Topsham Fire Station to close by the end of the year as service looks at ‘disposal’ of building

The fire service said it is ‘looking at the disposal’ of the Topsham station after it revealed the town’s crew will leave by the end of the year.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) this week announced its intention to move Topsham’s two engines and ‘most’ of the town’s crew to new bases at Middlemoor and Clyst St George by December 2020.

The closure of Topsham fire station was decided in January as part of the DSFRS cost-cutting consultation, Safer Together.

A DSFRS spokeswoman said: “We are looking at the disposal of Topsham fire station at the present time and the best route moving forward is being decided.”

Topsham’s two fire engines will transfer to new facilities at Middlemoor and the DSFRS headquarters, at Clyst St George.

The fire service said ‘most of the firefighters will transfer, ensuring local knowledge is retained.’

Recent new recruits from the local area will also support the relocation, the fire service said.

Pete Bond, assistant chief fire officer, said: “These changes are part of a larger change programme which will enable us to move our resources to the areas where they are most needed.

“We recognise that people living in and around Topsham may be concerned and we want to reassure them that they will continue to receive a response from fire crews in the unlikely event that they need one.”

DSFRS said moving the fire engines and crew out of the town, closing the station, would mean the service ‘will continue to have flexibility in providing emergency response cover for Topsham and the surrounding area, and will build greater resilience for Exeter’.

In January, the Fire Authority agreed to close Topsham Fire Station and relocate the crews and engines.

DSFRS said this move was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and but will take place by December 2020.

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