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Press Release - Topsham Fire Station relocation
Posted on 03/12/2020

In January, the Fire Authority decided to relocate Topsham Fire Station. These new arrangements mean the Service will continue to have flexibility in providing emergency response cover for Topsham and the surrounding area, and will build greater resilience for Exeter. The move was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The first of two fire engines moved to a new facility at Middlemoor last month and on Thursday 3 December, the second fire engine moves to a new station at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s Headquarters in Clyst St George. Most of the firefighters will transfer, ensuring local knowledge is retained. They will be joined by recent new recruits from the local area.


Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Pete Bond said: "These changes are part of a larger change programme which will enable us to move our resources to the areas where they are most needed. We want people living in and around Topsham to know that they will continue to receive an emergency response from fire crews should they need one."


Wherever possible, the Service wants to prevent incidents occurring. Its prevention work remains unaffected by this change with home safety visits, for example, already provided by staff based at Service Headquarters.


The Service is writing to local councils to see if there is a viable option for the building to be used by the community before making a decision about its future at its February meeting.



Update 9 December 2020: The following notice is also being posted on the former station's noticeboard.


Following the closure of Topsham Fire Station and relocation of firefighting capability to Middlemoor and Clyst St George, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority is exploring options for the sale of the site.
 
The authority’s aim is to seek the best price for the site, which will be reinvested into the fire and rescue service. However, the authority also has discretionary powers to dispose of the land for less than the best price in exceptional circumstances. To support this, the authority is seeking proposals for community use of the site. Letters have been sent to local councils with this invitation.
 
Proposals must also be consistent with the functions of the Authority which are described in the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 as:
  • promoting fire safety (section 6), including the provision of information and publicity on steps to be taken to prevent fires, the giving of advice on how to prevent fires and on the means of escape from buildings in case of fire
  • firefighting (section 7) - extinguishing fires and protecting life and property in the event of fires
  • road traffic collision rescues (section 8) - rescuing people in the event of road traffic accidents and protecting people from serious harm in the event of road traffic accidents
  • when necessary dealing with other emergency activities (section 9), other than fires and road traffic accidents.

Any proposals that support one or more of these functions can be sent to awebb@dsfire.gov.uk, by 4pm on 29 January 2021.
 
Any sale would be subject to an independent assessment of the value of any terms or conditions which might be attached to the disposal of the site. No assessment of value would be made at this stage, so proposals only need to cover the intended usage of the property and organisational contact details.
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