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  • MP URGES FIRE AUTHORITY TO HOLD ANOTHER PUBLIC 'DROP IN' SESSION OVER STATION CLOSURE

    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has asked the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority told hold another public ‘drop in’ session regarding the proposed closure of Ashburton Fire Station. In discussions with Chief Fire Officer and the Devon County Council Chair of the Authority on Friday, Mr Stride asked if this could be done before the end of the current consultation on six proposals which the authority itself describes as the biggest shake-up of their operations in decades. Ashburton is the only fire station in Central Devon under threat of closure although the crews operating out of Okehampton and Crediton may be reduced. The proximity of fire stations in Buckfastleigh and Bovey Tracey is one of the reasons it has been targeted.

    Teignbridge Councillor Sarah Parker-Khan, who is among those leading the local campaign to keep the fire station open, said:

    “Mel was quick to visit the fire station and meet with our crew manager and other staff when the proposals first came out and we appreciate him lobbying the authority for a second drop-in session to benefit those who couldn’t access the previous one. Our fire station is very much part of the community and we desperately want to see it retained.”

    Mr Stride said:

    “I am naturally very concerned about any loss of service in Ashburton and I have asked for more detail on the 10-minute response standards for Ashburton as well as more information on Preventative and Protection measures. I have also asked for clarity on the alternative options being considered for fire station staff.”







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