Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue

Thatch fire warning after Devon pub blaze

Firefighters have issued a warning to owners of thatched properties.

The warning comes following a fire which destroyed the Ring of Bells pub in North Bovey yesterday (Wednesday 13 January).

Ten fire engines attended the incident and fire crews worked throughout the night to extinguish the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby thatched properties. A crew is still at the...

Fire service issues wildfire warning

With sunny weather predicted for this week many people will be encouraged to be outside, whether this is a causal stroll in the countryside or hiking across Dartmoor.

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind walkers and campers to be mindful of the impact and damage that a gorse fire has on the environment. They also tie up valuable fire resources for some time.


Be safe on board your boat

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and the Boat Safety Scheme are encouraging all boat owners to ensure they make their vital safety checks and learn more about fire and carbon monoxide risks, to stay safe this summer when on the water.

In the past 20 years thirty boaters were killed in boat fires and another thirty lost their lives to the ‘silent killer’ carbon monoxide....

Rugby trio represent UK fire service

Three members of staff from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have played for the UK Fire Service Women's Rugby team.

Kezia Lee (winger) is a retained firefighter at Crownhill, Caitlin Short (fly half) is Senior Technical Assets Admin Assistant at Service Headquarters, Exeter, and Bethan Ayling (centre) is a retained firefighter at Tavistock.

They took on the Army...

Fire Service called to 250 weather-related incidents

Latest figures show that 26 people were rescued from 16 cars at separate incidents across Devon and Somerset last night.

The 250 calls responded to by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service also included 26 unsafe structures and 35 flooding calls, including calls to many multiple properties in the same area.

Area Manager Phil Martin said that people were gambling with...

Service invents new way to keep people safe

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has partnered with award-winning home care provider Home Instead Senior Care to keep its clients safer in their homes using a new invention.

The Service has designed a smoke alarm testing stick that will help people check their alarms without having to stand on a stool or step ladder.

Now Caregivers working for Home Instead in...

Honiton house fire claims lives of two teenagers and three year old boy

The 3 year old boy seriously hurt in a house fire in Honiton on Friday died in hospital in Bristol on Saturday.

The tragic death follows the announcement that two teenagers had died on Friday at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

At around 7.48am on Friday 5 April, emergency services were called to a reported house fire at a property in Lee Close, Honiton.

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Important safety notice - potential fire hazard

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service are bringing to local residents' attention the fact that certain older Bosch dishwashers are being recalled as they may be a potential fire hazard.

These are ones manufactured between 1999 and early 2005 for models purchased and used in the United Kingdom only. The affected dishwashers are in the batch number range from FD 7901 to FD 8504...

Family taken to hospital following house fire in Honiton

At around 7.48am this morning, Friday 5 April, emergency services were called to a reported house fire at a property in Lee Close, Honiton.

The Air ambulance and the police helicopter also attended the scene, assisting in the evacuation of casualties to hospital.

Five people were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital following the fire. Four people remain in serious...