Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
|County||Isle of Wight|
|Chief Fire Officer||Steve Apter|
|Facilities and equipment|
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.
On a recent[when?] 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[when?] 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.
The Isle of Wight has a total of ten fire stations, one wholetime/retained, one day crew/retained and eight solely retained.
|Station Callsign||Station Name||Duty System||Appliances|
|H71||Newport||Wholetime/Retained||2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x ICU, 1x HRT, 1x WRU, 3x GPV, 1x PM+x2 HVP, 1x CRV|
|H73||East Cowes||Retained||1x WrL, 1x FST, 1x ICU|
|H74||Ryde||Day Crewed/Retained||3x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x BASU, 1x GPV, 2x L4V, 1x PM+MDU|
|H78||Ventnor||Retained||1x WrL, 1x WrC|
|H79||Freshwater||Retained||1x WrL, 1x CRV, 1x WrC|
|H80||Yarmouth||Retained||1x WrL, 1x CRV|
Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns
- Water Rescue Ladder (WrL): P1 / P2 /P3
- Aerial Ladder Platform (ALP): A1
- Incident Command Unit (ICU): C1
- Heavy Rescue Tender (RT): R1
- Water Rescue Unit (WRU): R2
- Breathing Apparatus Support Unit (BASU) S1
- Foam Salvage Tender (FST): S1
- General Purpose Vehicle (GPV): S1/S2
- Light 4x4 Vehicle (L4V): T1/T2
- Prime Mover (PM) + High Volume Pump (HVP): T9
- Prime Mover + Mass Decontamination Unit (PM+MDU): T8
- Co-Responder Vehicle (CRV): V1
- Water Carrier (WrC): W1
- "Prevent the merger of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service". www.fireservicemerger.com. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
- "Isle of Wight County Press - "IW fire service may go full time"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-06.[dead link]
- "Isle of Wight County Press - "Good rating for Island fire service"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
- "Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service - fire stations". www.iwfire.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-02.