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Meet the supercops! Firefighters are trained as special constables

SEVEN firefighters have become Britain’s first supercops.

The group from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have been trained as special constables and will be ‘community responders’.

They will attend police and fire calls in seven rural Devon communities identified as places where both services have low response rates.

New recruit Kevin Pearce (pictured, right, with colleague Will Britten) said: ‘I can be more of a presence in the community and a face people will recognise.’

Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner Alison Hernandez, who committed cash for the two-year project, said: ‘We don’t know what future funding will look like for any of our emergency services. Working together on unique projects like this will improve the service both organisations can deliver.’