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Get Ready for Winter

Getting ready for WinterWinter is nearly upon us. The clocks have gone back, Halloween has been and gone, and people are beginning to turn their attention towards the festivities of Christmas.

Winter can see an increase in deaths, illnesses and accidents so it is important to be prepared.

Get the Flu Jab!

flu jabHealth professionals are encouraging those who need the flu vaccination to have it, to protect their own health and also to protect the health of their family, work colleagues and friends from the debilitating effects of the flu.

Local Councils ready for the onset of Winter

GrittersBoth Swindon and Wiltshire Councils have preparations in hand ready to face any severe weather this winter. Their meticulous preparations helped to mitigate the impacts of ‘The Beast from the East’ earlier this year, when both locations experienced heavy snowfall meaning that the areas were able to get back to business as usual pretty quickly.

A great day out with a an important message

The Emergency Services Show returned to the Cotswolds Airfield at Kemble for the second year on Sunday 16th September 2018.

This year the Show was blessed with better weather meaning that nearly 18,000 people attended throughout the day.

Use Water Wisely

use water wiselyWater is always a precious resource and everyone is encouraged to use it wisely, whatever the weather. Not only does this help to keep water bills down it also protects the environment. 

 

 

Wildfire Warning during Heatwave Conditions

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and RescueDorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to take care around heathland and open spaces during this warmer weather.

The hotter conditions being experienced means a heightened risk of wildfires across Wiltshire and Dorset.

 

Advice to Stay Safe in Hot Weather

SunThe current hot weather is something many people look forward to every year and go out and enjoy. But it’s worth remembering that sunny spells can pose health risks for some people. It’s important to protect yourself from too much sun or heat, to carry water when travelling and to think of those, such as young children, older people and pets, who may feel the heat more acutely than others.

 

Emergency Services Show - Sunday 16 September 2018

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The Emergency Services Show is back for a second year at its new Cotswold Airport, Kemble site, and is joining forces with the other emergency services to put on a great event for the public.  If you haven’t been before, it’s a fantastic day out for the whole family on Sunday 16th September 2018 from 10am to 4pm.

 

Preparing for Summer and Hot Weather - Heatwave Plan for England

The Heatwave and Summer preparedness programme of the Heatwave Plan for England was launched on Friday 1st June 2018 to raise both public and professional awareness of the health impacts of hot weather, including severe heat.

 

Climate change means more frequent flooding warns Environment Agency

Environment Agency logoIntense bouts of flooding are set to become more frequent, the Environment Agency has warned today (Friday 16 February).  The warning follows a pattern of severe flooding over the past 10 years linked to an increase in extreme weather events as the country’s climate changes. Met Office records show that since 1910 there have been 17 record breaking rainfall months or seasons – with 9 of them since 2000. As intense storms are becoming more frequent, sea levels are also rising because of climate change.

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.

Safety Campaign for Youth Launched

Run, hide, tell - counter terrorism PolicingCounter Terrorism Policing have enlisted the support of celebrities from entertainment and sport to launch their first-ever safety campaign aimed at children and teenagers.

TV star Bear Grylls and England footballer Jamie Vardy are among the leading stars supporting the first phase of a new initiative designed to teach 11-16 year olds how to react in the unlikely event they are caught in a gun or knife terror attack.

NHS England says patients with long term health conditions need a flu vaccine.

Have you had your flu jab ?NHS England is calling on people with long term health conditions to make sure they have the flu vaccine as soon as possible. Patients with asthma, diabetes, heart, liver, kidney or neurological disease are more at risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus than the general population.

Councils have preparations in place ahead of winter season

Winter in WiltshireBoth our local Councils have put plans in place ready for the coming Winter.

Swindon Borough Council is stocked up with twelve hundred tonnes of salt should freezing temperatures hit the Borough over the coming months.  Wiltshire Council is stocked up with 11,000 of salt this year. This year's supply is well over what was spread on the County's road's in 2016/17.

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. 

 

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. 

 

Warm & Safe Wiltshire Advice Service

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Would you be at risk during a power cut?

If so, you may be eligible for enrollment on to the  Priority Services Register.

 

First South West joint exercise with the fire service to test flood defence barriers

Fire engineFLOOD prevention experts will join forces with firefighters for an action-packed training exercise in Salisbury on Tuesday 5th December 2017.Environment Agency field operatives will roll out up to 120 metres of temporary defence barriers, in partnership with officers from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS).

 

Exercise Astral Bend

On Thursday 13th September 2017, local agencies including Wiltshire Police, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service and Wiltshire Council conducted a ‘live’ exercise with colleagues from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston called ‘Astral Bend’.   This was a full day and took place at MOD Lyneham, and was based around a simulated emergency during the air transport of Special Nuclear Material.

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.

 

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