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Wiltshire and Swindon Community Messaging launches in Wiltshire

Wilthshire and Swindon Community MessagingResidents in Wiltshire can now sign up to receive free messages - by text, email or voicemail – from their local Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) about police and crime matters in their area.


Busy training and exercising

Busy training One of the seven civil protection duties conferred on Category One Responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 is the requirement to plan for major incidents and emergencies. Part of this involves the need for multi-agency training and exercising.


Stay warm but safe this winter says Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue ServiceWITH Christmas just a couple of weeks away, Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a timely warning to local people to stay warm but safe as the colder weather takes hold. 


Wiltshire Air Ambulance makes history with new helicopter

Wiltshire air ambulanceWiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) made aviation history last month when the charity’s new helicopter flew into the county. The helicopter, a Bell 429, is the first to operate as an air ambulance in the UK. 


Exercise Exchange - a chance to examine our readiness for a telecommunications failure

Telephone keypadEveryone seems to run their lives around their mobile phone these days. We have become very reliant on such devices and telephone lines are critical in delivering services from mobile phones to computers and cash machines. But what if they fail?


Helping people protect against groundwater

More than 150 people from across Wilshire, Dorset, Avon and Hampshire attended a groundwater flood protection exhibition in Salisbury on 7th June.More than 150 people from across Wilshire, Dorset, Avon and Hampshire attended a groundwater flood protection exhibition in Salisbury on 7th June.


Improving Pollution Protection

Providing Environmental Protection Units to the Fire & Rescue Service


Winter Flooding 2013-14

Winter Flooding 2013-14What a winter it was – record breaking rainfall and storm surges certainly made sure that winter 2013-14 will go down in history. It was also a true test of joined-up forecasting, emergency response and subsequent recovery. 

Cleaning-up Safely Following Flooding

Clearing up after floodsPublic Health England (PHE) has produced guidance for the public on how to clean up their homes safely if they have been flooded. For more information about health and flooding go to the Public Health England Website


Flooding and Your Power Supply

Flooding and ElectricityWe all know that electricity and water don't mix. Follow this guide produced by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution so you and your family avoid danger.

Download Practical Advice on Flooding and Electricity (Your Power Supply)

Exercise Rush

LRF excercises its plans again, this time with MOD Corsham. 

Flood Action Campaign

During November 2013, the Environment Agency is carrying out a four week nationwide campaign. 


Exercise Red Kite

Testing local resilience in a major incident exercise. Over 250 people from 20 different agencies came together to test local resilience in the face of a disaster.

Emergency Services Show

Wiltshire & Swindon LRF was pleased to be displaying at this year’s Emergency Services Show held on Sunday 8th September. Despite a few rogue showers, approximately 15,000 members of the public made their way to Hullavington Airfield near Chippenham to see the work of the local emergency services at close hand.

Major Exercise held at Cotswold Water Park

Collision SimulationMajor Exercise held at Cotswold Water Park Wiltshire & Swindon LRF supported a major exercise held at the Cotswold Water Park in April to simulate a dramatic mid-air collision between two aircraft.


Kids Zone

Read the Susie the Childminder booksRead the Susie the Childminder books from our friends at Hampshire and Isle of Wight LRF and afterwards test your knowledge with the exercises.

Watch the informative Clear Plan Video from the Devon Cornwall and Isles of Scilly LRF 


Exceptional Award for Working in Partnership 2012

2013 AwardsThe work of colleagues from other organisations was rightly recognised when Wiltshire Council broke with tradition for the first time and presented the LRF (including non Council staff) with the Exceptional Award for Working in Partnership 2012.

Weather Statistics Update

Met OfficeThe Met Office has produced the following Weather Statistics Update for South West England and UK.


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