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Latest Incidents

23rd July, 2019 - 06.18pm: Fire crews from Swindon and Stratton have attended a fire involving 2 ...Read more

23rd July, 2019 - 05.51pm: Crews from Chippenham (On-call) and Malmesbury have attended a Road Tr...Read more

23rd July, 2019 - 05.32pm: Fire crews from across Wiltshire have responded to a fire within a lar...Read more

23rd July, 2019 - 00:32: 2 crews from Poole alerted to alarms at a property on Stone Close, Poo...Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 21:55: One pump from Warminster mobilised to reports of a fire near Furnax La...Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 21:39: Crews from Springbourne, Westbourne, Redhill Park, Poole, Christchurch...Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 21:11: One pump from Pewsey mobilised to a vehicle fire following an RTC. On ...Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 18:55: 2 crews from Swindon attend RTC near to Cricklade Road, Swindon....Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 18:25: 2 crews from Frome attend a vehicle fire which had partially spread to...Read more

22nd July, 2019 - 18:21: One crew from Portland release a bird which was hanging by its beak in...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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