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£5.5 million set aside for fire merger

Wiltshire and Dorset Fire & Rescue Services could merge Credit: ITV News

£5.5 million has been set aside by the Government to support a potential merger between Wiltshire and Dorset Fire & Rescue Services.

The bid was made by Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service on behalf of the two organisations and is one of 37 projects nationally to win financial support.

Public consultations will now take place in both counties to decide whether to combine their forces.