Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  United Kingdom
Country  England
County Wiltshire
Agency overview
Established 1948 (1948)
Employees ~700
Facilities and equipment
Stations 24
Website
Official website

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was the county-wide, statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, England.

Created in 1948 from a number of smaller more local fire brigades, until 1997 the service was a division of Wiltshire County Council. After 1997, when the Borough of Swindon was separated from the county of Wiltshire to become a new unitary authority, the service was administered by a combined fire authority[1] of thirteen members, nine appointed by Wiltshire Council and four by Swindon Borough Council, called the Wiltshire and Swindon Combined Fire Authority. The members were appointed annually.[2]

The fire and rescue service's headquarters was at Manor House, Potterne, near Devizes.

With effect from 1 April 2016, the service was merged into the new Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Stations[edit]

Location Type Appliances
Amesbury Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines, water/animal rescue
Bradford-On-Avon On-call One fire engine
Calne On-call One fire engine
Chippenham Day crewed and on-call Two fire engines, emergency support unit, water/rope rescue, rescue boat
Corsham On-call Two fire engines
Cricklade On-call One fire engine, New Dimension unit
Devizes Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines, emergency support unit
Ludgershall On-call One fire engine, 4x4 pump
Malmesbury On-call One fire engine
Marlborough Day duty hub and on-call Two fire engines
Melksham On-call One fire engine
Mere On-call One fire engine
Pewsey On-call One fire engine, water carrier
Ramsbury On-call One fire engine, water carrier
Salisbury Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, aerial appliance, operational support unit
Stratton Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, incident command vehicle, water/animal rescue
Swindon Wholetime and on-call Two fire engines, aerial appliance, operational support unit
Tisbury On-call One fire engine
Trowbridge Day crewed and on-call Two fire engines, emergency support unit, water/rope rescue
Warminster On-call Two fire engines, New Dimension unit
Westbury On-call One fire engine, 4x4 pump
Westlea, Swindon Day crewed One fire engine, New Dimension unit
Wilton On-call One fire engine, water carrier
Wootton Bassett On-call One fire engine, water carrier

Co-responder stations[edit]

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service worked in partnership with the South Western Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to parts of Wiltshire. These were areas that had been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a co-responder team was to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance. Co-responder vehicles were equipped with oxygen and automatic external defibrillation (AED) equipment.

Other Facilities[edit]

  • Fire & Rescue Service Headquarters, Devizes
  • Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service Training & Development Centre, Devizes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Wiltshire Fire Services (Combination Scheme) Order 1996". Statutory Instrument. legislation.gov.uk. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Combined Fire Authority". Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service. 

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