The Leader of the Isle of Wight Council has admitted he doesn’t know if controversial plans to reform the fire service on the Island will save the council any money.

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Councillor Dave Stewart says the plans are designed to keep Islanders safe, despite claims from the Fire Brigades Union that it is ‘putting lives at risk’.

Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio’s Paul Topping on the Breakfast Show this morning, Cllr Stewart admitted he didn’t know if the reform would actually save the council any money.

He said the decision was made following six months’ of review work by Cllr Tig Outlaw – cabinet member with responsibility for the fire service.

It will see shift patterns reformed and the number of firefighters on an engine potentially cut to four people – meaning firefighters will have to wait for a back up crew to arrive at the scene of a fire if people are trapped and they don’t know where they are in the building.

You can listen to the full interview, below: