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11th June, 2021 - 00:01 AM : Crews have attended an area of heathland on fire measuring approximate...Read more

11th June, 2021 - 05:18 AM : Crews have attended a rubbish fire in the open on a foot path, the fir...Read more

11th June, 2021 - 04:44 PM : Crews have attended an unattended bonfire, the fire was extinguished u...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 10:13 PM: Crews have extinguished a bonfire on open ground using 2 hose reel jet...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 7:37 PM : Crews have attended a fire involving a mattress, trees and bushes, the...Read more

11th June, 2021 - 02:30 AM: Crews have extinguished a vehicle fire using 2 hose reel jets and 1 ma...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 8:32 PM : Crews have attended alarms operating in a domestic property, a fire wa...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 8:23 PM : Crews have attended a small fire on the Esplanade in Weymouth, 2 hose ...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 5:20 PM : Crews have attended a road traffic collision involving 3 vehicles, 1 m...Read more

10th June, 2021 - 17.08: Fire crews from Christchurch and Redhill Park responded to a report of...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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