The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are proud of the level of Service we deliver. We have continuously improved our level of Service over recent years and we continue to seek new ways of improving.
We currently employ 75 whole-time duty operational staff (WDS), 107 retained duty operational staff (RDS) and 22 support staff across ten fire stations, a service headquarters and a service learning and development centre. We attended 1,226 incidents including 190 property fires, chimney and vehicle fires, 139 small fires and 64 road traffic collisions (RTC's) in the year 2014/15.
Whilst providing the capacity to respond to foreseeable fire and emergency incidents across the Island is a statutory requirement and to many, the core purpose of a fire and rescue service, our role is much broader than simply putting out fires. Responding to emergencies is reactive, and whilst we must be able to provide this response extremely well, we also carry out work to try to reduce the need for a response in the first instance.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service also works closely with a number of council service areas including community wellbeing and social care, children and young people services, economy and environment as well as partner agencies including the police, Isle of Wight Primary Care Trust, and others to collectively deliver local initiatives and agreements. This makes the fire and rescue service more effective and efficient and, in turn, makes the Isle of Wight a safer place to live, work and visit. We work towards our aim of 'ensuring communities feel safer'.
Our priorities are to:
- Respond safely and quickly when called;
- work in a fully integrated way across a range of partnerships;
- manage risk within our communities.
To ensure that the service focuses on these priorities, all aspects of service delivery will contribute towards the achievement of the following strategic objectives:
- Save lives and reduce injuries.
- Review all aspects of emergency response.
- Ensure we have a competent and healthy workforce.
- Deliver efficient and effective services.
- Link all areas of community prevention and protection to risk.
- Lead on a wider community safety partnership to further enhance a joined up approach.
- Protect the natural and built environment.