The combined Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service came into being on 1 April 2016, and serves the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon and Wiltshire.
The service has 50 stations serving its local communities, and crews are available to respond to emergency calls 24 hours a day. Alongside emergency response, its work also focuses on prevention, protection and resilience.
In addition to tackling fires and helping people involved in road traffic collisions, the service will respond to all manner of emergencies. It has specialist teams providing rope, water and animal rescue capability, it assists with flooding incidents, and can be called on to help other agencies.
The service aims to reduce the risk of incidents happening in the first place, and working closely with partners to assist the most vulnerable in society.
Its protection department ensures that businesses and commercial premises adhere to fire safety legislation.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.