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Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service was the county-wide, statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the ceremonial county of Wiltshire, England between 1948 and 2016.

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Wiltshire fire logo.jpg
Operational area
Country United Kingdom
Country England
County Wiltshire
Agency overview
Established1948 (1948)
Employees~700
Facilities and equipment
Stations24
Website
Official website

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, where there was also a training centre.

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

StationsEdit

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 stationsEdit

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.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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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