Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service facing 24% budget cuts

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service facing 24% budget cuts

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing a 24 percent cut in the funding that it receives from central government.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is facing budget cuts of 24 percent, following the the confirmation of the Local Government Settlement by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Local Government Settlement outlines figures detailing how the central grant will be allocated to metropolitan and combined authorities in England. 

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) is set to face some of the biggest cuts, with the highest budget cuts being made to Shropshire and Hereford and Worcester Services, both of which are having their grants cut by 28 percent. 

Local Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said: 'Following reductions to our finance settlement from government, we have managed our grant reductions so far without having to close fire stations or make compulsory redundancies and taking a long term view has helped us plan for the future. 

'We want to continue to do the right things for the right reasons, not just to reduce costs, and we are going to manage our budget very carefully over the next four years.'

The budget cuts follow substantial reductions in central funding since 2010, during which time 10,000 firefighter jobs have been cut. 

Between March 2015 and April 2016, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received 23,562 emergency calls and attended 17,707 incidents. Of those incidents, 3,988 were fires, 8,657 were 'special service incidents', and 5,062 were false alarms.