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With just days to make your views known on the proposed cuts, closures and changes to fire stations, cover and crewing in Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Sidmouth, Honiton, Colyton and Topsham, www.eastdevonnews.co.uk asked Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) to answer some questions about the Safer Together consultation, which ends on Sunday, September 22. Here is what Pete Bond, DSFRS Assistant Chief Fire Officer, said: Q: How can we be Safer Together if we are losing fire stations, fire engines and crew? A: We will be making the best use of our resources by moving them to where the risk…

An 88-year-old life-long champion of Exmouth has vowed to lead a protest march if the town’s full-time fire cover is cut. Alderman David Scott was so moved by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) ‘criminal’ proposal to downgrade Exmouth’s 24/7 fire cover to on-call at night, the retired councillor attended town council talks on the Safer Together consultation. For goodness sake don’t let them put Exmouth on a day-only basis. I think that’s criminal… He said slashing support staff, not frontline firefighters, would save money and make the service more efficient. His comments come with just days left…

Fire engines will take longer to arrive at an emergency in East Devon once stations close and cover is cut, the chief fire officer has admitted. Confirmation fire engines will be slower arriving in an emergency if station cuts and closures go ahead has come from fire chief Lee Howell, confessing cash-saving changes will ‘’inevitably affect response times’. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) chief fire officer Lee Howell divulged waits for fire engines would take longer in East Devon in a letter to Sir Hugo Swire MP, as seen by eastdevonnews.co.uk The fire chief told the Member…

‘Cut management, not frontline firefighters – smoke alarms save lives but they don’t put out fires.’ Blanket support for Exmouth’s ‘boots-on-the-ground’ firefighters has come from town councillors fighting to keep round-the-clock cover at the Liverton Business Park fire station. Exmouth Town Council was last night unanimous in opposing Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) Safer Together cost-cutting consultation which could end the town’s 24/7 fire cover and close the neighbouring fire station at Budleigh Salterton. Councillors were united in calling for a fresh consultation that considered community concerns and agreed an ‘urgent need’ to actively collaborate with other…

Slashing Exmouth’s full-time fire service will put the lives of residents and visitors at higher risk of injury and death than now. Crisis talks are being held by Exmouth Town Council tonight, Tuesday, September 10, to push Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to drop cost-cutting plans to slash the town’s 24/7 fire cover. Exmouth Town Council said there was an ‘urgent need’ for councils and groups to work together across East Devon and collectively fight the Safer Together consultation proposals. The council said the fire service has given a ‘false picture’ of Exmouth’s fire cover needs and should…

The Grim Reaper led a funeral procession to shouts of ‘save our station’ when Colyton’s annual carnival turned campaign rally against fire cuts. Saturday’s funeral procession signaled the death of Colyton fire’s cover as residents and firefighters protested publicly to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) Safer Together cost cutting proposals to slash services and close fire stations. Colyton fire station is at risk of closing as part of a plan rolled out by DSFRS to save money and update the fire service. The planned closure of Colyton fire station is short-sighted, unnecessary and a risk to public…

“We need to be doing something to make the public aware that this is actually a load of baloney.” Budleigh Salterton Town Council this week told Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to cancel its cost cutting consultation until it has ironed out inconsistencies in its ‘flawed’ information and over-complicated public document. Members from Budleigh this week met with councillors from the neighbouring villages to stop the closure of Budleigh’s fire station, saying ‘God help us’ if cover is cut. Councillors hit out at ‘inadequate’ information fed to the public by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS)…

Your help is needed in the battle to save Exmouth’s full-time fire cover by backing our town’s firefighters who plan to be in The Strand on Thursday (September 5). Off-duty firefighters will be speaking to the public explaining Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s cost-cutting consultation, Safer Together. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is canvasing residents across both counties until September 22, 2019, about a range of options to save the service money, including station closures, slashing crewing hours and ‘switching off’ fire engines. Firefighters have been out in force across East Devon explaining how our…

Tackling a large-scale blaze in East Devon if Topsham fire station closes means waiting longer for help to arrive. This is the stark warning from firefighters battling to save Topsham’s fire station from closing under cash saving proposals from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service. The town’s firefighters have set up a petition and organised Save Our Station events in a bid to highlight Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s proposal to scrap Topsham’s fire station. If there’s a snap fire in the East Devon area for eight fire engines you will have to go further and further…

The clock is ticking on the future of East Devon’s fire cover and it is up to YOU to make a stand and Save Our Service. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is canvasing communities until September 22, 2019, about a range of options to save it money. These include station closures, slashing crewing hours and ‘switching off’ fire engines. That means you have just THREE weeks left to make your views known on the future of YOUR fire service. Firefighters from across East Devon are sending out a double SOS – Save Our Stations and Save Our…