10 Apr 2018 Last updated at 15:00

Key facts on fire service review

The latest report outlining details of the proposed Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service review has been published.

In February, the Isle of Wight Council's Cabinet deferred the matter to allow more time to consider the proposals.

Senior fire officers have spent the last month clarifying the information, ahead of a special meeting of the Cabinet on 16 April.

Below is a list of questions and answers explaining some of the main points in the report.

Why has this review been carried out? To improve the overall levels of public safety.

Was there a consultation process? Yes. Staff and representative bodies, including trade unions, were involved throughout the review process.

Will any fire stations close? No.
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Why are firefighters’ shifts changing? Shift patterns will be rearranged to better match the times identified as peak demand/need for the service. They are based on a presumption that five firefighters will ride on an engine but, if circumstances dictate, then a minimum of four will be used.

Will there be any redundancies? No. The new working pattern is developed around 50 firefighters, the current workforce number.

Where will full-time firefighters be located? In Newport, Ryde and The Bay area during peak times.

What will happen at the other stations? These will be used by retain firefighters, as they are currently.

What will be the minimum level of cover? The new model guarantees a minimum of 12 immediately available firefighters, who can be used across the Island for the 12 busiest hours of the day.

What’s the benefit of these changes? Analysis has shown allocating resources across three stations will improve response times and reduce community risk.

What happens if the review is approved? The council's Cabinet member for community safety and public protection will monitor the changes by presenting an impact report six months after implementation.

Where can I get more information? iwight.com/meetings

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Specialist fire officers have spent the last month clarifying the information, ahead of a special meeting of the Cabinet on 16 April.
Specialist fire officers have spent the last month clarifying the information, ahead of a special meeting of the Cabinet on 16 April.
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  • In February, the Isle of Wight Council's Cabinet deferred the matter to allow more time to consider the plans.
 
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