Posted by: yelvertonfirestation | March 24, 2015

Fire Call, 21st of March, Moorland fire, Cadoverbridge.

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At 19:07, after a stand by from 5:00 – 12:00, a car wash from 12:00 – 4:00 and a call at 18:18, Yelverton appliance was called to a moorland fire at Cadoverbridge. Crews hiked up across the moor and extinguished the fire with beaters. V58M1 called in on its way back from the last call and gave us a lift off the moor and very grateful we were for the lift. All in all it had been a long day!!

This is swaling time of year and there are initiatives to swale the moor without wasting fire service resources, that are not over difficult to use!! A simple call to the service advising the Fire Service of where and when the swaling will take place and remaining with the fires until the swaling is over does not seem unreasonable!! On this occasion three appliances and a welfare pod were unavailable from 13:34 until 17:20 not to mention the cost!!! Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue have had their grant from the Government slashed over recent years, as have all Fire Services in the country as part of the austerity measures the government introduced to pay off the National debt!! It is frustrating to waste so much money and resources on something that could be avoided without too much trouble!!!

If you have information about this fire please contact the police on one of the following:-

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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