Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority is committed to our ambitious plans to end preventable fire and rescue emergencies across the two counties while addressing the funding cuts passed down by the Government.
We provide 83 local fire stations across Devon and Somerset and employ about 2,000 staff, helping to keep a population of 1.8 million safe. On average, we attend about 15,700 incidents every year and provide home safety advice to over 18,000 households. Incidents we attend include flooding, road traffic collisions, fires and other emergencies.
The Fire Authority is the publicly accountable body which manages the fire and rescue service on behalf of the communities of Devon and Somerset. They are seeking feedback about the level of council tax precept for the coming year and how satisfied you are with the service we provide.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority is considering its Council Tax charges for 2021/22. The current charge is £88.24 a year for a Band 'D' property.
Over the last few years, the Government has reduced the funding provided for the fire and rescue service and this will continue. Whilst the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on our finances is currently uncertain, we estimate that by 2022, we will need to reduce our costs by at least £3.3 million and we need to plan a balanced budget that accommodates this while continuing to support our communities.