The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is 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 79 wholetime duty operational staff (WDS), 115 retained duty operational staff (RDS) and 22 support staff across ten fire stations, a service headquarters and a service learning and development centre. We answered 3,331 emergency calls, attended 1,884 incidents including 82 road traffic collisions (RTCs) in the year 2011/12. 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.
- Protect the natural and built environment.
- Ensure we have a competent and healthy workforce.
- Deliver effective community prevention and protection.
- Deliver an excellent emergency response.
- Deliver efficient and effective services.