Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

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Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service
Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.jpg
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 Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service on the mainland.[2]

On a 2009 assessment by a government watchdog, the service was found to be performing well, getting a three star rating out of four, after a poor rating in 2005.[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
H71 Newport Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x ICU, 1x HRT, 1x WRU, 3x GPV, 1x PM+x2 HVP, 1x CRV, 1x OIC
H72 Cowes Retained 1x WrL
H73 East Cowes Retained 1x WrL, 1x FST, 1x ICU
H74 Ryde Day Crewed/Retained 4x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x BASU, 1x GPV, 2x L4V, 1x PM+MDU, 1x OIC
H75 Bembridge Retained 1x WrL
H76 Sandown Retained 1x WrL
H77 Shanklin Retained 1x WrL
H78 Ventnor Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC
H79 Freshwater Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV, 1x WrC
H80 Yarmouth Retained 1x WrL

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
  • Station Officer Vehicle (OIC): O1/O2


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