Isle of wight to maintain independent emergency fire control

The Isle of Wight Fire Authority today unanimously voted to maintain an independent Emergency Fire Control for the island.

The Home Office document “The Future of Fire Service Control Rooms & Communications”, recommended the merger of the Isle of Wight and Hampshire Emergency Fire Controls as a cost cutting exercise.

The Fire Brigades Union is pleased that the Isle of Wight Fire Authority has become the second Fire Authority in a week to put the public first and maintain an independent Emergency Fire Control.

Andy Gilchrist, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union said, “The Fire Brigades Union managed to persuade the Isle of Wight Fire Authority to maintain their independent Emergency Fire Control 2 years ago, when it was under threat from budgetary cuts.

Last week Grampian Fire Board agreed to maintain their Emergency Fire Control and now the Isle of Wight have done the same. The Isle of Wight Fire Authority has also agreed to invest money to improve their Emergency Fire Control for the future. The Fire Brigades Union is pleased to see Fire Authorities at last, standing up for the public against the Government.”

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