Fire service seeks views on draft plan
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking people to have their say on a range of proposals designed to meet a £5.5 million reduction in Government funding.
The consultation period has started and closes on 22 April 2013. There are a variety of ways to get in touch including its website at www.dsfire.gov.uk/consultation.
The proposals have been developed through extensive, in-depth research and they focus on maintaining or where possible improving public safety at a lower cost to taxpayers.
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: "None of the proposals involve closing fire stations, removing fire engines or making staff compulsorily redundant. We are preparing for a future where we believe we will see further reductions in our funding."
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The proposals include a measure to change the crewing arrangements of the second fire appliance at Taunton from wholetime to on call.
Cllr Mark Healey, Chairman of the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority, said: "We would welcome the public's views on the proposals to meet the reduction in Government funding. In the meantime, we will continue to lobby Government for a better settlement for Devon and Somerset."