New figures from the Home Office show that 29 house fires were started by a household appliance on the Island between April 2017 and March this year.
FBU chair, Pete Mawhood said services were being run on luck and, had Sunday's fire in Sandown taken place at another time, the outcome could have been very different.
Thursday, 6th September, 2018 5:33pm
By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments
Vice Chair of Island Labour says, "Everyone understands the need for the service to be run efficiently, but that is entirely different to it being run on the cheap", adding "Lives are at stake".
Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 5:20pm
By Deborah Gardiner with 3 readers' comments
The fire is rapidly spreading up the cliffs in St Lawrence and firefighters from the mainland have crossed the water to assist.
Wednesday, 25th July, 2018 5:00pm
By Sally Perry with one comment
As well as a warning that secured buildings and sites can be dangerous due to potential structural problems or hazardous materials, the Isle of Wight council is asking residents to report any unsecured buildings or sites.
Monday, 16th July, 2018 12:42pm
By IW Council Press Office with 2 readers' comments
The Isle of Wight Council’s Cabinet has accepted a detailed business case for a combined authority and approved a full consultation on the plans.
Thursday, 14th June, 2018 6:02pm
By IW Council Press Office with one comment
Cabinet members are due to vote on the proposals at tonight's meeting, but at a meeting of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority in Winchester, council leader, Dave Stewart, has already confirmed the authority would back the proposals.
Thursday, 14th June, 2018 10:02am
By William Rimell, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments
Concerns were raised at last night's Scrutiny Committee, after it was revealed that under the plans for a combine Fire Authority, Hampshire would own the Island's 11 fire stations.
Wednesday, 13th June, 2018 11:00am
By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with one comment
The report suggests a combined fire authority with Hampshire would "improve levels of service, including in key preventative areas such as community and business safety initiatives". Cabinet members will be asked to approve the public consultation.
Wednesday, 6th June, 2018 3:29pm
By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments