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Dorset Fire And Rescue Could Share Multi Million Pound Hand Out

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12:38pm 22nd October 2014

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service could get £5.54m from the Government if they merge with Wiltshire.

Its claimed the merger would create better and more efficient frontline services for the public and the money would be partly used to extend Dorset's fire prevention work, by building a StreetWise Safety Centre in Wiltshire.

Dorset Fire and Rescue say the funding shows support from government for the project and the benefits they claim it will bring to both counties.

The outcome of a public consultation on the proposals will be reviewed by Dorset Fire Authority at their meeting on 4th November.

Chairman of Dorset Fire Authority, Cllr Rebecca Knox said: "The money will allow us to build upon the prevention work we do in Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. This means we can broaden our prevention initiatives into Wiltshire and Swindon through the building of a StreetWise style facility."

She added: “My sincere thanks go to all our staff, partners and members of the public who have taken the time express their views during the consultation. Both Fire Authorities will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the consultation findings and whatever decisions are made, it is imperative that we are steered by the views of local people and the staff within the two Services. I know that Dorset Fire Authority members want to ensure a safe, strong and sustainable fire and rescue service for the counties of Dorset and Wiltshire.”

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