The Cabinet has approved a ‘Service Review’ into the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
The committee met yesterday evening (Thursday) and discussed the guiding principles of the review.
Between now and March next year, the officers involved in the review will look at all aspects of fire service delivery on the Island, to decide whether teams are making use of the most useful technology available and learning from tragic events such as the recent Grenfell Tower Fire.
Chairman of last night’s Committee and leader of Isle of Wight Council, Dave Stewart, says he’s feeling positive:
It’s some years since we’ve done a proper review and I think there’s a real opportunity here to reassure the Island that we have the best and we intend to keep it.
Cllr Gary Peace, who’s also the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection which includes the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, says it’s
We haven’t done a review for over 8 years, so in that period of time there’ve been huge advances in technology so we’re still working on an old model, so that’s why it’s really important to get a proper review done of the way we work to provide a better service.
Cllr Peace insists the review is not about considering cost-saving measures:
There is another agenda in the background that we need to save money, however this isn’t what this is about. Irrespective of budget issues, this review would have to go on anyway.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has improved since 2005, when it received a ‘poor’ rating under the Comprehensive Performance Assessment by the Audit Commission. It’s currently rated as ‘good’.
The findings of the review will be reported back to Cabinet and to Full Council by March 2018.