Isle of Wight council vote for Fire Authority merge with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton

Fire engine - IW Fire service name in full

Views were divided at last night's council meeting where councillors voted in favour of merging the Isle of Wight Authority with Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton, with one councillor stating the FBU only supporting it as the "least worst evil".

Thursday, 17th January, 2019 2:27pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is good at keeping people safe says inspector

Firemen prepare Kahu motor yacht fire in East Cowes by Anthony Joyce

In first inspection under new regime, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) found the service not only responded to incidents effectively but was also good at helping to prevent them.

Thursday, 20th December, 2018 12:01am

By IW Council Press Office with 3 readers' comments

Body found after house fire in Porchfield

porchfield fire - freshwater fire station damping down 640

Following an intense fire in Porchfield last night (Wednesday), the sad news that a body has been found has emerged.

Thursday, 13th December, 2018 11:37am

By Sally Perry with one comment

Mainland fire crew called to Isle of Wight on standby

Fire engines

The chair of the FBU said “It’s very concerning when there are not many appliances on the run and it seems to be getting worse".

Friday, 7th December, 2018 9:51am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 6 readers' comments

Woman to appear in court over Sandown hotel blaze

tarvic 2 hotel fire sandown hub

The 62 year old has been charged with arson over the massive blaze that tore through two hotels in Sandown during the summer. She'll appear in court on Friday.

Thursday, 6th December, 2018 4:30pm

By Sally Perry

Firefighters boycott training exercise in protest at job cuts

Fire engine - IW Fire service name in full

Firefighters say that as a whole-time crew, workforce morale is at an all time low. They marked themselves as 'unavailable' on Saturday in protest at the seven crew whose contracts are being terminated at the end of the year.

Monday, 19th November, 2018 6:20pm

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter

Fire crews to take part in mock road traffic incident exercise

police accident rain road by leehaywood

It's not clear whether the road will be closed for the mock road traffic incident exercise that is taking part tomorrow.

Friday, 16th November, 2018 1:54pm

By Sally Perry with 2 readers' comments

Up to eight Isle of Wight firefighters given notice (updated)


Just weeks after Isle of Wight council Cabinet approved plans to revamp the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and said there would be no redundancies. up to eight firefighters are given notice.

Thursday, 15th November, 2018 10:51am

By Megan Baynes, Local Democracy Reporter with 2 readers' comments

Fantastic example of huge generosity and respect for Isle of Wight heritage

ryde fire station - clock from america - damon corr

Discovered in a secondhand store in North Carolina, USA, this clock connected to Ryde Fire Station was bought and then sent back to the Island by a couple who insisted on paying for it all.

Monday, 5th November, 2018 2:41pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Number of false fire alarms at Isle of Wight NHS Trust drops

radar fire pumps

New figures reveal how often firefighters are being called to false alarms at the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, but it looks like good news in comparison to recent years.

Monday, 5th November, 2018 8:41am

By Harriet Clugston

Bravery of Isle of Wight officers and public honoured following plane crash

Police awards for bravery

All those who helped save the lives of those involved in a light aircraft crash in Brading Marshes have been recognised for their efforts.

Friday, 19th October, 2018 1:00pm

By Hampshire Constabulary

Fire Service changes ‘deeply troubling on several levels’ say Isle of Wight Labour

julian critchley - Allan Marsh

Island Labour say the issue comes down to a matter of trust. "Who do you trust to have your best interests at heart when it comes to ensuring we have the fire service we need?"

Monday, 15th October, 2018 8:35am

By Julian Critchley with 2 readers' comments