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Have Your Say On The Future Of Dorset Fire & Rescue

Dorset Fire And Rescue Engine 2

6:53am 8th September 2014

Dorset Fire and Rescue still want your thoughts on plans to merge with Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority.

The service faces a potential deficit of up to £3.2M by 2018.

A wide ranging consultation to consider options for the future of Dorset Fire and Rescue service is now at the midway point.

There's still a chance to have your say.  You have until the 20 October to express you views on options which include Dorset working closer with local authorities and the police through a possible merge with Wiltshire and Swindon Fire Authority.

Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer of Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "DFRS has 40 front-line fire engines, 33 of which are crewed by on-call or retained firefighters. Our response arrangements are therefore very efficient. We also undertake over 12,000 home safety checks a year and work with a range of partners to make our communities safer.  

He added: "However, like all public services, we face significant financial challenges. Our potential deficit in 2017/18 ranges between £2.3M and £3.2M. I am passionate about protecting front-line services and for this reason would encourage everyone to take part in this consultation. Whilst currently a combination with Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is the preferred option for both the Fire Authority and I, it is really important that communities, partners and businesses let us have their views on this and other scenarios that we are consulting on."

Cllr Mrs Rebecca Knox, Chairman of Dorset Fire Authority said: "We have a fantastic fire and rescue service and I am sure you, like the Authority, want to do whatever you can to ensure the Service continues to keep the communities of Dorset safe.  DFRS's advice and support reaches out to many vulnerable groups and I am particularly proud of our work with young people, protecting future generations.

She added: "We all want to continue this great work, but it does cost and our budget is under huge pressure, scenario three at this stage assists us best. Please look carefully at the consultation, take part and help us continue to provide you with a great service, we can do this only with greater financial savings."
The consultation portal is accessible via http://www.dorsetfire.gov.uk/working-with-us/about-us/strengthening-our-fire-and-rescue-service/

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