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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is the largest non-metropolitan fire and rescue service in England. It provides prevention, protection and response services across the counties of Devon and Somerset (including Plymouth and Torbay).

The service has 85 stations, the second largest number in England. It works to protect the 1.7 million people who live in Devon and Somerset. An additional 400,000 people visit the region every year.

The service aims to secure residents’ properties from damage of flood or fires, provide specialist animal rescue and respond to medical trauma on behalf of the South West Ambulance Service Trust through their network of co-responders.

The service provides community safety advice, education and intervention. Fire officers liaise with organisations to ensure that their buildings are adhering to fire safety legislation. They also visit homes and give safety advice, install smoke alarms and provide guidance about how to keep safe.

The service also carries out school educational visits, road traffic collision educational programmes for all ages, youth inclusion programmes, arson reduction programmes, general public safety campaigns and advice, targeted home safety visits, and works to reduce the number of false alarm calls.

Connect with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams
    is HMI for Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Western fire region

Contact Wendy Williams
(e-mail address)

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts

Service Area

3,921 square miles


1.74m people 3% local 5 yr change


37% wholetime 63% on-call
1.02 per 1000 population local 1 national level
16% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change


85 stations 197 appliances


2.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
5.6 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
3.3 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national


£23,890 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year £22,380 Firefighter cost per 1000 population per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Glenn Askew