Emergency? Call 999

For general enquiries

Contact Us

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

Signposting information for witnesses following incidents

Date: 7th June, 2021

The road safety team at Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have overseen a project producing signposting information for members of the public who witness, but are not directly involved in, an incident.

Experiencing something as unexpected as a fire, a collision, or any other form of rescue can be difficult, particularly in instances where suffering or loss of life have been witnessed. Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s own firefighters experience this difficulty on a daily basis and appreciate the impact the trauma an incident can have on wellbeing.

Firefighter Matt Mullins from Tisbury Fire Station proposed the concept after pointing out that looking after the community post incident is just as important as the Service’s Prevention, Protection and Response duties.

He said: “As firefighters, we take such pride in engaging with our communities and naturally place a huge emphasis on rescue. I feel it’s just as important to ensure that we extend that protection further than education through our prevention work and response to incidents.

“Emergency situations affect everyone differently and in cases where witnesses are present, we want to be able to help them as much as we can by showing them where they can find support.”

After several months of partnership meetings, researching content and finding a sponsor, the scheme is about to launch, with a supply of cards which can be issued to witnesses following incidents across Dorset and Wiltshire. The cards have a URL link and QR code, leading to a website page with signposting to partners offering support, advice and guidance.

Both Dorset and Wiltshire Police are supporting the scheme as being a Police incident ground, only they may distribute the cards at road traffic collisions. However, all emergency service staff can identify community members who may benefit from further support to Police personnel and provide cards to them if they are not carrying them.

Road Safety Manager Christine Sharma said: “I’d like to offer my sincerest thanks on behalf of the Service to Matthew Boatwright of Boatwrights Estate Agents for their kind sponsorship of the scheme. Their assistance has meant we now have 10,000 cards available to distribute amongst our emergency service partners across Dorset and Wiltshire.”

More information about where to find support or guidance at https://www.dwfire.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/help-following-an-incident/

results found.

Post Holders: