Two fires at council-owned sheltered properties in Budleigh Salterton confirmed as arson

Authored by News Desk

Two small fires within five days at the Greenhaven sheltered properties in Budleigh Salterton are being investigated as arson by police.

The 24 flats are owned by East Devon District Council who are working alongside the Police and Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue who were called out to both incidents.

The first fire was in the early hours of Friday 24 July when a...

Investigation launched into fire at Exmouth Pavilions

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A fire overnight at the East Devon District Council-owned Exmouth Pavilions is being investigated today.

The fire is believed to have started in an external storage bin at just after 2am.

There was 10 per cent smoke and fire damage to the basement of the property and 20 per cent smoke and fire damage to the first floor.

The Pavilions café, which re-opened last...

RSPCA ensures every fire engine has animal oxygen masks

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Every one of the 121 fire engines in Devon and Somerset will soon be equipped with animal oxygen masks – thanks to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA).

For a number of years, the Service has worked with the charity Smokey Paws to enable local groups and organisations to generously provide the masks to their local fire stations.

Now the RSPCA has...

Do you want to make a difference in Stonehouse, Plymouth?

Authored by News Desk

Do you have a great idea but not sure how to make it happen?

If so then Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) would like to invite you to their information evening that will be held at ‘The Street Factory’ to explain how you could receive funding to bring your idea to life.

Station Manager, Ros Clarke said: "This is all about inclusion and empowering the community...

From the Community - For the Community

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Three Plympton firefighters proved popular on social media after one of their colleagues posted on the Fire Station Facebook page a photo of them in the back of a fire engine returning from a call-out. You may well have seen their photo as they are now part of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Services recruitment campaign for on-call firefighters throughout Devon and Somerset.


Help and information hub set up for Mount Wise tower block residents

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Devonport tower block residents can drop into a multi-agency information hub to get information and updates about fire safety issues.

Plymouth City Council, Plymouth Community Homes and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have opened the hub at Devonport Live in 60 George Street to help answer questions in relation to the three tower blocks following the confirmation that cladding...

Have you checked you thatch roof is safe?

Authored by Mike Page

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service remind you to make sure your chimneys are safe and clean as possible, especially if you own a thatched property. Last year the fire service attended a total of 26 thatched fires of these, 23 were chimney fires and three were thatch roof fires.

According to English Heritage the number of thatched properties listed in Devon and Somerset is 5...

Ensuring fire safety in the home

Authored by News Desk

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have recently formed an exciting new prevention partnership in the area of home safety with Livewell Southwest; a major health and social care provider within Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon.

Livewell SW is community based and they engage with a range of people of different ages and vulnerabilities, often in their home environment....

Have a joyful and fire safe Christmas

Authored by News Desk

The Christmas tree sparkles with fairy lights, the presents are all wrapped, candles lights flicker and a cosy fire is lit – Christmas has arrived! Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service want you to have a joyful and fire safe Christmas this year.

Fire safety is important at any time of the year, but with the extra distractions of Christmas it’s especially important to be vigilant...

Man charged following fires in flats

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A man has been charged following a fire at flats in Plymouth.

In the early hours of Thursday the 16th June, Devon and Somerset Fire Rescue Service were called to Valletort Flats in Stonehouse, Plymouth following reports of a fire within the area. Six properties in the area were evacuated but no one was injured.

Gary Buckland, aged 49 from Valletort Flats, Plymouth has been...


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