Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.jpg
"passionate about changing and saving lives"
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County  Wiltshire and  Dorset
Address Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR
Agency overview
Established 1 April 2016 (1 April 2016)
Annual budget £54.8 million (2016)
Fire chief Ben Ansell
Facilities and equipment
Stations 50
Website
Official website

Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is an statutory emergency fire and rescue service covering the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon, and Wiltshire.[1]

The service was created on 1 April 2016 by the merger of the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and the Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.[1] Its headquarters is at Salisbury, Wiltshire, some 10 miles (16 km) from the Dorset county boundary. The former headquarters at Poundbury, Dorset, and Potterne, Wiltshire, are retained as area offices;[2] emergency calls for the combined area have been answered by a control centre at Potterne since August 2015.[3]

Provision of the service is by the Dorset and Wiltshire Combined Fire Authority, created in April 2015, which has thirty elected members from all five constituent councils and is chaired by Dorset county councillor Rebecca Knox.[4]

In September 2016 Ben Ansell was appointed as the service's second Chief Fire Officer, succeeding Darran Gunter with effect from December 2016.[5]

Stations[edit]

Location Type Appliances
Amesbury Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines, Water/animal rescue
Beaminster On-call and co-responder One fire engine, 4×4 Land Rover pump, 4×4 Co-responding vehicle
Bere Regis On-call One fire engine, 4×4 Land Rover pump
Blandford On Call One fire engine, one fire engine with heavy rescue capability, 4×4 Land Rover pump
Bradford-On-Avon On-call and co-responder One fire engine
Bridport On-call One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road, wading team and CAFS capability), Water carrier, Mass decontamination re-robe unit (national resilience appliance)
Calne On-call One fire engine
Charmouth On-call One fire engine, Fuel bowser
Chippenham Day crewed and on-call Two fire engines, Water/rope rescue, rescue boat
Christchurch Wholetime and on-call One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road, wading team and CAFS capability), Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU), High Volume Pump (national resilience appliance), 4×4 Land Rover pump, Water carrier
Corsham On-call Two fire engines
Cranborne On-call and co-responder One fire engine, 4x4 Land Rover pump
Cricklade On-call and co-responder One fire engine, Mass decontamination disrobe unit (national resilience appliance)
Devizes Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines, Incident command vehicle
Dorchester On-call One fire engine, one fire engine with heavy rescue capability
Ferndown Weekday crewed and on-call One fire engine, 4x4 Land Rover Pump, Welfare Unit
Gillingham On-call and co-responder One fire engine, Environmental Support Unit
Hamworthy On-call One fire engine, 4x4 Land Rover Pump, Command Support Unit
Ludgershall On-call and co-responder One fire engine,
Lyme Regis On-call and co-responder One fire engine, 4x4 Co-responding vehicle
Maiden Newton On-call One fire engine, 4x4 Land Rover Pump, Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU)
Malmesbury On-call and co-responder One fire engine
Marlborough Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines
Melksham On-call One fire engine
Mere On-call and co-responder One fire engine
Pewsey On-call One fire engine, Water carrier
Poole Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, one fire engine (with off road and CAFS capability), Water carrier, Incident Support Unit, Animal Rescue, Water/rope rescue, Mass decontamination disrobe unit (national resilience appliance)
Portland On-call Two fire engines
Ramsbury On-call and co-responder One fire engine, Water carrier
Redhill Park Wholetime One fire engine
Royal Wootton Bassett On-call and co-responder One fire engine, Water carrier
Salisbury Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, Aerial appliance, Operational support unit
Shaftesbury On-call One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road and CAFS capability)
Sherborne On-call Two fire engines
Springbourne Wholetime One fire engine, British Red Cross emergency response unit
Stratton Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, Incident command vehicle, Specialist water and animal rescue
Sturminster Newton On-call One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road, wading team and CAFS capability)
Swanage On-call and co-responder One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road and CAFS capability), 4×4 Land Rover pump
Swindon Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, Aerial appliance, Operational support unit, British Red Cross emergency response unit
Tisbury On-call and co-responder One fire engine
Trowbridge Day crewed and on-call Two fire engines, Heavy rescue unit, Specialist water and rope rescue
Verwood On-call One fire engine, 4×4 Land Rover pump
Wareham On-call Two fire engines, Unimog 4×4 water/foam carrier
Warminster On-call Two fire engines, Mass decontamination rerobe unit (national resilience appliance)
Westbourne Wholetime One fire engine, Aerial ladder platform
Westbury On-call One fire engine, 4x4 Land Rover pump
Westlea, Swindon Day crewed One fire engine, Incident Response Unit (national resilience appliance)
Weymouth Wholetime One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road and CAFS capability), Aerial ladder platform, Water/rope rescue
Wilton On-call One fire engine, water carrier
Wimborne On-call One fire engine, one fire engine (with off road and CAFS capability), 4×4 Land Rover pump

Other facilities[edit]

  • Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Salisbury
  • Devizes Training Centre
  • West Moors Training Centre
  • Dorchester Workshops
  • Melksham Workshops

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About Us". dwfire.org.uk. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Alison (30 March 2016). "Wiltshire Fire Service flag lowered for last time". Wiltshire Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Moore, Joanne (9 September 2015). "New joint control centre for Wiltshire and Dorset fire services opens". Swindon Advertiser. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Kemble, Elizabeth (2 April 2016). "New chairman is elected for combined fire authority". Salisbury Journal. Retrieved 26 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Moore, Joanne (15 September 2016). "Service names new fire chief". Gazette and Herald. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 

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