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Press Release - Fire Authority decision moved to new year
Posted on 08/11/2019

A meeting for Fire Authority Members to consider options to change the way the Service operates has been moved to the new year.  

The meeting, to consider the results of the consultation process carried out over the summer, was scheduled for 18 December. Following a unanimous decision by Members today (Friday 8 December), the date of the new meeting will be in early 2020.

Members of staff and trade union representatives had raised concerns about the impact the decision may have on staff if made just before Christmas.

In addition, a General Election has been called since the date for the Fire Authority meeting was set. The Service would not have chosen a date for the meeting in such close proximity to an election. It is important that Members are available to give full consideration to the results of the consultation prior to making any decision.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue consulted over the summer on proposals to modernise the service. The proposals include station closures, reducing the number of fire appliances and changing crewing arrangements. These changes would enable the Service to reinvest in prevention and protection work to reduce the risk of incidents occurring.

During the 12-week consultation, the Service received about 3,300 completed surveys, 700 written submissions, and five petitions.

Service officers will now work with colleagues in the constituent authorities to agree a suitable date for this meeting.

The Fire Authority paper regarding the meeting postponement is available on the Service website.


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