Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service praised in inspection

DORSET has one of the highest performing fire and rescue services in the UK, as government inspectors praise “first-rate” performances.

Maintaining its ‘good’ rating but improving in several areas, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service (DWFRS) continues to serve its communities well, His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary & Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) confirmed.

HMICFRS has spent the last year analyzing data and documents and visiting the service to assess it against three core themes – effectiveness, efficiency and how well it looks after its people.

The inspectorate found that the Dorset service was ‘outstanding’ in the efficiency pillar, while keeping its ‘good’ rating across the other core themes.

Chief fire officer Ben Ansell said: “Despite the significant financial challenges we face, the grading of ‘outstanding’ in efficiency shows just how well our teams are using scarce resources to deliver our services in a highly effective and innovative way.

“These results are a credit to our fantastic staff that work really hard in all areas of our organization to give the best possible service we can, to all those who need our help or work alongside us.”

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The report also highlights areas where the service could improve further, and these areas are already being considered and progressed.

Inspector Wendy Williams said: “I congratulate Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service on its first-rate performance in keeping people safe and secure from fires and other risks. Since its last inspection, it has made improvements in many areas.

“We found many positives during our inspection, including examples of innovative and promising practice, such as the service’s partnership with utility companies. This has helped it secure 25,000 carbon monoxide detectors and 2,500 wi-fi carbon monoxide detectors over the next five years.

“We are also impressed with the value-for-money dashboard the service has created, which clearly shows where it has made savings. This allows the service to make the best possible use of resources to achieve the best results for the public.

“But there are still further improvements to be made, such as ensuring that all urgent risk information and safety bulletins have been read and understood by staff.

“We look forward to working with the service as it continues to improve.”

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