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To: Devon and Somerset Fire Authority

Don't cut fire services in Devon and Somerset

Scrap plans to cut fire services in Devon and Somerset.

These proposals are an attack on the emergency front line service in Devon and Somerset that will put both the public and firefighter lives at risk.

Why is this important?

Devon and Somerset Fire Authority are currently consulting on the biggest cut proposals in living memory.

These cuts propose to:
• Close 8 fire stations in Appledore, Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Kingston, Porlock, Topsham, and Woolacombe
• Cut night cover at fire stations in Barnstaple, Exmouth, and Paignton
• Cut the second fire engine at Crediton, Lynton, Martock, Totnes fire stations
• Cut the third fire engine from Bridgwater, Taunton, Torquay, Yeovil fire stations
• Cut the day cover for the 2nd fire engine at 14 stations in Brixham, Chard, Dartmouth, Frome, Honiton, Ilfracombe, Okehampton, Sidmouth, Tavistock, Teignmouth, Tiverton, Wells, Wellington, and Williton.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) senior management are proposing to introduce 6 roving day crewed engines for targeted response, alongside prevention work which they believe will make communities and visitors to Devon and Somerset safer. How can DSFRS management expect the public to respond to a concept which contains not detail? This is an outrage and total mismanagement by DSFRS.

To stop these disastrous cuts, please respond to the consultation and tell DSFRS that we will not accept any deterioration of fire cover in Devon and Somerset. https://www.dsfire.gov.uk/SaferTogether/ServiceDeliveryConsultation/TakePartInTheConsultation.cfm

We are not prepared to compromise on public and firefighter safety and call on Devon and Somerset Fire Authority to reject these dangerous proposals.

Devon and Somerset residents, visitors and firefighters deserve better.

Devon

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Reasons for signing

  • We desperately need emergency service personnel to have their funding ring fenced as they are facing significant cuts as it is.
  • Fire can spread quickly. I want to feel safe, and not wondering how long it would take to get to tackle any fire.
  • In 2003 I lived in a house in Ibex Court. It went on fire and Appledore Fire Engine was on the scene within 10 minutes. The fire fighters were fantastic. At the time there was concern that the whole of Irsha Street might be engulfed. I cannot imagine what would have happened if Appledore hadn't had its own fire station and small fire engine which could get down Irsha Street. Thanks again to the fire fighters of Appledore for all your help.

Updates

2019-07-26 16:09:55 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2019-07-09 10:32:53 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2019-07-08 21:07:22 +0100

500 signatures reached

2019-07-08 15:57:28 +0100

100 signatures reached

2019-07-08 13:41:22 +0100

50 signatures reached

2019-07-08 12:39:27 +0100

25 signatures reached

2019-07-08 11:56:40 +0100

10 signatures reached

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