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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS)
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS)
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) area
Coverage
Area Devon and Somerset, excluding Bath and North East Somerset and North Somerset
Size 10,000 km2 (3,900 sq mi)
700,000 households.
Population 1,600,000
Operations
Formed 2007 (Combined)
1973 (Devon)
1948 (Somerset)
HQ Clyst St George, Exeter
Staff 2,255
Stations 85
Co-responder 20 Stations
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell
Website Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Fire authority Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service logo

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the counties of Devon and Somerset, including the unitary authorities of Plymouth and Torbay, in South West England. It is the 5th largest fire and rescue service in the United Kingdom.[1]

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was founded on 1 April 2007, following the merger of Devon Fire and Rescue Service with Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.[1] The Somerset service, previously known as Somerset Fire Brigade, was formed on 1 April 1948. Devon Fire Brigade was formed in 1973 by the amalgamation of Exeter City Brigade, Plymouth City Brigade and Devon County Brigade, and became Devon Fire and Rescue Service in 1987.

It is organised operationally into three divisions: Central, Western and Somerset. The service's main headquarters is located at Clyst St George near Exeter.

The service's main training centre is at Service Training Centre (STC) at Plympton fire station.

The service employs 2,255 staff including 798 whole time firefighters and control room staff, 1,208 retained firefighters and 249 non-uniformed staff.[2]

Each county still operates its own control room, in Devon at Service Headquarters, Exeter and in Somerset at Hestercombe House, Taunton. But as part of the FiReControl project, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue's control rooms will switch over to the regional control centre in Taunton. Devon's was originally scheduled to take place in January 2010 and Somerset's was scheduled for October 2009, But now both are May 2011.[3]

Contents

Fire Stations

Greenbank fire station, Plymouth

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service operates 85 fire stations, of which 14 are crewed day and night (wholetime), one day crewed (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00), two volunteer, one special operations station and the remainder are crewed by retained firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call being received. The breakdown of stations is as follows:

  • 6 whole time stations
  • 8 whole time/retained stations
  • 1 day crewed (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00)
  • 67 Retained stations (the largest number in England)[2]
  • 2 volunteer stations
  • 1 special operations station (USAR)

Breakdown of the different areas and locations of each fire station station number: here

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Devon Wholetime

  • Western Command: 48 Camels Head (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Line Rescue Unit, Ranger 4x4), 49 Crownhill (Water Tender Ladder, Turntable Ladder, Two Reserve Water Tender Ladders), 50 Greenbank (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Incident Command Vehicle), 47 Plympton (Water Tender Ladder, Water Foam Carrier, Multi Role Vehicle, Handyman Vehicle, Reserve Water Tender), 51 Plymstock (Water Tender Ladder, Fireboat)

All of the above are in the Plymouth area.

Devon Wholetime / Retained

Torquay fire station
  • Central Command: 01 Barnstaple (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Water Foam Carrier, Handyman Vehicle, Prime Mover, Environmental Pod, Incident Support Unit, Ranger 4x4, Two Reserve Water Tender Ladders), 32 Exeter (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Water Foam Carrier, Handyman Vehicle, Prime Mover, Environmental Pod, Incident Support Unit, High Volume Pump, Ranger 4x4, Two Reserve Water Tender Ladders), 33 Exmouth (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender 4x4, Incident Command Vehicle, Two Rescue Vehicles, Ranger 4x4), 60 USAR, Service Headquarters (Pick-Up, Prime Mover, Prime Mover Module 1, Prime Mover Module 4 (+ Bobcat), Prime Mover (+ Sub Module), USAR Timber)
  • Western Command: 18 Paignton (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Prime Mover, Environmental Pod, Incident Support Unit), 17 Torquay (Two Water Tender Ladders, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Water Foam Carrier, Handyman Vehicle, Ranger 4x4, Two Reserve Water Tender Ladders)

Devon Day Crewed

  • Central Command: 02 Ilfracombe (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Incident Command Vehicle, Line Rescue Unit, Ranger 4x4)

