Make your voice heard over proposed closure of Budleigh Salterton’s fire station

Budleigh Salterton residents have 12 weeks to make their views known about proposals to close the town’s fire station.

Public consultation opened on Wednesday, July 3, regarding proposals to make ‘significant changes’ to the way the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) operates.

Fire stations across East Devon are at threat of closure or slashed services under new proposals to save cash with flexible firefighting.

Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton and Topsham fire stations have come under fire in Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s plans to deliver ‘targeted prevention’ – focussing fire cover to high risk areas.

So-called ‘low risk-low-activity’ fire stations – such as Budleigh – face closure, on-call only crews, or changes to night time cover.

Under the proposals Budleigh Salterton and Topsham fire stations face closure; Exmouth will lose its second fire engine, will be manned 24/7 but with on-call crews at night; Sidmouth and Honiton to each retain two fire engines and 24/7 on-call cover, and night crew. There are no plans to change Exeter’s 24/7 full-time fire cover.

The consultation period runs for 12 weeks until 22 September 2019; the fire service said there are a number of ways to engage with the consultation.

Budleigh Salterton fire station

Budleigh’s fire station: the public consultation period has begun over cuts and changes to how DSFRS operates
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The online consultation survey is now live on the fire service’s website and residents are invited to visit local public drop-in exhibitions across Devon and Somerset.

The exhibitions have been arranged across the service area, particularly near areas most affected by the proposals, for people to ask questions about the consultation and the future of the service.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said cash saved through station closures or reducing fire engine would pay for fire prevention work in the community.

Pete Bond, DSFRS assistant chief fire officer, said: “We really want to hear what you have to say about the proposed service options, so please use this opportunity to engage with us and have your voice heard.”

Further information has been published on the DSFRS website

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