Investing in our people: ‘one team approach’
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service offers a wide range of employee benefits and strives to ensure that our employees feel valued and rewarded. These benefits include:
Dorset and Wiltshire are beautiful counties to live and work in. We have many areas of outstanding natural beauty, including the Jurassic coast which is a World Heritage site, Salisbury plain and historic landmarks such as Salisbury Cathedral and Stonehenge. Both counties are popular destinations for visitors.
Pension scheme – Enrolment into the appropriate pension scheme for all Service employees, which includes retirement options. Members of the schemes will benefit from a generous employer contribution.
Smarter Working – spanning a large geographical area, we are committed to reducing unnecessary travel for staff working across the two counties to reduce our carbon footprint.
We have invested in Office 365, promoted online meetings, and provided the equipment and infrastructure to support working from any location with an internet connection.
For Corporate roles, there is an opportunity for many of our roles to work flexibly (including working from home where possible) as long as staff are able to attend their base location and other Service premises when required for key activities and meetings.
Annual leave – Generous annual leave allowance with a basic entitlement for those on the shift system of 23 days plus eight bank holiday days. After five years’ service, the basic leave entitlement increases by three days
Learning and Organisational Development – Opportunities for employees to further develop in their roles and pursue training and development pathways and qualifications.
Parking on site – Free car parking available to all Service employees at our fire stations, HQ and support offices.
Loyalty award – Long service award after 20 years’ continuous service.
Continuous service – Existing Local Government / Fire Service employees entering the Service with no break in service will maintain continuous service.
Union Membership – we recognise Unison, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), the Fire and Rescue Service Association (FRSA) and the Fire Officers Association (FOA) as negotiating partners.
Sports & Social Club – There are a variety of sports and social clubs within the Service, this includes an in-house lottery subscription where five prizes are drawn each month .
Blue Light Card – Access to many online discounts / promotional offers as part of the UK’s Emergency Services, NHS or Armed Forces. Link: https://www.bluelightcard.co.uk/
Local discounts – Discounts are available at local companies within the Dorset and Wiltshire area upon showing your Service ID card
Flexible working – your working environment and work life balance is important to us, so we offer flexible working patterns, as well as career breaks, where possible. Flexible working is available to allow members of staff to work flexibly within the requirements of their role
Maternity / Paternity / Adoption / Parental leave – The service provides leave for employees who meet the criteria outlined within DWFRS policies and procedures:
- Eligible members of staff are entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks’ Maternity Leave
- Members of staff may be entitled to Statutory Maternity Support Leave (incorporating Paternity Leave) of a maximum of two weeks providing they meet the eligibility requirements
- Eligible members of staff are entitled to a maximum of 52 weeks’ Adoption Leave
- If staff meet the eligibility requirements, they are entitled to a maximum of 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave for each child, up to their 18th Birthday
Health & Well-being
Mental Health Support ‘Mindful Employer’ – Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service have signed up to the Mindful Employer Initiative, the Charter for Employers who are positive about mental health. The Charter provides a voluntary set of aspirations for DWFRS to work towards to help support staff with mental health conditions.
Blue Light Programme – Mind is delivering the Blue Light Programme to provide mental health support for emergency services staff and volunteers from ambulance, fire, police, and search and rescue services across England and Wales
Mindful Employer – Provides employers with easier access to information and support to help staff who experience stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health conditions
Counselling – The Service works with an external counselling provision to provide private and confidential counselling service to DWFRS members of staff. Counselling is available to all DWFRS staff and their immediate family members, and retired staff and their immediate family members
TRiM – Trauma Risk in Management (TRiM) is a system developed by the Royal Marines and widely adopted by the military, police forces and fire and rescue services and is considered an effective form of stress management. This is stress which follows as a result of a traumatic incident. This can be any event from a minor accident to a major disaster. It can affect survivors, victims, rescuers and helpers as well as onlookers, witnesses, colleagues, friends and family members
Eye voucher – Employees are eligible for free eye tests and a discount towards glasses
Flu Vaccinations – Employees are eligible for flu vaccinations
Free Gym access – Within our stations, employees can use the gym equipment free of charge following a full induction by one of the service’s PEI’s (this includes treadmill, rowing machine, exercise bikes, weights)
Leisure centre access – Employees are eligible to use the Five Rivers swimming pool facilities at a corporate discounted rate. Link: http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/leisure-memberships
Physio sessions – The service offer up to 6 physio sessions to provide interim support for any condition to support the health and wellbeing of an individual
Fire Fighters Charity – Helping everyday heroes recover their lives by supporting their physical health, mental health and social wellbeing. All Service employees including their family members are eligible: https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/