Devon Retained

Ivybridge fire station
  • Western Command: 19 Ashburton (Water Tender Ladder), 52 Bere Alston (Water Tender Ladder), 20 Bovey Tracey (Water Tender Ladder, Ranger 4x4, Incident Response Unit), 21 Brixham (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender), 22 Buckfastleigh (Water Tender Ladder), 23 Chagford (Water Tender Ladder, Emergency Response Unit), 24 Dartmouth (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender), 25 Dawlish (Water Tender Ladder, Ranger 4x4), 53 Ivybridge (Water Tender Ladder, Prime Mover, Environmental Pod, Incident Support Unit, Emergency Response Unit), 26 Kingsbridge (Water Tender Ladder), 55 Modbury (Water Tender Ladder), 27 Moretonhampstead (Water Tender Ladder, Emergency Response Unit), 28 Newton Abbot (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender), 56 Princetown (Water Tender 4x4, Ranger 4x4), 29 Salcombe (Water Tender Ladder), 57 Tavistock (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Hoselayer, Ranger 4x4), 30 Teignmouth (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender), 31 Totnes (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Incident Command Vehicle, Ranger 4x4), 58 Yelverton (Water Tender Ladder)

Devon Volunteer

Kingston fire station
  • Central Command: 85 Lundy Island (Ranger 4x4, Bowser, two trailer pumps) - Lundy Island now has a formally recognised fire station. Up until June 2008 the fire station had little support from its mainland companions, other than training. The fire station has been given official volunteer status (its crew is made up of 9 volunteers, most of which are coastguard volunteers too). The island was presented with its own Ranger to assist with tackling incidents. The Service was assisted by the Royal Marines in transporting the vehicle to Lundy. [4]
  • Western Command: 54 Kingston (Water Tender 4x4)

Somerset Wholetime / Retained

Taunton fire station
  • Somerset Command: 62 Bridgwater (Two Water Tender Ladders, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Water Foam Carrier, Incident Command Vehicle, Hoselayer, Animal Rescue Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle, Canteen Unit, Fire and Emergency Support Service (British Red Cross), 61 Taunton (Two Water Tender Ladders, Water Tender, Aerial Ladder Platform, Incident Support Unit, Rescue Tender, Incident Response Unit, Two High Volume Pumps, Light 4x4 vehicle), 73 Yeovil (Water Tender Ladder, Two Water Tenders, Aerial Ladder Platform, Water Foam Carrier, Incident Support Unit, Rescue Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle)

Somerset Retained

Glastonbury fire station
  • Somerset Command: 63 Burnham-on-Sea (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Bulk Foam Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 74 Castle Cary (Water Tender Ladder, Light 4x4 vehicle, 75 Chard (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 76 Cheddar (Water Tender Ladder, Pinzgauer, Light 4x4 vehicle), Chelston Workshops (Reserves Two Water Tenders, Light 4x4 vehicle, Water Foam Carrier, Rescue Tender), 77 Crewkerne (Water Tender Ladder, Light 4x4 vehicle), 64 Dulverton (Water Tender Ladder, Pinzgauer, Light 4x4 vehicle), 78 Frome (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 65 Glastonbury (Water Tender 4x4, Rescue Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 79 Ilminster (Water Tender Ladder, Incident Command Vehicle), 80 Martock (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 66 Minehead (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender 4x4, Light 4x4 vehicle), 67 Nether Stowey (Water Tender 4x4, Brendon Pump Unit), 68 Porlock (Water Tender 4x4, Supacat, Light 4x4 vehicle), 81 Shepton Mallet (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Brendon Pump Unit), 82 Somerton (Water Tender Ladder, Light 4x4 vehicle), 69 Street (Water Tender Ladder, Incident Command Vehicle), 70 Wellington (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 83 Wells (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light Utility Vehicle), 71 Williton (Water Tender Ladder, Water Tender, Light 4x4 vehicle), 84 Wincanton (Water Tender Ladder, Light 4x4 vehicle), 72 Wiveliscombe (Water Tender Ladder, Incident Command Vehicle)

Cheddar and Dulverton each operate a Pinzgauer which is a specially built 6x6 vehicle. They are located to tackle tough terrains in their respective locations. The Supacat at Porlock is a high mobility fire fighting appliance. It is transported on a trailer to incidents that are difficult to access.

Co-responder Stations

Emergency Response Unit (Co-responder vehicle)

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service works in partnership with South Western Ambulance Service to provide emergency medical cover to areas of Devon and Somerset. These are areas that have been identified as having a greater need for ambulance cover. The aim of a co-responder team is to preserve life until the arrival of either a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) or an ambulance. Co-responder vehicles are equipped with oxygen and automatic external defibrillation (AED) equipment.[5]

As of May 2008, Co-responder stations are getting a dedicated vehicle for Co-responder calls. The new vehicle known as the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), replaces the fire appliance from going, providing there are enough crew still on duty to allow the fire appliance to remain available.

