Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Drivers urged to take extra care this summer

Authored by Mary

In summertime throughout Devon and Somerset the roads become busier than ever as holiday makers arrive. Watching your speed is important throughput the year but Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is asking all road users to take extra care during the summer months.

According to the latest Statistics from Road Casualties Great Britain, in 2013 speed was involved in...

Firefighters' union plans further strike next week

Authored by News Desk

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced further strike action in England and Wales between 10am and 2pm on Wednesday 13 November.

The plans for the latest in a series of walkouts comes after what the union has described as "unnecessary and inflammatory" action by the government's Fire Minister Brandon Lewis MP.

The FBU claims that three hours before firefighters were due to...

Plymouth Hoe hosts spectacular Bonfire Night evening of music, lights and fireworks

Authored by JenniferJ

Plymouth Hoe is hosting a spectacular Bonfire Night fireworks display this evening.

The evening, which started at 6.00pm, includes music and lighting as well as the traditional fireworks display.

The countdown to the pyrotechnic action got underway at 6pm with entertainment from the stage on the Hoe promenade with Heart FM entertaining the crowd from its show stage until 9pm...

Staying safe on Bonfire Night: Advice from the Fire Service

Authored by JamesM

With Bonfire Night fast approaching, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have issued advice to the public about staying safe.

Whether you are organising a display for your friends, family or the general public the storage, handling and use of fireworks must be done with the utmost care. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service want you to have a good time this year, but stay safe. By...

Fire crews rescue labrador puppy stuck in a wine rack

Authored by JenniferJ

A ten-week-old puppy that found itself stuck in a wine rack has been rescued by Fire and Rescue crews.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service attended the incident at a property in Mary Street, Bovey Tracey where they found the labrador puppy stuck in a wine rack.

They got to work to release the puppy using small tools.

The puppy was released unharmed.

Firefighters' union calls two further strikes after talks break down

Authored by JenniferJ

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced two further firefighters’ strikes to take place on Friday 1 November between 6.30pm and 11pm and Monday 4 November between 6am and 8am.

The union says it has called the four and a half hour and two hour walkouts after government and fire employers failed to offer any firm guarantees for firefighters facing "no job and no pension" as a...

Tick Tock Test your smoke alarm this clock change weekend

Authored by JamesM

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is taking part in the Fire Kills campaign this coming clock change weekend. The Service is determined to prevent as many fire deaths as possible and encourages everyone to test their smoke alarms when they change their clocks on the 27 October.

The Fire Kills campaign have launched a memorable phrase – Tick, Tock, Test – which provides a...

Fire service offers tips for storing retail Christmas stock safely

Authored by JamesM

The retail sector will be getting ready for one of their busiest times of year - Christmas. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have highlighted that in order to ensure maximum sales, some retailers will fill every available space with merchandise. The Service says that this can mean that escape routes and fire exits that normally are empty become a fire hazard area full of extra...

Fire service to stop attending non-residential false alarms that "waste public money"

Authored by JamesM

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has announced it will no longer attend automatic fire alarms for non-residential properties during weekday daytime hours.

The policy change will come into effect from 1 November and will apply between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

The Service says that false alarms arising from automatic fire alarm systems result in increased ‘blue light’...

Call for on-call firefighters in Crownhill, Plympton and Plymstock

Authored by Paul Slaven

Could you be an on-call firefighter? Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is holding recruitment open evenings for people who live or work within five minutes of Plymstock, Plympton or Crownhill fire stations.

On-call firefighters are paid to respond to emergencies from their workplace or from home when needed. Often they are self-employed or work for an employer within the area...