Chief Fire Officers across the West Country insist their services will be able to respond to emergencies when firefighters go on strike tomorrow. But they warn response times could be slower.
The Fire Brigades Union has called a four hour strike starting at midday. Its members are unhappy about proposed changes to their retirement age and pension contributions. Duncan Sleightholme reports.
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has produced a video to show in schools to warn young people of the dangers of making hoax calls.
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.
A war of words has broken out over the future of the fire service across Devon and Somerset.
On the one hand, the Fire Brigades Union says lives will be put at risk if some full time firefighters are replaced with part time ones.
On the other, fire service managers say they have no choice but to make the cuts, because of a loss of Government funding.
Jeff Welch reports now on today's developments at a meeting in Clyst St George.
A public consultation on cuts to Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service has been extended until the end of this week.
The service needs to save more than £5 million over the next two years. The proposals include cutting 150 frontline firefighters, manning some fire stations part-time and using more cheaper fire engines.
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.