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26th January, 2021 - 6.16am: At 6.16am we received a call to alarms operating at a commercial prope...Read more

26th January, 2021 - 00.01am: At 00.01am we received a call to a fire in a domestic dwelling in Hill...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 11.18pm: At 11.18pm we received a call to a fire alarm at student accommodation...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 8.09pm: At 8.09pm we received a call to a domestic fire alarm activation in a ...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 13:24: Both Warminster appliances and one from Westbury attended an RTC on th...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 12:43: Ferndown were mobilised to investigate reports of smoke in general are...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 12:39: Hamworthy attended a residential alarm activation on Fitzworth Avenue,...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 10:44: Redhill attended a residential alarm activation at a premises on Fernl...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 10:25: Devizes have gained entry to a property to give South West Ambulance S...Read more

25th January, 2021 - 10:14: After a call from a vehicle owner with a ruptured fuel line, Springbou...Read more

Meet the Chief

Ben Ansell is Chief Fire Officer of Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Ben was born in Fareham, Hampshire and, at the age of 22, joined Dorset Fire Brigade in 1994. He served as an operational firefighter, Leading Firefighter and Sub Officer in the Bournemouth and Poole area and also at service training centre, becoming a Station Officer in 2002.

He then worked in operational planning, audit & review, response policy and area command teams.

During 2006, Ben was seconded to Her Majesty’s Fire Service Inspectorate as an Area Manager, where he led a team into seven fire and rescue authorities, as part of the Operational Assessment of Service Delivery inspection programme.

Upon his return to Dorset, he led Olympic planning, before becoming an Area Commander in 2009 and then in 2012 was promoted to Assistant Chief Fire Officer, with responsibility for prevention, protection and response in Dorset.

Following the decision to combine with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Ben was appointed as Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Director of Operations for the new Service.

He took up the role of Chief Fire Officer on 1 December 2016.

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