A woman has been rescued after a house fire in Devon. Crews were called to the property in Clanage Street, Bishopsteignton just after 7am. Fire fighters forced their way into the house where there was a small fire in the ground floor kitchen. A woman was lead to safety.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service say the cause of fire was accidental.
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has been named by charity Stonewall as among the top gay-friendly employers.
The emergency service placed 54th out of 100 employers. They said they are proud to have made the list.
More than 40 firefighters have been tackling a fire at Hatherleigh Cattle Market in Devon. They were called out at 3.30am. 10% of the cattle market buildings and offices were on fire but crews report that they are making good progress.
The Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset said he was truly delighted to have been appointed as the Welsh Government's Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser and Inspector for Wales.
Lee Howell said he was looking forward to providing high quality independent advice based on 25 years public, private and charity sector experience in order to support the Welsh Government in its work.
The Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset is going part time to take a consultancy role in Wales.
Lee Howell has been hired by the Welsh government to work as an adviser and inspector for the fire service.
The Fire Brigades Union says it is furious with the announcement.
It says in a time of cuts to Devon and Somerset Fire services the decision to go part-time is a "kick in the teeth" for local fire crews.
Proposals to reduce the numbers of full-time firefighters and stations in Devon and Somerset are going to the vote later this morning. The county's fire authority has to make cuts of around eight million pounds in the next two years. The number of back-office staff will also be cut.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service members will vote on saving proposals next Wednesday (10th July). The service will be looking at how to make £8 million in savings by 2015.
The proposals include increasing work in the community to prevent fires and changing the way some fire engines are crewed by having ‘on- call’ Firefighters.
The Service is also reducing support staff numbers and this year alone plans to reduce numbers by around 40 posts. Senior posts have also been reduced. From 2010, the Chief Fire Officer has reduced the Senior Management Board from nine Directors to four.
The Chief Fire Officer at Devon and Somerset Fire Service is defending the savings they have announced.
Devon and Somerset Fire Service say they will be making 40 non-operational job cuts this year, which is 13% of staff. They say this will not include any compulsory redundancies but will be found through deleting empty jobs, retirements and redeployment.
They say they have entered discussions with Avon Fire Service about a merger but currently the talks are about collaboration instead.
Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell says the savings required are unprecedented in the history of the fire service.