On 11 November 2014, Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority agreed unanimously to seek a merger with Dorset Fire Authority, with a new Combined Fire Authority due to come into being on 1 April 2016. Click here for the news release - see also:
Dorset Fire Authority met on Tuesday 4 November and also agreed unanimously to support combination - click here for their news release.
The Wiltshire and Swindon CFA papers from 11 November can be viewed here. The reports include:
There were also a number of written responses to the consultation.
On 3 November, a presentation was made to members of both Fire Authorities on the consultation findings - also made available was a collation of comments made by people when completing the on-line and paper questionnaires.
Opinion Research Services (ORS) has prepared a final report 'Three options for the Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority - Report of public consultation for Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority', which provides the results from this public consultation - read the final report here.
The Government has promised funding of £5.54 million to the two Services to support combination, should it go ahead - click here for the news release.
On 26 January 2015, the new Joint Committee of Dorset Fire Authority and Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority met for the first time. Click here for the committee's papers.
On 26 February 2016, a selection process led to Darran Gunter (currently CFO of Dorset) being named as CFO Designate of the new Service - click here for more.