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23rd June 2017

GFRS urge residents to check appliances following warning

After tragic events at Grenfell Tower in West London, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) is urging local people to take a few minutes to check their fridge freezers to improve their home safety.

A statement by Metropolitan Police Service identified a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire that started in the early hours of Wednesday 14th June.

The government have since stated that anyone that owns model of Hotpoint fridge freezer FF175BP (white) or FF175BG (grey), produced between 2006 and 2009, should call Whirlpool Corporation’s freephone hotline on 0800 316 3826 or visit www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer to register their details for further updates.

GFRS is encouraging residents to follow this guidance as soon as possible, to help keep themselves, their family and property safe from harm. They also suggest using the www.registermyappliance.org.ukwebsite to check your other white goods.

This website offers a sensible and simple precaution, and ensures that householders can be contacted swiftly if a safety repair is ever needed.

It was designed by The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMEDA) to make it quicker and easier for the public to register both new and older appliances. Even if someone buys a second hand appliance, they are still able to register their appliance with the company to receive safety messages.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “What happened at Grenfell Tower was truly tragic and our thoughts go out to all of those affected.

“Since then we have been reassuring residents in the county by carrying out building inspections around Gloucestershire. We will continue to work with residents and businesses in Gloucestershire to ensure our communities are as safe as they can possibly be and this includes checking your white goods.

“By following this advice and checking your white goods on the Government website, you can help to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It is really important that residents take not of this advice and check their fridge freezers.

“Sadly fires in the home can and do happen, as we have seen with the horrific events at Grenfell Tower.

“However, by registering any large appliances you have, you can help to reduces the risk of a fire in the home.”

People with concerns about product safety can also call the Citizens Advice consumer service line on 03454 04 05 06 or our helpline on 

0300 123 1016.

The Government website on product recalls, which will be updated should further action on the product be necessary, can be found at


If anyone has concerns or requires advice on any aspect of fire safety, please contact 01452 888777, or www.glosfire.gov.uk 

or email: fire@glosfire.gov.uk.

June 2017




This event is taking place on Sunday 2nd July at Fishers Meadow in School Lane Quedgeley starting at 1.00pm.

There will be displays in the arena and also with statics displaying the work of the Cadets and other Youth organisations and during the afternoon there will be a Drum Head Service at which a new Colour will be dedicated and presented to the Gloucestershire Constabulary. At the same time, the Colours of the Gloucestershire Ambulance Service and the Great Western Ambulance Service will be blessed prior to them being Laid Up in church for safe keeping. Both the Gloucestershire and Great Western Ambulance Service have been amalgamated into the South West Ambulance Service.

As well as the young people displaying, there will be other stands from the Emergency Services and ex Service Groups and hopefully a Flyover by both the Police and Ambulance Helicopter Support Teams. Police Dogs and Police Horses will be there (Operations allowing) as will the Fire Service, Guides, Scouts and much more. The event is planned to finish at about 4.00pm. A bid is in with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also to do a flyover.

Being organised by the rapidly growing Help if we Can Team, you are advised that there is no parking available on site but that cars can be parked at Severn Vale School from where a Parade is hopefully to take place to Fishers Meadow at about 1.00pm. This is a public event and there is an admission charge of £3 per person to help defray the costs.

Steve Smith


Five top tips to escape a fire safely

If there was a fire in your house tonight, would you know the best way to exit your property safely?

Are your hallways and back doors clear?

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Gloucestershire County Council adult social care team and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service (GFRS) are teaming up this dementia awareness week to encourage families to make sure they know how to safely exit their home in the event of a fire.

Below are five top tips from GFRS about to help you make sure you and your families can be prepared:


1. Think about how you’d all get out in case of a fire, making an escape plan and practising it will help ensure that everyone can get out, stay out and call 999

 2. Fit at least one smoke alarm on every level of your home so smoke can reach the alarms quicker giving you more warning time.

3. Test your smoke alarms monthly. Smoke alarms can save your life, but only if they work.

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4. Clear your escape routes. Make sure you’re able to escape without tripping over to ensure a speedy exit


5. Keep your door and window keys in a known and accessible place. Make sure everyone knows where the door and window keys are kept so they can reach them easily and get out quicker in case of a fire.

GFRS also provide a dementia pack to help vulnerable people, which include stickers and magnets to remind them to keep doorways clear or turn off the cooker to reduce the risk of a fire starting.

Safe and well visits are an easy and free way to get tips and equipment to make your home safe. Fire crews can give helpful tips about staying safe and discuss the best escape routes for households as well as fitting smoke alarms for free.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: "Our fire crews work hard to support people be safe, in and out of the home. By knowing how you would exit your home in the event of a fire, it could save your life in an emergency."

Cllr Kathy Williams, cabinet member for adult social care, said: "Having dementia can make it difficult to plan and rehearse escape routes. However, by making sure hallways are clear and that all safety precautions are taken can help lower the risks."

To arrange a free safe and well visit, please visit http://www.glosfire.gov.uk/your_safety.html

or phone 0800 180 41 40.


Three Counties Henson Pig Trail

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Marketing Gloucester are proud to announce The Royal Three Counties Show as the headline sponsor of an exciting new sculpture trail for Gloucestershire. The Royal Three Counties Show Gloucestershire Old Spots Trail Starring ‘Henson Pig’

The Royal Three Counties Show Gloucestershire Old Spots Trail

Starring ‘Henson Pig’ highlighted other ancient livestock breeds synonymous with Gloucestershire, the Gloucester Cattle and the Cotswold Lion sheep.

The Gloucestershire Old Spots was the first pig to ever be given pedigree status. Known as the ‘orchard pig’, the Gloucestershire Old Spots originates from the Severn Valley pig’ where they foraged on wind fallen apples and whey bi-products of two of the

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county’s most famous exports, cider and cheese. It was championed along  with other rare breeds, by Joe Henson MBE, at Cotswold

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Farm Park when it  opened in 1971. His son, Adam, took over the running of the park in 1999 and is a presenter on the BBC’s Countryfile. It is in Joe and Adam’s honour that the pig is named ‘Henson’.

The partnership between the Royal Three Counties Show and Marketing Gloucester will encourage a deeper understanding of Gloucestershire’s rural heritage, promoting cultural tourism around the county, whilst providing

opportunities for the two organisations to raise money for their preferred charities.

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Don’t set off for a

summer BBQ

without reading this…

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Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, police and county council road safety team are asking drivers and riders to ‘choose zero alcohol’ this summer.

Even if you’re under the limit, you’re at risk when you drink and drive. In the past five years, more than 300 drivers have been killed or injured in alcohol-related collisions in Gloucestershire, 92 of these incidents were in 2016. To reduce future incidents, the message is clear: even if you’re under the legal limit, the increased risk makes it dangerous to get behind the wheel, as any amount of alcohol will impair your driving or riding.


Although the legal limit is 80 mg of blood alcohol, drivers with 50mg are up to six times more likely to be involved in a fatal collision, so choosing zero is clearly the best policy.


Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for road safety, said "Most drivers know that drinking or drug driving is a serious offence and that the risks and penalties are high. Some people can even quote the legal limit – but it’s sadly a minority who know how many drinks can reach the limit, how many drinks are ‘safe’ and how long it takes for alcohol to leave the system. This campaign that I am pleased to launch removes all doubt. Choosing zero alcohol will keep drivers safe and legal and avoid the misery that follows collisions and conviction."


Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service said "I welcome the behaviour of the majority of drivers who don’t drink any alcohol before driving. I urge the minority who are still prepared to take the risk to think again: enjoy the summer, enjoy socialising and choose zero alcohol and drugs if you are driving. Let me be absolutely clear, there are no grey areas with this offence. Even if you’re just over the limit, you’re still a drunk driver in the eyes of the law. You will be arrested and face the penalty. Any amount of alcohol will impair your ability to ability to drive or ride safely, so avoid gambling about the limit, and avoid being involved in a drink drive crash


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Found Safe 

& well 

12th June 2017

Top tip: read this before planning a trip to Hempsted Household Recycling Centre 

Hempsted Household Recycling Centre will close for 5 days this month for the final stage of traffic improvement work. 

The upgrade will reduce queues at the Gloucester-based site, which is the busiest in the county and deals with over 16,000 tonnes of recycling and waste per year. 

It will be closed from 19 – 23 June so that this work can go ahead. To minimise disruption the closure won’t affect weekend users.

Changes include extending the upper road area and creating a multiple-lane traffic system to improve travel around the site. As well as reducing queuing time to make life easier, it also means there’s potential for a reuse shop to be added.

Alternative facilities are available at Fosse Cross, Wingmoor Farm, Oak Quarry and Pyke Quarry. However residents may prefer to plan their visit before or after the closure dates to avoid potential queues at other sites.

The full list of household recycling centres is available at www.recycleforgloucestershire.com 

Cllr Ray Theodoulou, cabinet member for finance and change, said: “This is the busiest household recycling centre in Gloucestershire, and demand is increasing. The upgrade is a sign of good progress being made towards more recycling and a cleaner county, as well as making life easier for residents.”

Cllr Pam Tracey, county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate said: “The Hempsted recycling and waste centre provides an important service to residents in the city and beyond, and these improvements will make life easier for everyone.”

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