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16th August, 2022 - 09:44: Firefighters from Chippenham attended a fire involving approximately 5...Read more

16th August, 2022 - 11.03: Two fire crews from Poole fire station and a crew from Westbourne fire...Read more

16th August, 2022 - 09.44: A fire crew from Chippenham is currently in attendance in Easton Lane ...Read more

16th August, 2022 - 08:29: Firefighters from Springbourne attended a property with alarm sounding...Read more

15th August, 2022 - 10:32: 10:32 - crews from Verwood and Blandford attended a large agricultural...Read more

11th August, 2022 - 02:19: In the early hours of this morning a member of the public reported see...Read more

10th August, 2022 - 20:07: Fire fighters from Verwood Fire Station extinguished a fire in the cen...Read more

10th August, 2022 - 17:51: Firefighters from Springbourne were called to a small fire in the open...Read more

Strategic Leadership Team

Our Strategic Leadership Team has overall responsibility for running the Service.

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Ben Ansell

Chief Fire Officer

Ben began his fire service career in 1994 and has been Chief Fire Officer since 1 December 2016.

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The Chief Fire Officer is the Head of Paid Service, responsible for operational leadership of the Fire and Rescue Service.

He is also the Fire and Rescue Authority’s professional adviser on all matters which are not the responsibility of either the Treasurer or the Clerk & Monitoring Officer.

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Derek James

Deputy Chief Fire Officer - Director of Corporate Services

Derek has worked for the Fire Service for nearly 20 years, and was appointed as Deputy Chief Fire Officer in 2017.

Responsible for overall coordination of Service strategy and performance, he is the strategic lead for health & safety, ICT and Corporate Support, which includes Information Governance, Democratic and Executive Services, business analysis and communications and engagement.

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T: 01722 691072

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Andy Cole

Assistant Chief Fire Officer - Director of Community Safety

Andy’s fire service career began in 2004 as an on-call firefighter, and he became an Assistant Chief Fire Officer in 2021.

As Director of Community Safety, Andy is responsible for Area Commands, Prevention, Protection, Service Control Centre, operational risk and operational guidance, resourcing, on-call development and operational communications. Andy is also the strategic lead for the Network Fire Services Partnership (NFSP) and is the SLT champion for the M.E. network.

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Jenny Long

Assistant Chief Officer - Director of People

Jenny has worked for the fire service for more than 25 years and has been Director of People Services since 2016.

Strategic lead for Operational Training, Learning & Development and Human Resources.

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Jill McCrae

Assistant Chief Officer - Director of Service Support

As Director of Service Support, Jill is responsible for Service improvements, standards & assurance, strategic planning and programme management and resilience.

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Ian Cotter

Head of Financial Services & Treasurer

As Head of Financial Services & Treasurer, Ian is responsible for capital and revenue budgets, Medium Term Financial Plan, financial systems, exchequer and Treasurer to the Fire and Rescue Authority.

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Vikki Shearing

Head of Corporate Support

As Head of Corporate Support, Vikki is responsible for information governance, cyber security, information systems and data management, corporate communications and engagement, executive support and democratic services.

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