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Safer Together - how we are changing to meet your needs


We are here to protect and save

We work every day with our communities and partners to prevent emergencies and to make you safer in your home, place of work and where you visit.

Our Safer Together programme is changing the way we work to ensure we are responding to current and future risks in our two counties.

Topsham Fire Station relocation

In January 2020, the Fire Authority decided to relocate Topsham Fire Station. The two fire engines based in Topsham have now transferred to two new facilities at Middlemoor and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service's Headquarters in Clyst St George. Most of the firefighters transferred, ensuring local knowledge is retained, and they have been joined by recruits who have recently completed their training.

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 want to reassure people living in and around Topsham 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.

Updates on the Safer Together Programme

Since the Fire Authority meeting in January, the Service has been planning on implementing the changes that were agreed by the Fire Authority.

Topsham Fire Station relocation December 2020

Plymstock's new fire station is all set to go

Closure of Budleigh Salterton Fire Station

Changes at Totnes and Martock fire stations

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority approves recommendations

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority approved recommendations on changes to how the Service operates at the Fire Authority meeting on 10 January 2020. This follows the public consultation exercise in 2019.

Learn more about the outcomes of the meeting and approved recommendations



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