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
Employees242
Chief Fire OfficerNeil Odin
Facilities and equipment
Stations10 (1 Wholetime, 1 Day Crewed, 8 Retained)
Engines14
Platforms2
Website
Official website
Various Fire Service Vehicles outside Newport station

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 Call Sign Appliance Call outs 2011 Call outs 2015
H71 Newport Wholetime/Retained 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x ICU, 1x HRT, 1x WRU, 3x GPV, 1x PM+x2 HVP, 1x OIC H71P1, H71P2, H71S1,

H71I1, H71H1, H71PM1, H71PM2, H71V1,

H71O1

WT P1

RET P2

HRT

ALP

ICU

534

112

63

17

NA

507

76

13

12

15

H72 Cowes Retained 1x WrL H72P1 RET P1 69 57
H73 East Cowes Retained 1x WrL, 1x FST, 1x ICU H73P1, H73S1, H73I1 RET P1

FST

66

6

61

2

H74 Ryde Day Crewed/Retained (0700-1900) 2x WrL, 1x ALP, 1x BASU, 1x GPV, 2x L4V, 1x PM+MDU, 1x OIC H74P1, H74P2, H74S2, H74T1, H74T2, H74M1, H74O1 WT P1

RET P2 RET P3 RET P4

ALP

244

54

10

246

55

3

H75 Bembridge Retained 1x WrL H75P1 RET P1 39 17
H76 Sandown Retained 1x WrL H76P1 RET P1 118 62
H77 Shanklin Retained 1x WrL H77P1 RET P1 148 131
H78 Ventnor Retained 1x WrL, 1x WrC H78P1, H78W1 RET P1

RET WRC

76

4

64

7

H79 Freshwater Retained 1x WrL, 1x CRV, 1x WrC H79P1, H79C1, H79W1 RET P1

RET WRC

41

NA

57

8

H80 Yarmouth Retained 1x WrL H80P1 RET P1

RET ICU

43

15

17

NA

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
  • Incident Support Unit (ISU): 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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prevent the merger of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service with the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service". www.fireservicemerger.com. Archived from the original on 2008-07-19. Retrieved 2009-01-02.
  2. ^ "Isle of Wight County Press - "IW fire service may go full time"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-06.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Isle of Wight County Press - "Good rating for Island fire service"". www.iwcp.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-02-18.
  4. ^ "Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service - fire stations". www.iwfire.org.uk. Retrieved 2009-01-02.

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