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Consultation starts into future of fire service

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A wide ranging consultation to consider options for the future of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service started on Monday 21st July.

Between now and 20th October, local people will be able to have their say on options including closer working with local authorities and the police, through to a possible merger with Dorset Fire Authority.

A parallel consultation is being held in Dorset during the same time period. In both counties, local residents will be able to access further information and complete an on-line questionnaire. In addition, a random selection of 12,000 households across Wiltshire and Dorset will receive the questionnaire directly. Information will also be placed in public buildings and libraries, and consultation forums will be held.

Simon Routh-Jones, chief fire officer of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service said, “We are keen to know what local people think about our options to strengthen our fire and rescue service. We have a number of potential ways forward including a potential merger with Dorset Fire Authority. We are consulting widely on this important issue and we would encourage any views as no decisions have yet been made.”

The consultation portal is accessible via www.wiltsfire.gov.uk/strengtheningourfrs