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Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Public Consultation

Published on 01 August 2019 03:29 PM

As you may be aware Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are currently consulting on changes to our service delivery arrangements:

https://www.dsfire.gov.uk/SaferTogether/ServiceDeliveryConsultation/Index.cfm?siteCategoryId=18&T1ID=211

These will be the most significant changes to the Fire Service in Devon & Somerset for many years; the majority of our existing 85 fire stations have been in place for well over 30 years and the firefighter duty systems have not changed since the 1970s. In future we need to make sure we can prioritise and increase our capacity to deliver targeted prevention and protection activities in our communities, focusing on the known risks in each area. We must change to make sure we are providing the best possible response to match the modern risks of today. We need increased availability to ensure we can give the right response, at the right time, whilst making the most efficient use of resources.

We also need to make significant financial savings. The funding we receive is changing, with anticipated reduced grant funding from Central Government. Alongside this, costs are increasing, so we will need to meet a potentially significant revenue shortfall to enable the Service provision to continue.

We want as many people as possible to give us their thoughts so please do have a look at the link above and complete the survey.