14 of Devon fire stations operating as co-responders:

  • Axminster 34
  • Chagford 23
  • Combe Martin 07
  • Crediton 38
  • Dawlish 25
  • Hartland 08
  • Hatherleigh 09
  • Holsworthy 10
  • Ivybridge 53
  • Lynton 11
  • Moretonhampstead 27
  • Princetown 56
  • Seaton 42
  • Woolacombe 16

In addition, the following 6 Somerset fire stations have been set up as co-responders:

  • Cheddar 76
  • Crewkerne 77
  • Dulverton 64
  • Nether Stowey 67
  • Porlock 68
  • Williton 71

Station Grounds

The M5 Motorway

The M5 motorway is the arterial route through Devon and Somerset. It is the main link to the south west from London, Bristol and the North. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service divide the M5 in to sections so that the nearest appliances attend.

Station Grounds for M5

Northbound - Bravo

  • J31 - J30 : 59 Middlemoor
  • J30 - J29 : 59 Middlemoor
  • J29 - J28 : 59 Middlemoor
  • J28 - J27 : 39 Cullompton
  • J27 - J26 : 39 Cullompton
  • J26 - J25 : 70 Wellington
  • J25 - J24 : 61 Taunton
  • J24 - J23 : 62 Bridgwater
  • J23 - J22 : 62 Bridgwater
  • J22 - J21 : 63 Burnham-On-Sea

Southbound - Alpha

  • J21 - J22 : Avon FRS 18 Weston-Super-Mare
  • J22 - J23 : 63 Burnham-On-Sea
  • J23 - J24 : 62 Bridgwater
  • J24 - J25 : 62 Bridgwater
  • J25 - J26 : 61 Taunton
  • J26 - J27 : 70 Wellington
  • J27 - J28 : 39 Cullompton
  • J28 - J29 : 59 Middlemoor
  • J29 - J30 : 59 Middlemoor
  • J30 - J31 : 59 Middlemoor

HMNB Devonport

HMNB Devonport Dockyard, in Plymouth, is home to twenty one of the Royal Navy's fleet of ships and submarines.

The dockyard falls into the station ground of 48 Camels Head, and is backed up by 50 Greenbank. Each part of the dockyard is divided in to risk areas - this then reflects in the level of attendance by the Fire Service.

Some parts of the dockyard are considered a very high risk - therefore attract a high attendance - sometimes as many as four pumping appliances and the aerial ladder platform are mobilised to a fire alarm actuating; in contrast to one pumping appliance to a town dwelling.

Hinkley Point

Hinkley Point is a headland on the coast of Somerset. It comprises two nuclear power stations (Hinkley Point A and Hinkley Point B) . Hinkley Point B is the only active site. Hinkley Point has its own fire station, backed up by 67 Nether Stowey - and would then be backed up by 62 Bridgwater. There is a planned new nuclear power station that will be Hinkley Point C .

Fire Appliances

Devon and Somerset use a variety of front-line and special appliances.[6][7]

Water Tender Ladder

Water Tender Ladder (WrL)

A water tender ladder's major capabilities include pumping up to 3,000 litres (660 gallons) per minute between two locations. It has a storage capacity of 1,800 litres (396 gallons). The pump carries a range of ladders up to 13.5 metres (44 ft). Inside the cab are four sets of compressed air breathing apparatus. Each pump has several lockers on the external of the pump. Inside there is a set of powered hydraulic rescue equipment, a thermal imaging camera, water rescue equipment, a positive pressure fans and safety at height equipment. There are occasions when a Water Tender, and not the Water Tender Ladder, would be mobilised first. To keep the Water Tender Ladder 'on the run' and available; the Water Tender may attend incidents where a house is flooded or where someone has locked themselves out. The Water Tender Ladder carries the call sign V station number P1 e.g. V17P1.

Water Tender

Water Tender (WrT)

These appliances are broadly similar to the water tender ladders, but carry a different range of equipment, with ladders up to 10.5 metres (34 ft). They are not the primary responder to a road traffic collision - despite carrying hydaulic cutting equipment, the equipment is not as robust or effective as of that carried on a Water Tender Ladder. The water tenders are used to support water tender ladders at property fires and to attend miscellaneous calls. A water tender, like its counterpart, is capable of carrying up to six fire fighters. The Water Tender carries the call sign V station number P2 e.g. V17P2.

Incident Command Vehicle

Incident Command Vehicle (ICV)

These vehicles perform the role of an on site control point, providing a single point of contact with the control rooms. The control units are mobilised to large or protracted incidents. Often, they are mobilised when four or more appliances are mobilised; or when the Incident Commander requests the attendance of additional appliances, taking the total to four or more. They control all communications on the incident ground and provide a single point of contact for the control room and Incident Commanders.

Environmental and Incident Support Units (Prime Mover)

These vehicles are used to provide logistical support to large incidents and carry additional equipment that compliments what is carried on front line appliances. They carry a large range of special equipment for controlling chemical spills and protecting the environment.

Water Foam Carrier

Water Foam Carrier

The FRS use a number of water carriers, which enable large quantities of water to be transported to support fires in rural areas or where additional water is required. Each carrier holds 9,000 litres of water. A number of them also carry 1,000 litres (220 gallons) of firefighting foam. The Water Foam Carriers carries the call sign V station number W3 e.g. V17W3.

Hose Layer

The FRS has three Hose Laying Vehicles which are used to enable the pumping of water from a water source to support a large incident. Each hose layer carries almost 1.5 kilometres (0.9 mi) of hose.

Multi Role Vehicle (MRV)

The Multi Role Vehicle (MRV) is primarily used as a foam unit that is used to support firefighting operations involving petrol, fuels and other hydrocarbons. There are a number of hydrocarbon installations in the region and considerable amounts are transported through the region by road and rail. These units also support aircraft incidents both on airfield sites and in remote locations.

Rescue Vehicle

These vehicles carry a wide range of special equipment that is used to support operations at road traffic collisions and other rescue situations. They carry boats to provide water borne rescue capabilities, along with other equipment to assist at different rescue situations.

Aerial Ladder Platform

Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP)

Aerial Ladder Platforms, also known as Brontos, are located at strategic locations across the FRS. They all have a working height of 30 metres (98 ft) and are used both to carry out rescues from height, and also as firefighting platforms. They are also used to give firefighters safe access into fires. Occasionally they are also used to monitor a fire from above, or provide lighting.

Fireboat

The Fireboat "Vigiles" is located in Plymouth and is used to protect the Royal Naval Dockyard, the oil storage facilities and the commercial shipping that uses the port. Its high speed enables it to carry out a rescue role.

Off Road Appliances (WrT)

Due to the rural nature of Devon and Somerset, a number of vehicles are used that are capable of reaching fires that occur on the commons, moors and heathlands of the region. These all carry specialised firefighting equipment designed for the purpose. The Off Road Appliances carries the call sign V station number P1 e.g. V56P2.

Line Rescue Unit

Specially trained crews use these vehicles to carry out rescues on the cliffs and quarry faces across the region.

Support Vehicles

These vehicles, commonly known as Rangers, are used to support operations by providing logistics and access in difficult terrain. In some cases they may be fitted with special firefighting units to support heath and moorland fires. The Rangers carries the call sign V station number P8 e.g. V20P8.

Emergency Response Unit (Co-responder vehicle)

Emergency Response Unit (ERU) (Co-responder vehicle)

Co-responder stations have begun rolling out a dedicated vehicle for Co-responder calls so the fire appliance to remain available. The vehicles are equipped with oxygen and automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment. The Emergency Response Unit carries the call sign V station number V1 e.g. V27V1.

Incident Response Unit (IRU)

The fire and rescue service operates four Incident Response Units (IRUs). They are stationed at Chelston Business Park, near Wellington and Taunton fire station in Somerset and Okehampton and Bovey Tracey Fire Stations in Devon. They are supplied by the Department for Communities and Local Government, to respond to an incident involving mass decontamination - defined as incidents where more than one person can be decontaminated simultaneously using the same equipment. Each IRU is maintained by a host station with assistance from support stations which all receive training on the equipment at regular periods throughout the year. See External links for more information on the IRU.

