Devon and Somerset fire and rescue have announced plans to cut the whole-time fire fighters at Taunton fire station by 50%. This will mean the second fire engine at Taunton will become an "On Call" fire engine.It will be crewed by retained fire fighters.
There is a real danger to public and fire fighter safety because of the time it takes retained fire fighters to mobilise and crew the fire engine and the time it takes to arrive at the scene of operations.Taunton is the county town of Somerset and is expanding rapidly the population is growing and there are plans to increase the infrastructure through capital projects , such as building another relief road through the town.Taunton fire station is unlike other stations in the service as it is surrounded by retained stations , the nearest whole-time crewed station is Bridgwater.It also sits on the M5 corridor were a 2 fire engine attendance is always required.
Devon and Somerset fire and rescue have launched proposals for public consultation and they can be found here:-
Fbu Taunton branch have launched a campaign agagainst the proposed cuts and have set up an e-petition here:-
Fbu Taunton branch also has a twitter page @fbutaunton and a facebook page @fbu taunton branch
There have been news articles and various offers of support from lots of people. Fire fighters have been out in town handing out flyers and collecting signatures and engaging with the citizens of Taunton and have a had a very good response. Most of the people talked too were unaware of what was proposed.There is a demo organised for the 16th Feb in Taunton town centre where firefighters and there supporters will be handing out flyers and collecting signatures to present to the Fire Authority before the 22nd April.