A CONSULTATION to consider options for the future of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service in the wake of financial cutbacks has started.

People can have their say on options, including closer working with local authorities and the police, through to a possible merger with Dorset Fire Authority.

The consultation closes on October 20.

A parallel consultation is being held in Dorset during the same period.

In both counties residents will be able to access further information and complete an online 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 with the public, businesses and voluntary organisations.

Simon Routh-Jones, Chief Fire Officer of Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We are keen to know what 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.”

The consultation portal is accessible via wiltsfire.gov.