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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 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 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.

Fire officers liaise with organisations to ensure that their buildings are adhering to fire safety legislation. They also visit homes and give safety advice and install smoke alarms.

The service also carries out school educational visits, road traffic collision educational programmes, youth inclusion programmes, arson reduction programmes and targeted home safety visits.

The service has 84 stations, the second largest number in England.

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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

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 – 2019/20

Service Area

3,923 square miles

Population

1.76m people
up4% local 5 yr change

Workforce

35% wholetime firefighters
65% on-call firefighters
0.86 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down7% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

84 stations
118 fire engines

Incidents

2.4 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£26.96 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Lee Howell