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Attending a public consultation event

The public consultation closed on 22 September, thank you to everyone that took part. We held 27 informal public consultation events across Devon and Somerset over the course of 12 weeks.

What is a public consultation event?

We know that there is a lot of information to look through and consider. A public drop in event gives you an opportunity to meet and speak to a member of staff from the Fire and Rescue Service directly. We have a number of people available to ensure you have all the information you need to understand the reasons behind the proposals and how you can feedback through the consultation questionnaire.

Why is the event a drop-in session?
We want to make sure that you have an opportunity to discuss proposals with a member of staff from the Fire Service. The ‘drop-in’ format allows you to attend at any time during the event to do this.

How is a drop-in session different from a public meeting?
We’d rather have real conversations and discussions with people. We’re not holding public meetings because we’ve found these are less helpful at answering individual questions and concerns.

When is it best to come along?

The events are spread out across four hours. You are welcome to come at any time during this four hour window. Please allow around 15 minutes for your visit.

How will the event work? What is there to see or do?

When you arrive, you’ll be welcomed by a member of the fire and rescue service team. You’ll be able to take time to review the options proposed on our information boards. You can also pick up a paper copy of the consultation document and questionnaire.

At the event, you may see members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) in uniform. Some communities have set up petitions to maximise awareness and engagement around the consultation. Your local town councillor may be there, as well as representatives from the Fire and Rescue Service Authority (who are responsible for reviewing the public’s feedback and making the final decision). Between 80-300 people have attended each event.

See images below from our recent public events.


Who will be there to talk to?

Each drop-in event is run by members of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Service, including: the communications and engagement team and a mix of senior members of staff. This mix of staff can help you with a range of questions around understanding the proposed options, the consultation process and the data presented.

What if I can’t come to the drop-in event? Can I come to a different one or ask questions in a different way?

We’ve done our best to maximise the number of people we can reach during the consultation period. However we are aware that we cannot accommodate everyone during each planned public event. If you are unable to attend an event, you can attend another public consultation meeting (see list of consultation events) or read the consultation document and complete the questionnaire online.

Any questions can be sent to us by email:

Please note, the event times are based on the availability of public meeting rooms (often restricted to day time hours).



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