Dorset Fire and Rescue Service

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Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
County  Dorset
Agency overview
Established 1941 (1941) – 2016 (2016)
Employees 826
Chief Fire Officer Darran Gunter
Facilities and equipment
Stations 26
Official website
A Scania built fire engine of the Dorset service.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service is the former statutory Fire and Rescue Service for the area of Dorset, South West England. The Service Headquarters were located in Colliton Park, Dorchester, but as of October 2008 moved to a new purpose built location in Poundbury.

With effect from April 2016, the fire services of Dorset and Wiltshire were merged into the Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.


Dorset County Fire Brigade was formed by mainly volunteer brigades, falling within the responsibility of Dorset County Council. Fire Brigades were nationalised during the Second World War and returned to the responsibility of County Councils on 1 April 1948. Between 1948 and 1974, Dorset Fire Brigade had eighteen part-time stations and three full-time stations, on 1 April 1974 the administrative area of Dorset County Council was increased to include Bournemouth and Christchurch (previously within the county of Hampshire)[1] and with it the area of the County Fire Brigade.

On 1 April 1997, as a result of local government reorganisation, two new Unitary Authorities were created in the county of Dorset: Bournemouth Borough and the Borough of Poole. Consequently, a new Combined Fire Authority (comprising the residual County Council, Bournemouth Council and Poole Council) became responsible for the service, which was renamed to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service.[2]

As part of the FiReControl project, Dorset Fire and Rescue's control room was planned to switch over to the regional control centre in Taunton. Originally scheduled to take place in March 2010, the cutover date was revised to July 2011,[3] however the plan was scrapped in December 2010.[4]

Fire Stations and appliances[edit]

Station Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
KT01 Lyme Regis Retained 1x WrL
KT02 Charmouth Retained 1x WrL
KT03 Bridport Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x WrC
KT04 Beaminster Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
KT05 Maiden Newton Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T, 1x BASU
KT06 Portland Retained 2x WrL
KT07 Weymouth Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x ALP, 2x TRU
KT08 Dorchester Retained 1x WrL, 1x ERP
KT09 Sherborne Retained 2x WrL
KT10 Sturminster Newton Retained 2x WrL
KT11 Gillingham Retained 1x WrL, 1x ESU
KT12 Shaftesbury Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P
KT13 Blandford Retained 1x WrL, 1x ERP, 1x L4T, 1x IRU
KT14 Bere Regis Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P
KT15 Wareham Retained 2x WrL, 1x H4WrC
KT16 Swanage Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x L4T
KT17 Hamworthy Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x CSU
KT18 Poole Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x TRU, 1x ARU, 1x ISU, 1x WrC
KT19 Wimborne Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x L4T
KT20 Cranborne Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T
KT21 Ferndown Day Crewed 1x WrL, 1x L4P, 1x WelfU
KT22 Redhill Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x L4P
KT23 Westbourne Wholetime 1x WrL, 1x ALP
KT24 Springbourne Wholetime 1x WrL
KT25 Verwood Retained 1x WrL, 1x L4T
KT26 Christchurch Wholetime/Retained 1x WrL, 1x H4P, 1x L4P, 1x BASU, 1x WrC

Fire Appliance glossary/callsigns[edit]

  • Water Ladder (WrL): P1/P2
  • Heavy 4x4 Pump (H4P): P4
  • Heavy 4x4 Water Carrier (H4WrC): P9
  • Enhanced Rescue Pump (ERP): R1
  • Light 4x4 Pump (L4P): M1
  • Light 4x4 Tender (L4T): M2
  • Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
  • Command Support Unit (CSU): C2
  • Environmental Support Unit (ESU): H1
  • Technical Rescue Unit (TRU): R2
  • Animal Rescue Unit (ARU): R3
  • Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU): S1
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): S1
  • Welfare Unit (WelfU): S4
  • Incident Response Unit (IRU): H9


Dorset Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with the South Western Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to selected areas of Dorset. Lyme Regis and Beaminster have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover, the aim of a co-responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an Ambulance. Co-Responder vehicles are equipped with:

  • Defibrillator
  • Bag and mask resuscitator
  • Oxygen
  • Airways suction units
  • Standard first aid equipment
  • Entonox (gas and air)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ History of the service-changes and merges Archived August 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "The Dorset Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1996". Statutory Instruments. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2009-04-09. 
  4. ^ "Control room scrapping 'will help Devon and Somerset". BBC News. 20 December 2010. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 

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