Devon and Somerset Fire Services extends consultation
- 17 April 2013
- From the section England
A public consultation on controversial cuts to Devon and Somerset fire service has been extended until the end of next week.
It follows a public meeting in Torbay when the proposals, that would result in frontline fire fighting cover reduced, were strongly criticised.
More than 16,000 people in Torbay have now signed a petition opposing the cuts.
Fire service officials said safety would not be compromised.
Proposed cuts include making some full-time crewed appliances part-time.
The fire service is losing 17% of its government grant over the next two years, meaning it has to find £5.5m-worth of savings.
The consultation had been due to end on 22 April.