A fire engine waits to board the Isle of Wight-bound ferry

The Isle of Wight did not have enough firefighters to safely cover its stations at the weekend, Isle of Wight Radio has been told.

A fire engine was brought by ferry from Hampshire on Saturday, to wait on standby at Newport fire station because of a low number of available crew.

Extra cover was needed because two Isle of Wight fire crews were called to a fire in a kitchen in Newport.

The incident was attended by firefighters from Newport. The next nearest available pump came from Ryde, Isle of Wight Radio understands.

Island firefighters have warned that a fire in a home requires two crews of five, in order to be safely dealt with. A review of services is underway and firefighters say they are worried that protocol will not be honoured.

The Isle of Wight Council said:

“A pump was sent from Hampshire on Saturday to provide additional cover for the Island.”