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Press Release - Changes at Totnes and Martock fire stations
Posted on 27/03/2020

Following a decision made by Fire Authority Members in January, the second fire engines at Martock and Totnes are to be removed today (27 March).

The first fire engines at those fire stations will continue to operate as they do now. If additional firefighters are required at an incident, they will either attend in another type of vehicle from that fire station or from the next nearest available fire station.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO), Pete Bond, Director of Service Improvement, said: “These changes are part of a larger Service change programme which will enable us to move our resources to the areas where they are most needed. We recognise that people living near these fire stations may be concerned and we want to be clear that they will continue to receive a response from fire crews in the unlikely event that they need one.”

Often additional firefighters, not additional fire engines are required at larger incidents. Therefore, on many occasions a fire engine is only used to transport firefighters from a fire station to the incident as the amount of equipment available on the first attending vehicles is sufficient. Totnes has another vehicle which could be used to transport firefighters and Martock will be receiving a Land Rover vehicle for this purpose.

The Service’s Fire Control team have a mobilising system which allows them to send the next nearest available fire engines to any incident if the closest one is unavailable or already at an incident. The Service is continually moving its resources around to ensure there is sufficient fire cover across the Service area and it is common for fire engines from a number of different locations to attend larger incidents.

ACFO Pete Bond added: “We are working with the crews at Martock and Totnes and their local management teams to ensure your community will be served by a well-resourced on-call fire engine in the future.”

If you have any questions or concerns about this you can email us at safertogetherprogramme@dsfire.gov.uk

The Service is recruiting on-call firefighters across the Service. If you are interested in joining us and helping to keep your local fire engine available, look for more information on our website www.dsfire.gov.uk


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