FBU’s claims that lives will be put at risk are ‘irresponsible’, says councillor

The Cabinet member responsible for Fire and Rescue Services says he believes, “most people will understand having firefighters in the right place at the right time will save lives, not put them in danger”.

County Hall:

This in from the council. Ed


Councillor Tig Outlaw, Cabinet member responsible for the fire service, and Howard Watts, the Island’s most senior fire officer, have today (Thursday) responded to claims made by the Fire Brigades Union that the proposed Isle of Wight fire service review will put lives at risk.

Councillor Outlaw said:

“These constant claims by the FBU are irresponsible and will worry residents needlessly.

“These common sense proposals for the Isle of Wight will realign full-time firefighters to meet the need.

“I think most people will understand that having firefighters in the right place at the right time will save lives, not put them in danger.

“I make no apologies for proposing firefighters be on duty when research shows the risk is greatest.

“Research I’ve done demonstrates fire authorities across the country use this model.

“Listening to the FBU, you could be forgiven for thinking fire services have stood still since the 1950s, but everyone knows this is simply not the case and that appliances, capabilities and equipment have progressed beyond recognition.

“The fire service on our Island needs to be more responsive to modern challenges and it needs to modernise. This is simply not about money, it’s about making the best of the resources to keep the public safe.”

Howard Watts, the Island’s most senior fire officer, added:

“While I recognise the FBU’s concerns, I’m responsible for the safety of our firefighters and I will not put them at any increased risk.

“This move will not change our policy on the number of firefighters on fire engines.

“I believe our firefighters are the best in the country – they’re trained and equipped to the highest of standards.

“These changes will improve the service they deliver, making the community safer.”

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holdmyheadinmyhands

Listen to what the firefighters are telling you !

Fed up with all this cut cut. Cut claptrap.

Colin

Now, let’s see, who do I believe? The IWC or those doing the job? Given the track record of the council and the poor arguements put forward by them, I don’t believe what they are saying.
The only thing that worries me needlessly are decisions made by the IWC. It matters not what the mainland does or doesn’t do, as an Island we are different.

holdmyheadinmyhands

This is not the iwc this is the administrations choice … not all 40 members of the council

denbo17
It says above that: Howard Watts, the Island’s most senior fire officer, adds: “While I recognise the FBU’s concerns, I’m responsible for the safety of our firefighters and I will not put them at any increased risk. “This move will not change our policy on the number of firefighters on fire engines. “I believe our firefighters are the best in the country – they’re trained and equipped… Read more »