Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

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Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
Operational area
Country  England
County  Isle of Wight
Agency overview
Employees 242
Chief Fire Officer Steve Apter
Facilities and equipment
Stations 10
Official website

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[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.[3]

Fire Stations/Appliances[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 Callsign Station Name Duty System Appliances
T01 Newport Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x ICU, 1x HRT, 1x WRU, 2x GPV, 1x PM+HVP, 1x CRV
T02 Cowes Retained 1x WrL
T03 East Cowes Retained 1x WrL, 1x FST
T04 Ryde Day Crewed/Retained 3x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x BASU, 1x GPV, 2x L4V, 1x PM+MDU
T05 Bembridge Retained 1x WrL
T06 Sandown Retained 1x WrL
T07 Shanklin Retained 1x WrL
T08 Ventnor Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC
T09 Freshwater Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV, 1x WrC
T10 Yarmouth Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV

Fire Appliance Glossary/Callsigns[edit]

  • 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


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