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The Future Of Dorset Fire And Rescue Up For Consultation

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine

7:55am 25th July 2014

Dorset residents are being asked to help shape the future of the county's fire and rescue service, including whether Dorset's Fire Authority merges with neighbouring fire groups.

Combining with Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authorities is just one of the areas being covered in a consultation running up until October 20th. Other ideas up for discussion include whether Dorset Fire and Rescue should work more closely with local authorities and the police.

Questionnaires have been sent to 2,000 households across Dorset and Wiltshire. Information will also be available in public buildings and libraries, with forums also being held with the public, businesses and voluntary organisations.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service told Wessex FM: "Dorset Fire and Rescue Service delivers essential life changing and lifesaving services.  Whilst we face a challenging financial future, we are keen to encourage people to contribute to our consultation exercise.

"We want to ensure we explore every possibility to transform our Service but also help protect our essential frontline activities.  We have a number of potential options, key to which is whether we become a larger fire and rescue service and how much further we work with our local councils."

You can take part in the consultation online by CLICKING HERE.


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