High Volume Pump (HVP)

The High Volume Pump have the capability of delivering large volumes of water of great distances utilising additional pumps. They can pump 7,000 litres/min and Hose can be deployed utilising the 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) hose boxes at a maximum speed of 25 miles per hour (40 km/h). It also carries a variety of ancillary equipment including, hose adaptors, 5-way manifolds, Y-pieces, gate valves, non-return valves, water safety equipment, harnesses & lanyards, hose ramps, change of direction equipment, edge protection, sack trolley and lighting, cones & tape.

Urban Search and Rescue

The FRS has an Urban search and rescue team (USAR), one of 21 teams strategically located around England and Wales. They are equipped with five modules carrying varying equipment to deal with a large range of incidents including structural collapse, large transport incidents, open area searches, heavy lifting operations, shoring and many more. The Urban Search and Rescue is station 60 and based at the service's main headquarters, in Exeter.

The Fire and Emergency Support Service (British Red Cross)

The British Red Cross fire and emergency support service helps to meet the needs of individuals who have suffered damage to their homes following a domestic property fire, flood or similar emergency. Two units operating in Devon and Somerset based at the based Plymouth Red Cross Centre and Bridgwater Fire Station[8] are dedicated volunteers. What they do includes: Refreshments, Clothing, Toiletries, Use of an onboard telephone, First aid, Sign posting to other organisations, Support with the care of children and pets, Assistance in securing temporary accommodation, Transport to friends/family and Use of shower/washing and toilet facilities.

Operations

  • Brixham is top on the list to get a new fire station but the service has not got the money for it yet.[9]
  • It is expected that, in 2010, Camels Head, Exeter, Torquay, Taunton and Yeovil will get new Aerial Ladder Platforms.[10]
  • As part of the FiReControl project, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue's control rooms will switch over to the regional control centre in Taunton. Both control rooms will cutover in May 2011. [3]

Mutual assistance

The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004, gives fire services the power to assist other fire services or fire authorities in what is known as mutual assistance.[11].

The fire services that adjoin the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service are as follows:

Noticeable Incidents

On 6 October 2004 the large Trago Mills shopping centre near Newton Abbot was involved in a major fire which eventually went to a 25 pump attendance. This was the largest fire in Devon for many years. Due to the efforts of attending crews much of the site was saved and was partially reopened for business just over a week later. At the fires height press reports indicate 15 main jets in use along with 3 ALP monitors.

Children and Young People

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has a number of schemes for young people[13].

They operate Four fire cadet units at Taunton, Frome, Newton Abbot and Torquay fire stations, for boys and girls aged 11 to 17 the opportunity to work with Fire and Rescue Service equipment and learn to work together as a team.

Firebreak is a personal development scheme for Key Stage 4 pupils (ages 14-16 years). It provides a novel Fire and Rescue Service themed educational diet designed to compliment and enhance the school curriculum.

Our Firesetter Intervention programme is designed to address firesetting behaviour amongst children and young people up to the age of 19 years.

Phoenix is a six month programme, primarily designed to reduce fire risk and fire related crime within local communities by working with 'at-risk' young people between the ages of 15-18 years.

See also

Other emergency services

References

  1. ^ a b "Brigade 'based on local response'". BBC News. 26 March 2007. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6495517.stm. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  2. ^ a b "About The Service". Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Services. http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/DevonFire/AboutUs/. Retrieved 2008-12-14.  
  3. ^ a b http://www.swfirecontrol.co.uk/whatisfirecontrol.asp
  4. ^ Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Newsdesk
  5. ^ SWAST Fire Co Responders
  6. ^ http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/DevonFire/OperationalResponse/Vehicles/ Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service Appliances
  7. ^ http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/NR/rdonlyres/8FDE83F1-1BC8-4C3E-A8A5-4BA0805F2D4C/0/CombinedApplianceList.pdf/
  8. ^ http://www.bridgwatermercury.co.uk/news/4054209.Red_Cross_unveil_new_emergency_van/
  9. ^ http://www.thisissouthdevon.co.uk/news/Chief-s-vow-rebuild-shabby-station/article-946168-detail/article.html
  10. ^ http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/Newsdesk/ViewPressRelease.asp?ReleaseID=190
  11. ^ Fire and Rescue Act 2004
  12. ^ http://newtonabbotfirestation.weebly.com/incidents-trago-mills.html
  13. ^ http://www.dsfire.gov.uk/DevonFire/ChildrenAndYoungPeople/

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