DEVON and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has formally recognised its links with one of the most remote fire stations in the country. Lundy Island has received volunteer status and has become an official fire station within the Devon and Somerset Fire and

DEVON and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service has formally recognised its links with one of the most remote fire stations in the country.Lundy Island has received volunteer status and has become an official fire station within the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service - station number 85.On Saturday, volunteer firefighters on the island took ownership of their first fire appliance and associated equipment during a presentation ceremony by chief fire officer Paul Young."We are delighted to formally include Lundy as part of the Service," said Mr Young."It is a unique location for a fire station but the Island has its own risks of fire and we have a duty to address these in a professional manner."The Service will provide equipment and training to the Island but it is the skill and dedication of the volunteer firefighters who will make the station a success."The 4 x 4 vehicle is equipped with a water tank and has firefighting and foam-making equipment and will help volunteers deal with a fire until further personnel and equipment are able to be brought in.The new Ranger was transported to the island by Amphibious Trials and Training Squadron Royal Marines last week in "testing" sea conditions."The vehicle will provide a fast response on the Island should an incident occur in any of the 23 letting properties," said Lundy general manager Derek Green."Lundy is extremely grateful to Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue for providing the new appliance and its continued support to the Island Fire Team. "The Service has been providing training for the Island team over the past two years and the provision of the new Ranger will help to raise the standard of fire safety further."The new vehicle will be used by the Lundy crew - nine members of the Island's staff, most of whom are also voluntary coastguards.