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Latest Incidents

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

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

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 Service Improvement, including strategic planning, standards and assurance  business continuity and health and safety 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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Jenny Long

Director - People Services

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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T: 01722 691070

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Andy Cole

Director - Community Safety

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

Responsible for Area Commands, Prevention and Protection.

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Byron Standen

Director - Service Support

Byron began his fire service career in 1992 and became Assistant Chief Fire Officer in March 2019.

Responsible for Assets, ICT, Fire Control, procurement, Response Development and Response Support.

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Ian Cotter

Head of Financial Services & Treasurer

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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Jill McCrae

Head of Service Improvement

Responsible for Service improvement projects, standards & assurance, strategic planning, programme management, health & safety.

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Vikki Shearing

Head of Corporate Support

Responsible for information governance, cyber security, information systems and data management, corporate communications and engagement, executive support and democratic services.

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