Emergency? Call 999

For general enquiries

Contact Us

Latest Incidents

4th August, 2020 - 7.38pm: Crew from Springbourne mobilised to a fire in the skate park area exti...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 7.05pm: Stourpaine - At 1905 fire control received calls to a fire involving s...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 0536am: Crew from Springbourne extinguished the remains of a bonfire that was ...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 05.10am: Crew from Wimborne mobilised to an alarm sounding at a residential pro...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 03.23am: Crew from Springbourne mobilised to reports of a fire alarm sounding i...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 03.14am: Two crews from Dorchester mobilised to a fire alarm sounding at a resi...Read more

4th August, 2020 - 02.53am: Two crews from Devizes and one from Calne mobilised to reports of a fi...Read more

2nd August, 2020 - 16.28: A fire crew from Royal Wootton Bassett is currently dealing with a fir...Read more

2nd August, 2020 - 11.39: A fire crew from Blandford Forum responded to an alarm activation in a...Read more

1st August, 2020 - 20:27: Just before 8.30pm this evening Dorset & Wiltshire Fire & Resc...Read more

Teenagers benefit from SPARC course

Date: 6th November, 2019

A group of eleven teenage girls benefited from Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service’s SPARC programme during October.

Hosted at Weymouth Fire Station, the course targeted girls aged between 12 and 16 who had been referred by local schools and youth work professionals.

SPARC is a tailored development programme designed to promote empowerment in a positive environment, whilst also encouraging team work and the supporting of others. The five-day course was a bespoke programme designed to meet a local need that had been identified by local professionals almost a year ago.

The programme aimed to build confidence and show the participants that it’s ok to feel anxious about taking on new challenges and, that with a bit of support and a few coping techniques, they can achieve their goals. The week culminated in a ‘pass out’ display where the group demonstrated their newly gained skills through practical scenarios and received their certificates of achievement from Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, Angus Campbell.

Rob Guy, Youth Intervention Manager at Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, explained: “The course was a huge success, with all 11 young people completing the five days and gaining an AQA Award in Fire Service Youth Training. Prior to starting, the young people had the opportunity to tell us their hopes and fears for the week, and most said ‘anything to do with heights’. Despite their reservations, they all climbed the 13.5 metre ladder and went up in the cage of the aerial ladder platform, which extends to 32 metres.”

He added: “This was an example of excellent partnership working. The need for positive activities for this cohort had been identified at the Weymouth and Portland Health and Wellbeing Forum, and we thank Weymouth Town Council for providing some funding to enable this course to happen. We are indebted to Dorset Council’s Chesil Family Partnership Zone, who recruited eligible young people for the course and also provided a youth worker throughout the week to help support the girls. We also received support from Dorset Mind, in the form of one of their volunteers who attended all five days to help us embed emotional wellbeing sessions throughout the week – we can’t thank them enough for their commitment and expertise.”

For more information in relation to youth programmes run by the Fire and Rescue Service, contact Youth Intervention Manager Rob Guy on 07739 899293 or [email protected]

results found.

Post Holders: