Devon fire service in merger talks

11:30 27 February 2013

Archant

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue is in talks with that of Avon to see if they can work together in the face of budget cuts.

The services are exploring ways to improve their cost-effectiveness, such as sharing support functions or even a full merger.

Somerset County Councillor Mark Healey, who is the chairman of the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “Working with Avon Fire and Rescue Service could provide real opportunities for improving public safety.

“We recognise that the fire and rescue services have to change and, like others, face an uncertain financial future.

“Working with another fire and rescue service may help reduce our costs, while continuing our aim to improve or maintain public safety.”

The current talks are purely preliminary.

0 comments

Other News Stories

16:40
The Pride in Ilfracombe winners with their awards and Mayor, George Squires. Picture: Sam Scott

Unsung heroes and heroines of all ages step forward at the Pride in Ilfracombe Awards.

Read more
16:39
Barnstaple will see in 2015 with a fireworks display, it has been confirmed.

Firms stump up the cash to help town see in 2015 in style.

Read more
15:04
Exeter Magistrates Court

An Exmouth bus driver has been disqualified from driving after causing a collision.

Read more
12:46
The pups in their new home

Wildlife and Dinosaur Park team up with RSPCA to help seal pups

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Devon�s trusted business finder