Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

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Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
Isle of Wight Council Flag.svg
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service area
Area Isle of Wight
Size 380 km2 (150 sq mi)
Population 140,000
HQ Newport
Staff 242
Stations 10
Co-responder Yes
Chief Fire Officer Steve Apter
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Stuart May
Fire authority Isle of Wight Fire Authority
Website Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue site

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is the statutory fire and rescue service covering the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England.

In March 2007, the Isle of Wight Council voted to maintain the independence of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue service, instead of a merger with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.[1]

Later in February 2009, plans were announced for a three-year £8 million replacement programme changing part-time stations to full-time. The move would be done in an attempt to reduce response times to 999 alerts. It could see Ryde's fire station change to full-time, and possibly Sandown's, but part-time stations would continue to operate as normal in rural areas. The extra investment would also minimise chances of a future merger with the rest of Hampshire.[2]

On a recent assessment by a government watchdog, the service was found to be performing well, getting a three star rating out of four. This has been part of steady improvements in recent years after the 2006 when the service was judged as two-star. In 2005 the service was one of the few in the country to be rated as poor by the commission.[3]

Fire Stations[edit]

The Isle of Wight has a total of ten fire stations, one wholetime/retained, one day crew/retained and eight solely retained.[4]

Station Number Location Type Appliances
A01 Newport Wholetime/Retained 2 WrL, 1 SPA, 1 RT, 1 ALP, 1 WC, 1 WRU, 1 ICU
A02 Cowes Retained 1 WrL
A03 East Cowes Retained 1 WrL
A04 Ryde Day Crewed/Retained 2 WrL, 1 SPA, 1 ALP, 1 Land Rover
A05 Bembridge Retained 1 WrL
A06 Sandown Retained 1 WrL
A07 Shanklin Retained 1 WrL
A08 Ventnor Retained 1 WrL, 1 WC
A09 Freshwater Retained 1 WrL
A10 Yarmouth Retained 1 WrL,


  • Water Rescue Ladder
  • Spare Pumping Appliance
  • Rescue Tender
  • Turntable Ladder
  • Aerial Ladder Platform - Bronto Skylift
  • Water Carrier
  • Water Rescue Unit
  • Incident Command Unit
  • Land Rover


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