Formula 1 fire team aims to keep campers safe
Tue 1 Jul, 2014
Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service will be working alongside colleagues from Northamptonshire at this weekend’s Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The county boundary runs through the middle of the world-famous circuit, with buildings and campsites lying within Aylesbury Vale.
Fire officers have been attending a variety of meetings and site visits since the start of this year with council, police and NHS colleagues and other partner agencies.
Last month, in preparation for the Grand Prix weekend, officers took part in a multi-agency tabletop exercise at South Northamptonshire District Council's offices at Towcester.
The largest of the four campsites within Buckinghamshire which serve Silverstone will be home to 16,000 people during the event.
Firefighters from Red Watch at Buckingham Fire Station will be visiting the site to make sure people are aware of the associated hazards of outdoor living, including the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Community safety coordinator Alison Still said: "We need to remind people how important it is not to take a barbecue into an enclosed space, even if it is only smouldering or almost out, and to keep fire safety in mind at all times."