Topsham Fire Station closes for good and talks begin on the future of the building

Topsham Fire Station has permanently closed and its final fire engine has been moved a mile up the road to Clyst St George.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) confirmed the closure of the station on Thursday (December 3) and the relocation of the town’s second fire engine to its Clyst St George headquarters.

The fire service said it plans to approach local councils to consider community uses for the building, with a decision on its future expected in February 2021.

The fire service said: “The service is writing to local councils to see if there is a viable option for the building to be used by the community before making a decision about its future at its February meeting.”

A DSFRS spokesman said: “The move took place as planned. From today [December 3], firefighters from Topsham Fire Station will respond from the new Clyst St George Fire Station.”

The decision to close Topsham Fire Station – which has served the town for decades – was taken in January as part of the fire service’s Safer Together cost-cutting consultation.

The first of the town’s fire engines moved to a new site at Middlemoor in November.

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

The fire service said: “In January, the Fire Authority decided to relocate Topsham Fire Station.

“These new arrangements 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.

“The move was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

“The first of two fire engines moved to a new facility at Middlemoor last month and on Thursday 3 December, the second fire engine moves to a new station at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Clyst St George.

“Most of the firefighters will transfer, ensuring local knowledge is retained.

“They will be joined by recent new recruits from the local area.”

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