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Smoke alarms save lives, test yours when the clocks change

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Smoke is responsible for over half of accidental house fire deaths which is why Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is backing a campaign to get residents to test their smoke alarms when the clocks go back this weekend.

Smoke is known as the silent killer but a working smoke alarm can give people the wake-up call they need to escape. In the majority of fire deaths in the home there are either no smoke alarms in place or they did not go off, with a common cause being missing or flat batteries.

GFRS is supporting the national Fire Kills campaign to remind people that a simple push of the alarm test button will test both the power supply and the detection mechanism.

Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for fire and rescue, councillor Will Windsor Clive said: “You are at least four times more likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm, so taking the time to test the smoke alarms in your home could be a truly life saving decision.

“The clock change weekend can be a great reminder to test your smoke alarms so over the weekend of 25-26 October why not test yours when changing the clocks.”

GFRS Chief Fire Officer Stewart Edgar said: “The prevention of fires and protection of people in our community is our service’s top priority and we carried out 3,635 home safety visits and fitted 4,992 smoke alarms in the past year.

“You will walk past your smoke alarm countless times every day and we just ask that you spend a few seconds checking its working when you change the clocks this weekend.

“Half of the people who died in fires in the home last year were 65 years old or over. So as well as testing your own alarms please help older people by checking theirs.”

GFRS firefighter Paul Barrett provided a free home safety visit to Mrs Blowing, 77, of Cirencester after a leaflet drop offering the service.

She said: “I did have an old smoke alarm but I have to admit I hadn’t checked if it worked; now I know to check my new one regularly. I learnt a lot about fire risks and hazards.”

Jerry Evans, 76, of Meysey Hampton was also visited by Paul. He said: “We had much better smoke alarms fitted and they were very professional about their advice. “I think any old age pensioner should have these checks as it was a real eye-opener.”

To pledge to the campaign after doing your alarm test visit the Fire Kills facebook page or If you know someone that may be vulnerable or at risk of a fire you can call 0800 180 4140 or email to arrange a free home safety check.

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Safe Summer Day pulls huge crowd despite rain

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Torrential rain and thunderstorms couldn’t dampen the spirit of over 1,000 enthusiastic residents who turned up for Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s first ever Safe Summer Fun Day on Saturday July 19th.

Fire truck demonstrations, a robot treasure hunt and a chance to tour the newest safety centre in the country is just a sample of what was enjoyed by the record number of people for an open day.

Firefighter house rescue.

Firefighter house rescue.

Working together with safety centre, SkillZONE and Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership the flagship event for the fire service this year offered a chance for local residents to visit Gloucester South Fire Station and experience SkillZONE.

The free family event promoted the underlying theme of having a safe summer holiday and was also packed full of great kid’s activities in the KidZONE such as face painting, games and coloring.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Geoff Sallis says: “We were overwhelmed by the great crowd of local people who came to our event despite the rain. Along with enjoying all the activities on offer we hope that residents took on board the summer safety advice for a happy holiday.”

“A big thank-you to all that supported this year’s Safe Summer Fun Day whether they were stall holders or our partners such as the Police, Ambulance, British Red Cross and the RNLI.”

Nathan Timbrell, with 2 year old Shay meeting PCSO Tracy Wren and Colin the Crocodile Copper.

Nathan Timbrell, with 2 year old Shay meeting PCSO Tracy Wren and Colin the Crocodile Copper.

Longlevens resident Vanessa Rose says; “I’ve been to lots of fire station open days and this was the best yet. There was lots of interaction and it exceeded my expectations. The kids loved it.”

Phillip Marshall of Linden added; “Everything seen today reinforced good safety messages for the kids. If you tell them as parents they don’t listen but learning from the people here at SkillZONE really brings it home. It’s been awesome.”

Hundreds of visitors took up the chance to try out SkillZONE’s innovative safety village and 130 children were given out goodie bags for completing the robot treasure hunt.

Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership provided The Bike hub with Gloucester Bike Project offering free safety checks and tune ups, a pedal powered smoothie maker and 7-11 year old children took part in the off-road bike handling skills activity. Go karts were also run by Cirkitz International and Kwik Fit, giving users a chance to find out how dangerous it is to drive under the influence by wearing special beer goggles.

