Cabinet deliver shock vote on revamp of Isle of Wight Fire Service

The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) had said that if the Cabinet approved the review of the Fire Service it will “put public safety at risk” and the Scrutiny Committee voted to scrap the plans.

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Protesters outside County Hall prior to meeting © UKNIP

OnTheWight reported live from the Isle of Wight council (IWC) extraordinary Cabinet Meeting today (Monday) where members considered the proposed fire service revamp (papers below).

At last week’s Scrutiny Committee, members voted to reject the proposals (catch up here). The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) also said that if the Cabinet approve the review of the Fire Service it will “put public safety at risk”.

Members reject the paper
In a surprising move, led by the Leader of the Isle of Wight council, Cllr Dave Stewart, the majority of the Cabinet voted to reject the paper before them, with one abstaining (Cllr Ward).

Cllr Gary Peace (who is responsible for the paper) was the only member to vote against that recommendation.

Read through the live coverage of the meeting below.

Fire Service Review PAPER B by OnTheWightNews on Scribd

Fire Service Review PAPER B – APPENDIX A by OnTheWightNews on Scribd

Fire Service Review PAPER B – APPENDIX B by OnTheWightNews on Scribd

Fire Service Review PAPER B – APPENDIX C by OnTheWightNews on Scribd

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Monday, 16th April, 2018 4:50pm

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alisonjane
It would seem that common sense has at last prevailed. We were told last month that cutting fire crews from five to four would have no impact on the service. Of course it will. We do not have the advantage of calling in ‘nearby crews’ as we are an Island. Nice to see all our fire fighters standing up for the continued safety of the crews and… Read more »
holdmyheadinmyhands

Of course they voted it down ….. they will then push it so the pcc takes over and then he can make the decisions therefore …… they will say wasn’t them that did the cuts !

confidential

Will the IW Leader also see sense with the Cowes Floating Bridge and sell it off, then have another one redesigned and built properly?

Stewart Blackmore
Surely, given Cllr Stewart’s condemnation of the paper as not being fit for purpose, and Cllr Geoff Brodie’s forensic critique of the paper in Scrutiny, the portfolio holder’s position has become untenable? The position of rhe Hampshire officers’ involvement in the paper should als be urgently questioned. This dogs breakfast is a public scandal and is only exacerbated by Cllr Stewart’s unbelievable assertion that this review ‘has… Read more »