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Press Release - Date confirmed for Topsham Fire Station relocation
Posted on 07/10/2020

In January, the Fire Authority decided to relocate Topsham Fire Station. This move was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic and but will take place by December 2020.

The two fire engines based in Topsham will transfer to two new facilities at Middlemoor and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s Headquarters in Clyst St George. Most of the firefighters will transfer, ensuring local knowledge is retained. Recent new recruits from the local area will also support the relocation. 

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.

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 recognise that people living in and around Topsham may be concerned and we want to reassure them that they will continue to receive a response from fire crews in the unlikely event that 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.

Additional information

Throughout the pandemic the Service continued to provide fire safety advice over the telephone. The Service is are now booking full home safety visits for the highest priority referrals.

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