Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding a special event in Marlborough High Street on Friday, December 14, to focus on fire safety in the run-up to Christmas.

Local firefighters and community safety staff will be in the town centre between 9am and 3pm, meeting shoppers and making sure everyone is thinking about safety at home and on the roads.

Crews will also be visiting commercial premises in the town to ensure that fire exits aren’t blocked by festive stock, and that other regulations are being met.

Station manager Dave Geddes said: “As part of the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership’s Christmas campaign, we thought it would be good to spend some time meeting with as many local people as possible, so we can highlight some of the risks that cause us concern during the festive period.

“In addition, we are always looking for new on-call firefighters in Marlborough, so it is an opportunity for anyone interested in joining the service to come along and have a chat.

“We will be promoting home fire safety visits, making sure that people have working smoke alarms, and encouraging drivers to take extra care when out on the roads.

“We want everyone to have the best possible Christmas by staying safe wherever they are.”