Fire cuts on hold

Laura White
Laura White

Plans to close Ashburton Fire Station along with seven other fire stations, and the scrapping of 30 fire engines across the two counties of Devon and Somerset, are on hold as there has been a massive response from members of the public during the 12 week consultation.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue are trying to save £8.4 million.

On the whole the public seem to be very much against the planned closures and cuts and have sent 700 letters, 3,300 online signatures – totalling 43,350 signatures which have been collected by Devon’s branch of the Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU) and from four Devon towns.

Due to the large response the fire chief reviewing the results of the consultation has put back a decision from November to 18th December.

James Leslie of FBU said: “Devon and Somerset firefighters are furious with these proposals. Their plans would undeniably compromise public safety across both counties.”

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: “I’d like to thank the thousands of people who have taken the time to share their views.

‘I appreciate that moving the uncertainty for our staff and communities who are affected by the proposals.

‘We don’t take any proposals to close or remove fire engines lightly, which is why it is vital that we take the time to thoroughly analyse and consider the responses.”

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