Local residents have been outraged by the proposals put forward by the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, which would see Paignton Fire Station only being manned full-time during the day, Brixham Fire Station losing one of its daytime fire engines and the number of fire engines at Torquay Fire Station being reduced from three down to two.
The proposal to reduce services in Paignton is particularly concerning, given that the station is in the heart of one of Torbay’s most deprived wards, where the risk of fire is greater.
These proposals form a part of wider plans by the service in a bid to save £8.4 million, which would see eight fire stations being closed, a reduction in fire engines and anumber of stations reduced to day crewed across Devon and Somerset.
In Torbay, the proposals would mean that there would be only one crewed fire engine available during the night.
Lee Howgate, Liberal Democrats Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Torbay and Councillor for Goodrington-with-Roselands, said, “The safety of residents must not be put at risk. I am particularly disturbed by the fact that, whilst Exeter will continue to have two full-time fire units at night, Torbay will only have one, despite the fact that it has a bigger population.”
Torbay Liberal Democrats are petitioning the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to urge them to reverse their proposed cuts in Torbay. This is in light of Torbay’s particular needs as a community, which includes a high number of summer visitors, a large number of older multiple occupancy buildings and a high number of vulnerable and elderly residents.
We would also appreciate it if you could please provide any comments you have about the proposals by the service and why you have signed this petition.
The petition text reads as follows:
We the undersigned call upon Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to reverse the proposed cuts to fire services in Torbay, which include Paignton Fire Station only being manned full-time during the day, Brixham Fire Station losing one of its daytime fire engines and the number of fire engines at Torquay Fire Station being reduced from three down to two.