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Wiltshires Voluntary Agencies involved in Emergency Response

VolunteersWe all know that in a fire, illness or crime event the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service or Police will respond, many people also know that imbedded between them are organisations like the Council, the NHS, Public Health England, the Environment Agency and many more. But did you know about the Voluntary Agencies role in incident response?


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.


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.

Power Cut - call 105

105 is a new three-digit number that people can call to report or get information about power cuts. You can also call 105 with any welfare concerns related to a power cut, or if you are worried about the safety of over or underground electricity cables or substations.

Exercise Manhattan

Exercise ManhattanOn Friday 7th October 2016, the Local Resilience Forum undertook the final exercise in their autumn trilogy of exercising aimed at responders being prepared to respond to a major incident or emergency. The overall purpose is to help keep the people of Wiltshire and Swindon safe.  Agencies attended MOD Corsham so that plans could be tested together in a multi-agency environment in response to a major incident scenario at the site.


Pop-up Command Centre

Comms vehicleIt’s like a scene from Star Trek. A bank of TV screens, a wall of computer servers and some portable hi-tech cameras – the new Wiltshire Police Mobile Command Centre is an impressive sight when you first step inside.


Exercise Ludo

Exercise LudoExercise Ludo was a multi-agency social media exercise developed by Wiltshire Police and Public Health England (Porton Down) utilising wnn and Twister news and social media sites. The exercise focussed on a chemical incident at a fictitious factory on the West Wiltshire Trading Estate in Westbury.

Response Pastors - more volunteers trained

Response Pastors – More volunteers trained!Street Pastors engage with people on the streets to care for them, listen to them and help them. They work together with other partners in the night-time economy to make communities safer.


Exercise Snowy Owl

Exercise Snowy OwlThe LRF has begun a busy schedule of exercises this autumn by taking part in Exercise Snowy Owl. Multi-agency exercising is aimed at responders being prepared and helping to keep the people of Wiltshire and Swindon safe.

Emergency Planning Society Award

EPS logoMembers’ of the Wiltshire and Swindon Local Resilience Forum (pictured) with the Emergency Planning Society’s (EPS) Regional Award for 2015.


Preparing Your Business For Flooding

Salisbury floods.In January, Salisbury Business Improvement District and Wiltshire Council, in conjunction with the Environment Agency, held a meeting to discuss how local businesses can prepare for a flooding event.


Countdown to new combined Fire & Rescue Service

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue.It is now less than three months until the new Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service comes into being. As of 1 April 2016, the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon and Wiltshire will be served by one combined Fire and Rescue Service with 50 fire stations.

Met Office UK Storm Centre

Met office storm centreRun by the Met Office, the UK Storm Centre provides weather information on named wind storms, which are expected to result in significant impacts in the UK and/or Ireland.


Red Cross First Aid App

If a friend or family member was having a heart attack or was choking, would you know how to help them?

Red Cross First Aid AppThe British Red Cross has developed a free app featuring simple, easy advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe winter weather to road traffic accidents.


Exercise Isambard

Exercise IsambardMembers of Wiltshire & Swindon LRF have been busy participating in several exercises recently. One of these was Exercise Isambard, which was designed to test a multi-agency response to an incident in Box Tunnel. Isambard is the first name of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer who designed and built the tunnel itself.


Wilton tests demountable defences

Members of Wilton Town Council and the Environment Agency tested the deployment of demountable defences for Crow Lane in Wilton on Wednesday 30 September. 

Many properties on Crow Lane and North Street were prevented from flooding in 2014 by the flood warden and Town Council constructing a twenty meter sandbag wall.

Emergency Services Show a fun day out with a serious message

IThe whole teamn its 10th anniversary year, the Emergency Services Show continues to draw large crowds of people from across Wiltshire, Swindon and much further afield too. More than ten thousand spectators made their way to Hullavington Airfield near Chippenham on Sunday 13th September to attend the Show despite a forecast for some early September inclement weather which, fortunately, didn’t materialise!

Local Councils prepare winter weather response for county's roads

Wiltshire Council grittersWiltshire and Swindon Councils have been stockpiling salt and servicing gritting vehicles as they prepare for the winter months on the county's roads.

Since the end of last winter, Wiltshire Council has serviced its 48 gritting vehicles, revised routes and developed working arrangements with parishes and other agencies.  Earlier this month Swindon Borough Council received a delivery of 1,000 tonnes of salt, bringing the total amount up to 2,800.

Hot tips for fire safety at work

It is important to remain vigilant and be able to identify any potential fire hazards in the workplace.

If you see a fire then you must activate the nearest fire alarm, call the fire service on 999, leave the building and make your way to the assembly point.

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