Save Colyton Fire Station
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THIS PETITION IS NOT DIRECTLY FROM OR DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH THE FIRE SERVICE/STATION, THIS IS AN INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY BASED PETITION SEEKING TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL AMENITIES.
STATEMENT FROM THE FIRE STATION:
“Some advice regarding petitions against station closures. These petitions are a good way to encourage public support and demonstrate public opinion. However, in terms of achieving change, petitions have become less effective with the rise of on-line platforms that people can sign, without necessarily demonstrating they have engaged and understood the issues involved.
The FRSA primarily asks people to use the Service's Public Consultation process to give their views, but also use secondary tools like petitions to back this up.” - Please follow this accordingly so we may go about this in the right manner.
Due to shifts in the population of Devon and Somerset, a change to our emergency services is being proposed.
One of the options to tackle this is to close Colyton Fire Station.
As a community, we cannot let this happen. On these rural roads, sparse fire stations and not to mention recent callouts for the need to have this station, this must not go ahead.
There must be a way around closing down stations that are needed in our communities. The Colyton fire service are a hard working group, and have been involved in some of the most devastating fires in the region.
Colyton geographically is situated in small distance from neighbouring towns, making its fire station not only a life line for colyton itself, but for surrounding areas, thus being one of the best back up stations equally, supporting other departments.
Not only is the practical function of the station a vital amenity in our community, but also the historical value it brings to our town. Colyton Fire Station (known as station number 37) was founded in 1641 by The Feoffees, who have supported many public initiatives, beginning with the founding of Colyton Grammar School in 1546. An early water supply was introduced in 1641 when they arranged for ‘spring water to be channelled into a leat (ditch), cut through meadows and collected in a ‘large underground tank’ which is still in existence.
Do not forget that fire services do not only fight fires. They are a vital support line when attending RTCs and other non-fire related accidents.
This petition is to make those responsible for the decision to revise their thoughts and keep our fire station where it is.
Please sign and make this known to all.
We will fight for our fire station.
Colyton, the most Rebellious town in Devon.
Changes need to be made, but let’s make sure they are the right ones.
Contact me @: Jamescrossrobin@gmail.com
Or via text @: 07399882907
Text taken from the Colyton Fire Station Facebook Page:
“History of Colyton Fire Station
Did you know that Colyton Fire Brigade is one of the oldest in the Britain? In 1641 The Feofees created an early water supply to the town followed by the creation of Colyton Fire Brigade. Their equipment was probably a bit different to what we use now with leather buckets and hoses.
The engine which dates back to the 18th century was aquired from the Woolwich Arsenal in 1863. It was used until 1934, and later ended up in the playing fields for the local children to clamber over.
It was later sold to the Museum of London, the word ‘Feoffees’ was painted on the engine but it has since been restored and repainted in green.
Since then the station has seen a few more modern fire engines come and go.”
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