In the afternoon fire truck demonstrations kept crowds entertained and dancers from Linda Virgoe Dance Academy performed their modern, jazz and ballet routine.

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Summer safety tips for families

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service and its safety centre SkillZONE are providing summer safety advice for families.

10,000 leaflets are being delivered around the Tuffley based safety centre and station ahead of its free Safe Summer Fun Day on Saturday July 19th 2014, 10:30am – 4:30pm.

These are being posted to invite residents to the Fire Station open day and to SkillZONE, both found on Tuffley Lane, Gloucester, GL4 0AS as well as to offer the  tips below:

Home Safety

  • Always have a working smoke alarm on every level of your home and test regularly
  • Be prepared by making a plan of escape
  • Make a bedtime check including close doors and unplug electrical appliances



  • Be prepared and plan your journey
  • Make sure your vehicle is safe, legal and roadworthy
  • Ensure that you are fit and safe to drive



  • Having a working smoke alarm in a caravan is just as important as having one in your home
  • Avoid open fires in the countryside, only use designated safe areas
  • Never use candles in a caravan or tent


Free home safety checks are available by calling 0800 180 4140.

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Safety at the heart of family fun day

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Fire truck demonstrations, go karts and a chance to tour the newest safety centre in the country is just a taste of what Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service’s Safe Summer Fun Day will offer on Saturday July 19th from 10:30am – 4pm at Gloucester South Fire Station on Tuffley Road, Gloucester GL4 0AS.

Bringing together all aspects of safety, this free event for all the family will be held inside and outside the fire station and at its neighbouring safety education centre, SkillZONE.

The day will be packed full of great kids activities such as face painting but it will also promote the underlying theme of having a safe summer holiday.

Visitors will get a chance to try out SkillZONE’s innovative safety village and children will be able to take part in a safety treasure hunt with the centre’s Staysafeatron robots.

Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership will also host a mini Level 1 Bikeability session and go karts for people to find out how dangerous it is to drive drunk by wearing special ‘beer goggles’ which simulate what it feels like to be under the influence.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar says “Put Saturday July 19th in your diary as we are planning a wonderful day with lots of exciting things happening to keep you entertained along with good food and refreshments.”

“As well as providing a community open day to both our facilities this is going to be the flagship event for safety this summer and is not to be missed.”

Other partners such as the Police, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, RNLI, British Red Cross and Bikesafe will also take part in the Safe Summer Fun Day. Different elements of safety will be focused on in the weeks leading up to the event with top safety tips offered to the public through social media which cover road safety, fire safety and water safety.

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Firefighters create realistic rescue scenario to mark Hoarding Awareness Week

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be marking the first ever UK Hoarding Awareness Week (19 to 25 May) through creating a realistic rescue situation at a mock hoarded property at SkillZONE, Gloucester at 3:30pm today, Tuesday 20th May.

In the last financial year three out of five fire-related deaths in the county involved hoarding. Hoarding is therefore an important issue to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in terms of the fire risk it has on: hoarders, their families, nearby residents and the firefighters who rescue them.

This afternoon a realistic rescue situation will be set up in the sitting room at SkillZONE’s house which has been specifically used to hoard possessions. Journalists are invited to be rescued so they can see how difficult it is to enter and escape these properties in the event of a fire.

Gloucestershire’s Chief Fire Officer, Stewart Edgar says; “Hoarding poses a very real danger to our local communities as the nature of fire in a hoarded house is highly unpredictable and spreads much quicker.”

“We want to use this week to raise awareness and understanding of hoarding so we can work with residents and agencies to highlight the fire hazards associated with hoarding and try to reduce those risks.”

UK Hoarding Awareness Week 2014 was devised by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) to increase understanding of issues relating to hoarding with the aim of making the community and firefighters safer.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service is calling on local residents to get in touch if they know someone who may be vulnerable and at risk of fire because of hoarding by emailing .

For more information on the CFOA organised week visit: and on twitter #UKHoardAware2014 is being used.

For advice and help with hoarding visit or

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