Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride is supporting a call from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service for local residents to have their say on their Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) for 2018-2022. More detail, including a copy of the draft plan, details of how to get involved and a questionnaire to capture residents views can be found at The draft aims to:

    • Improve community safety and make a more effective use of Fire & Rescue Service resources;
    • Reduce the incidence of fires; reducing loss of life in fires and accidents; reducing the number and severity of injuries;
    • Safeguard the environment and protect the National Heritage;
    • Provide communities with value for money.

    Mr Stride said:

    “From serious road traffic accidents, to flooding, to dealing with hazardous materials and of course, to tackling fires, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service does extraordinary work and the service is quite right to look ahead at the challenges they face going forward. One key aspect of their IRMP is how we keep older people safe, with those aged 85 or over more than 20 times more likely to be the victim of a fatal fire than someone in their twenties. With the number of people in Devon over the age of 85 set to double in the next two decades I am pleased to see this issue specifically tackled within their plan through Home Fire Safety Visits, educating elderly care partners on fire risks and targeted Fire Safety Checks and Fire Safety Audits with a focus on care homes.”

    The consultation period formally closes on 31 December 2017, and the results are due to be presented to the Fire and Rescue Authority in February 2018.