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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was formed on 1 April 2007 when Devon Fire and Rescue Service combined with Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

 

Devon Fire and Rescue Service

Devon Fire Brigade was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of Exeter City Brigade, Plymouth City Brigade, and Devon County Brigade. It became Devon Fire and Rescue Service in 1987.

In 1998 control of the Fire Service transferred from Devon County Council to a Combined Fire Authority (CFA). This was made up of representatives from the new Unitary Authority of Plymouth, Torbay, and the remaining Devon County Council.

Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Somerset Fire Brigade (later renamed Somerset Fire and Rescue Service) was first formed on 1 April 1948. The firefighters were a mixture of Auxiliary Fire Service personnel and county appointed personnel. The Brigade had three divisions based at Weston-super-Mare, Yeovil and Taunton. The Brigade Headquarters was at 41, Upper High Street, Taunton and was later moved to Hestercombe House.


Tthe Auxillary Fire Service was officially disbanded on 28 March 28 1968.

1974 brought significant changes as county boundaries were redefined and produced the county of Avon from part of the north east area of Somerset. As the boundary changed, the number of fire stations and personnel in Somerset were reduced.


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