Torbay MP Adrian Sanders is meeting Blue Watch at Torquay fire station tomorrow (2pm, March 27) to hear concerns over the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service’s proposals to reduce the number of full-time firefighters.
The proposal is to downgrade one of Torquay’s three fire engines from whole-time to on-call firefighters, meaning a reduction in staffing levels and the potential for delays when attending fire incidents, especially those requiring multiple fire engines.
Torquay’s unique position of being a coastal resort with a large population increase in the Summer provides additional challenges in responding to fires that are not experienced by similar sized settlements such as Exeter.
Adrian told the PRSD: “While all areas of the public sector need to tighten their belts, the focus of any cuts must be on non-frontline services. I am very concerned that these proposals have not been thought through and that Torbay could suffer as a result.
“I am keen to take up the concerns of Torbay’s firefighters and I shall be urging the Fire Authority to do all it can to shift the focus of the cuts to back office functions.”
(from a press release)