Fire service receives government funding for car charging points

16:15 05 February 2014

Bideford fire station has been testing out a number of electrical vehicles.

Bideford fire station has been testing out a number of electrical vehicles.

Archant

Service hopes to install 87 electric vehicle charging points around Devon and Somerset.

DEVON and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has successfully bid for £429,000 of government funding to install electric car charging points around the region.

Graham Rooke, station manager for Bideford, spent months working on the bid, which was submitted in September.

Mr Rooke said the service learned last week they had been successful in securing the funding which will install charging points at 87 locations throughout Devon and Somerset.

He said: “We’re looking to get more electric vehicles but we don’t have the charging infrastructure to fully invest in them.

“One of the latest vehicles we have tested did around 250 miles to the gallon, which will help us save considerable costs.”

Mr Rooke said he hoped the charging points would not only benefit the emergency services but also bring more people into the area.

“The government money will fund 75 per cent of the cost to install the points so we’re now going through a full tender process to find a contractor,” he added.

0 comments

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:12
The loss of Zebedee has hit staff at Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park hard.

Staff distraught as long term resident Zebedee dies aged 29

Read more
Yesterday, 15:14

Fire fighters called out to assist with unstable scaffolding on Arlington Hotel.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:24

Developers seek to turn part of the pub into housing with new application

Read more
Yesterday, 11:35
Gale force winds are forecast for the festive week ahead.

Region can expect strong gusts in exposed and coastal areas through tonight (Monday) and tomorrow.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:36

Fire fighters received reports of a boiler exploding at Swimbridge property on Saturday.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:04
The proposed hotel in Westward Ho!

Councillors will once again be deciding the fate of the luxury £3million development proposals for Westward Ho!

Read more
Yesterday, 09:57
Computer

Join us on Wednesay evening (April 1) for your chance to grill the Torridge election candidates from 7pm-9pm.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:26
Ian Roome, fundraising manager; Andrew Spear, Morgan Sindall project manager; David Wilson, architect; James Bonetta, of NDCCCT; Phil Humphreys, NDDH facilities; Rae Reynalds, operations manager.

It’s taken four years of fundraising, but thanks to your support, North Devon’s brand new £2.2million treatment unit opens today (Monday).

Read more
Yesterday, 09:07
The sheep escaped onto the A39 on Sunday morning near Abbotsham, Bideford. Picture: The BIG Sheep.

A flock from The BIG Sheep made a break for it yesterday (Sunday) but were safely rescued from the main road.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:00
Denise Short, The Champ's manager, and Paul Stewart-Reed, Clearwater’s head brewer.

Appledore pub given new lease of life after being taken over by Bideford brewery.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 7°C

Most Read News

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder