Despite safety fears controversial changes to the Isle of Wight Fire Service have taken a step forward this evening (Monday).
The majority of the Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet members rejected the original paper, but voted in favour of recommendations put forward by Council Leader Councillor Dave Stewart.
**Cabinet members agreed the recommendation to maintain all ten fire stations, and to have peak-time permanent teams based in Newport, Ryde and Sandown, which the council says will make it easier to respond during the “times of greatest demand.”
Under Councillor Stewart’s recommendation no posts can be permanently deleted until 1 January 2019, after an impact report has been presented to members in October.
Councillor Dave Stewart said:
“I think the right decisions have been achieved – not in the way I would have expected us to have to do them but we’ve nevertheless moved things forward. We’re managing this in such a way that we can keep all of our knowledge on the subject, which is important. what’s most important is our firefighters and public must feel safe. I think what we’re doing and the way were doing it now is we can move this forward in terms of looking at how we implement change but in such a way we make sure our firefighters and public are safe.”
LISTEN: Councillor Dave Stewart making his recommendations at this evening’s cabinet meeting.