The combined Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service serves the local authority areas of Bournemouth, Dorset, Poole, Swindon and Wiltshire.
In addition to tackling fires and helping people involved in road traffic collisions, the service responds to emergencies. Its specialist teams provide rope, water and animal rescue capability, and it assists with flooding incidents.
The service aims to reduce the risk of incidents happening in the first place, and works with partners to assist the most vulnerable. Its protection department checks that businesses and commercial premises adhere to fire safety legislation.
The service has 50 stations serving its local communities.
For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary 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.