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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

Our history

Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service came into being on 1 April 2016, following a formal combination between the former Fire Authorities of Dorset and Wiltshire & Swindon.

Both county FRSs were originally formed in 1948, with the introduction of the Fire Service Act of 1947 that saw control of fire brigades being handed to local authorities, usually county councils.

In 1997, local government reorganisation created the new unitary authorities of Swindon Borough Council, Bournemouth Borough Council and the Borough of Poole. As a result, new Combined Fire Authorities were formed – Wiltshire & Swindon, and Dorset.

It was these Authorities which agreed in November 2014 to formally combine with one another, forming a new Fire and Rescue Service to serve the two geographic counties of Dorset and Wiltshire.

The combined Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service now serves the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole, Dorset, Swindon, and Wiltshire.

Our badge

Every Fire and Rescue Service in the UK has its own unique badge, which is based upon the eight pointed star that represents the cross of St John. The eight points or ‘tenets’ are said to represent the knightly virtues of:

The badge is based on the Wiltshire Wyvern and the Dorset Salamander, which featured in the old Authority designs, with both carrying the torch for the organisation.

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