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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service has made savings by halving the number of hoax calls it attends. It's a result of campaigns in schools and high profile convictions.
They were having to respond to more than four hoax calls a week, putting lives at risk and wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has produced a video to show in schools to warn young people of the dangers of making hoax calls.
The Fire Brigade Union is warning tonight that proposed cuts are the 'most savage ever' and could put public safety at risk.
Today the Devon and Somerset Fire Service revealed that it was facing a 3.4 million pound reduction in its grant from Government this year - with a further reduction of more than 2 million pounds next year. Watch Jacquie Bird's report below.
Front line firefighters in Devon and Somerset could be cut as part of £5.5 million of savings at the fire authority.
The government grant being given to Devon and Somerset Fire Service is being cut by more than 10% this year and a further 7.3% next year.
It's the third worst grant settlement to a fire authority in the country.
Firefighters were told about the proposed cuts this morning.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service is planning to save £3.4 million in the next financial year.
They also want to save another £2 million the year after that. They're having to make the cuts because of a reduction in their government grant. The details of the savings plan will be announced this morning.
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Fire officers will be lost as part of £5.5 million cuts proposed by Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.