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South West face on-call firefighters recruitment crisis

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Fire crews across the South West are facing a recruitment crisis.

There are currently 1,000 on-call firefighters in Devon and Somerset, but still 384 vacancies needed to be filled.

Retained fire crews have to be on call for up to 84 hours a week, part-time firefighters have to be on-call for up to 63.

Dawlish currently only has 11 on-call firefighters, instead of a normal full team of 17-18.

We caught up with Seb, who must be ready to respond to any emergency within just minutes:

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