Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
"passionate about changing and saving lives"
Operational area
CountyDorset and Wiltshire
AddressFive Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, SP1 3NR
Agency overview
Established1 April 2016 (1 April 2016)
Annual budget£54.8 million (2016)
Fire chiefBen Ansell
Facilities and equipment

The service was created on 1 April 2016 by the merger of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service and 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 & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority, which has 18 elected members from all four 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]

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