local agencies have been working together in the months preceeding winter to prepare for bad weather associated with the winter months. There are plans in place for organisations to work together in the event of a sever weather incident. 

 

Councils prepare for the onset of winter

Wiltshire winterWe perhaps all take for granted that during bad weather our roads and pavements will be gritted. This does not happen by chance and involves months of maticulous planning by both Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council. It is difficult to accurately provide a long-term weather forecast so it is important that we are as prepared as we can be for the onset of winter. Both Councils are key members of the LRF and work in close collaboration with colleagues in partner agencies.

Floods Destroy. Be Prepared!

Floods destroy, be prepared1 in 6 properties in England is at risk of flooding and this is only going to increase with a changing climate. Many people think that flooding will never happen to them. The fact is – it could! We experienced widespread flooding across Wiltshire during the Winter of 2013/14. 

 

Seasonal Flu

Health professionals in Wiltshire and Swindon are encouraging people to get the flu vaccine before winter sets in.

Flu is highly contagious, can lead to serious complications for those in high-risk groups and, in extreme cases, can prove fatal.

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