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Latest Incidents

26th March, 2019 - 11:06am: A crew from Chippenham Fire Station attended to a child locked in a ca...Read more

26th March, 2019 - 09:52am: Crews from Verwood and Blandford Fire Station as well as a technical r...Read more

25th March, 2019 - 23:05: 23:05 A crew from Swindon was mobilised to a small Fire involving a wh...Read more

25th March, 2019 - 13:49: Just before 2pm DWFRS received a call to Old Christchurch Road, Bourne...Read more

25th March, 2019 - 12:10: Just after mid-day DWFRS received a call from Dorset Police to a burnt...Read more

25th March, 2019 - 08:07: Springbourne Fire Station attended a fallen tree fire in Shelley Park ...Read more

24th March, 2019 - 21:53: One crew from Redhill Park attend a Carbon Monoxide alarm activation. ...Read more

24th March, 2019 - 21:43: One crew from Salisbury attend reports of smoke in the area with an un...Read more

24th March, 2019 - 18:40: One crew from Verwood attend a small fire involving woodland on Moorla...Read more

24th March, 2019 - 17:31: Crews from Wareham and Swanage attend a Domestic Fire in Corfe Castle....Read more

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 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.

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

Our Safe and Well visits 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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