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23rd August, 2017 - 11.46pm: Swindon- Crews from Swindon and Stratton attended alarms on Brookdene,...Read more

23rd August, 2017 - 11.40pm: Poole- Two crews from Poole attended a fire on Rockley road, Poole. Th...Read more

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23rd August, 2017 - 00.54am: Crew from Chippenham extinguished a shed fire on an allotment using on...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 9.20pm: Crew from Blandford extinguished a fire involving a small quantity of ...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 9.11pm: Crew from Maiden Newton mobilised to a fire in the open which on atten...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 8.14pm: Crew from Marlborough attended a chimney fire in a domestic property o...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 1.04pm: Brinkworth- A crew from Royal Wootton Bassett were mobilsed to alarms ...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 10:37am: Bournemouth crews attended a property in Holdenhurst Road. The fire wa...Read more

22nd August, 2017 - 9.00am: Sherborne- Two crews from Sherborne attended a small domestic fire on ...Read more

What we spend

It is a requirement for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Authority to set a level of revenue budget and council tax before the start of the forthcoming financial year.

At its budget setting meeting on 9 February 2017, the Authority approved a total net budget requirement of £53.735m to run Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service for the year 2017/18:

2017-18   2016-17  
Pay £39.4m 70% £39.7m 69%
Pensions £1.3m 2% £1.3m 2%
Other employee costs £1.6m 3% £1.4m 3%
Premises £3.0m 5% £2.9m 5%
Transport £1.6m 3% £1.7m 3%
Supplies and services £4.4m 8% £4.8m 8%
Agency and contracted out services £2.4m 4% £2.2m 4%
Capital financing/other £2.9m 5% £3.2m 6%
Spending on services £56.6m 100% £57.2m 100%
Income/Reserves -£2.9m -£2.4m
Amount to be financed £53.7m £54.8m

This is funded as shown below:

Fire precepts £38.0m 71% £37.2m 68%
Revenue Support Grant £5.9m 11% £8.0m 14%
Business Rates/Top-up Grant £9.8m 18% £9.6m 18%
Total financing £53.7m 100% £54.8m 100%

How our budget requirement has changed:

£’000
Budget Requirement in 2016/17 54.815m
One off items in 2016/17 budget -2.883m
Pay and price inflation 0.756m
One off transitional costs 0.968m
Efficiency plan savings -0.379m
Apprenticeship levy 0.150m
Business rates 0.136m
Other changes 0.172m
Budget Requirement in 2017/18 53.735m

Fire precept bands

Residents pay for their Fire & Rescue Service as part of their council tax bill, and the fire precept element of the bill for a Band D property in 2017/18 is as follows:

Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
£47.06 £54.90 £62.75 £70.59 £86.28 £101.96 £117.65 £141.18

Spending on major capital projects

The Authority’s programme for 2017/18 totals £11.2m. £3.3m of the programme is supported by funding from the Transformation Fund and matched funding from the Authority, and is being used to support the combination and help build a new Safety Centre in the Wiltshire area. Other expenditure includes £1.4m on improvements to fire stations and other buildings, £5.2m for replacement vehicles and associated equipment and £1.3m for new or replacement equipment and Information systems.

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