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PETITION: Torquay firefighters take 'Stop the Cuts' campaign to shoppers

By HEPaulGreaves  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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FIREFIGHTERS from the Torquay station will be hitting the shopping streets this weekend as part of the campaign to 'Stop the Fire Cuts'.

A crew will be setting up a stall outside the H&M clothes shop in Union Street on Saturday, March 2.

They will be handing out leaflets and asking members of the public to sign the petition against proposed cuts to the full-time crew arrangements.

The Herald Express is supporting the firefighters in their campaign.

The Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service wants to make £5.5million of cuts over two years.

It proposes axing Torquay's second full-time crew and replacing it with a retained one.

Firefighters say this will effectively mean losing one of the town's three engines. The service says the third engine will still be available.

The stall will open at 10am and run until 2pm.  

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  • Noblebranch  |  February 27 2013, 10:14PM

    Please come along on Saturday and have a chat with local Fire fighters and hear their concerns, If after talking to them you feel they have no case to answer, then don't sign their petition, or take a leaflet. I suspect not many will walk away without signing up to prevent dangerous and life threatening cuts to front line fire cover. With support from a Retired Chief Fire Officer from Somerset and a Retired Senior fire Officer who was in charge of Torquay/Torbay, together with Local MPs,Torbay Councillors and the General Public, local 24/7 fire crews know that right is on their side, regarding the safety of the community.

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  • uquip  |  February 27 2013, 6:02PM

    Although we all support the fire service and hope we never need them (though living near the centre of Torquay probably means we will need their services more than others) the public sector demanding no job cuts, no modernisation and 'can you spare some change mate' is all getting a bit tiresome. The Herald constantly bombarding us with these little politically motivated petitions is all a bit much, what happened to a free and unbiased press.

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