Somerset and Devon combined: fire authorities agree.(News)

The combination of Somerset and Devon Fire and rescue services has been agreed by the responsible authorities for both organisations.

Devon Fire and Rescue Authority and Somerset County Council Executive Board accepted the recommendation for full combination.

Both authorities will now submit their proposals for combination to the DCLG. Fire Minister Angela Smith will then consider submitting the proposals for parliamentary approval.

A combined shadow fire and rescue authority will be set up pending the formal Combination Scheme Order with full combination planned to take effect from April 1, 2007.

The chief fire officers of Devon and Somerset, who had recommended that the organisations combine, welcomed the decisions of their authority members. …

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