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.
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.