I spoke to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Chief Lee Howell about plans to reallocate fire engines and crews across the region, which could result in Budleigh Salterton and Topsham stations closing. Mr Howell stressed that his service wants to continue with its more proactive prevention work to keep bringing the number of incidents down.
The number of call outs for the fire service has reduced over time. Tougher furniture regulations and lifestyle changes mean that fires nationally have fallen by 33 per cent over the past 10 years.
It is my view that we must ensure no reduction in coverage or incident response times from these changes. The fire service plays an integral role in many serious road traffic accidents. I therefore encourage you to please take part in the consultation to have your say (here).
I am awaiting a reply from Mr Howell after I requested further clarification that there would be no reduction in coverage and incident response times were the closure of Topsham and Budleigh Salterton stations to go ahead.