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23rd June, 2022 - 8:24pm: Knightsdale Road, Weymouth - A crew from Weymouth station attended a c...Read more

23rd June, 2022 - 9:21pm: Limpley Stoke - Our crew from Trowbridge assisted Avon Fire & Resc...Read more

22nd June, 2022 - 3.01pm: At 3.01pm we received a call to a fire behind the Pavilion Theatre, We...Read more

22nd June, 2022 - 2.43pm: At 2.43pm we received a call to a fuel leak from a car outside the One...Read more

22nd June, 2022 - 2.41pm: At 2.41pm we received a call to alarms operating in a residential prop...Read more

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22nd June, 2022 - 1.46pm: At 1.46pm we received a call to alarms activating in a school in The S...Read more

22nd June, 2022 - 1.33pm: At 1.33pm we received a call to a cow stuck in the river near Beaconsf...Read more

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Boat safety

Boat safety is a priority in Dorset and Wiltshire, as hundreds of people live and work on our waterways, in addition to the thousands of visitors who come each year to enjoy a peaceful holiday in our seaside towns or aboard a narrowboat.

The dangers

In the past 20 years, national figures show that more than 60 boaters have been killed as a result of a boat fire or carbon monoxide incident. CO poisoning is most likely to be caused by the exhaust emissions of portable generators, or problems with solid fuel stoves including flue pipes. Click here for a useful advice leaflet.

Although boat fires on inland waters are less common than fires on land, when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences. Boats are often in remote locations with difficult access, which may result in firefighters taking longer to arrive at an incident and allowing a fire to totally destroy a boat and everything on-board.

Top tips

Free safety advice

People who live and work on the Kennet & Avon Canal can access free boat safety packs. These can be collected from wharfs and marinas along the canal, by calling 0800 038 2323, or visiting one of the following fire stations:

Our Safe & Well visits also include people who live on boats – click here to request a visit.

See also:

The Fire Kills campaign has produced a handy leaflet on Boat Safety

For further information about general boat fire and CO safety, visit www.boatsafetyscheme.org/stay-safe

For broader safety advice, visit the Maritime & Coastguard Agency website www.gov.uk/government/organisations/maritime-and-coastguard-agency and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution www.rnli.org

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