Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service

Controversial plans to revamp the Isle of Wight’s Fire and Rescue Service will go ahead, following a vote by leading councillors this evening (Thursday).

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The plans could see the number of firefighters allocated to an engine reduced to four ‘on occasion’, and will see a shake up of the shift system.

Ahead of tonight’s cabinet meeting in Ventnor the Fire Brigades Union argued that changes to the way the service operated would put the safety of the public and firefighters at risk.

On Tuesday the Isle of Wight Council’s Scrutiny Committee recommended that a decision should be deferred until a report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) is published.

The councillor behind the review, Tig Outlaw said that is imminent. 

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of approving the changes this evening.

WATCH: Firefighters walk out as the final decision is made.