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Thousands sign petition against fire station closures

More than 3,500 people have now signed a petition about plans to close eight Devon & Somerset fire stations.

There's currently 85 fire stations and the service is looking to save more than £8 million.

Bosses say incidents have fallen by more than a third in the past decade and some sites 'attend only a handful of fires each year and have more resources than they need'.

In Devon the list includes Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Topsham and Woolacombe.

There could also be changes at Torquay, Paignton, Teignmouth, Brixham, Dartmouth and Totnes.

In Somerset, Kingsdon and Porlock stations are under review.

There could also be changes at Bridgwater, Yeovil. Taunton, martock, Chard, Frome, Wells and Wellington.

A consultation meeting will now also take place at Paignton Library on Tuesday September 3 following concerns that no meeting was planned.

Torbay MP Kevin Foster said: "I will be inviting residents to show their support for my work to retain our firecover, but have decided not to arrange a petition. 

"This is because the Fire Brigades Union is organising one on a non-political basis. 

"It is best residents support one large petition from Firefighter's, rather than one run by a political party or individual politician."

Click play to hear Kevin Foster speaking about the proposed changes

Chris Balcombe is the Fire Brigade's Union's Torbay rep and vice chair for Devon and Somerset

For more about the consultation click here

To read and sign the petition click here

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