Posted by: yelvertonfirestation | March 25, 2011

Fire Call, 24th of March, Gorse Fire, Cadoverbridge.

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At 19:15 on the 24th of March, Yelverton appliance was sent to a gorse fire at Cadoverbridge. On arrival the crew found two small areas of gorse on fire, they used beaters to extinguish the fire.

These fires are a drain on the fire service resources during a time when nationally we are suffering crippling budget cuts as a result of the recession. There is a simple procedure for legitimate swaling that avoids the unnecessary despatch of fire crews, the system requires the commoners to log swaling events with fire control and remain with the burn. The procedure works well all across Dartmoor with a few minor exceptions, Cadoverbridge being one of them. Irrespective of the additional cost to the Service ( and ultimately the tax payer), once an appliance is sent to a gorse fire they are not available for other calls until the gorse is dealt with. In simple terms this means, if you are a resident of the Yelverton area and have a crash or a house fire and the local fire crew are committed to a gorse fire you will have to wait for the nearest available appliance to be sent. Not much of an inconvenience you may think, I think minutes can be hours long when you’re trapped in a car involved in a RTC or stood outside your burning house waiting for help to arrive.

If you have any information regarding this fire you can report it to the Police anonymously on either:-

 Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111

or on line by following the following links:-

www.devon-cornwall.police.uk

www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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