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Strengthening our FRS

Consultation

A 13 week consultation into the future of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service has now closed – our thanks go to everyone who took the time to have their say.

As well as an on-line questionnaire, the consultation included residents’ forums, meetings with local businesses and voluntary groups and presentations at Area Boards.

People were asked to express their preference for the following three options for Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service:

  • Scenario 1: Remain independent and increase collaboration with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council
  • Scenario 2: Remain independent and increase collaboration with Dorset Fire Authority while also collaborating with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council
  • Scenario 3: Merge with Dorset Fire Authority to create a single Combined Fire Authority while also collaborating with Wiltshire Council and Swindon Borough Council

All of the responses are being collated by ORS, an independent consultation specialist, and a report will be prepared for both Wiltshire and Dorset Fire Authorities, which are meeting in November to decide whether or not to seek combination.

  • Dorset Fire Authority meets on Tuesday 4 November
  • Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority meets on Tuesday 11 November

The papers for these meetings will be issued on 27 October and will be available to view on-line.

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.

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