There were no spare fire engines for a time on the Isle of Wight yesterday (Monday), as the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service’s four available pumps were all attending incidents.

A stand-by service had to be brought to the Island from Hampshire, between 11am and 12.30pm.

Senior fire officer Howard Watts said:

“It’s important to stress we’re constantly monitoring safe levels of emergency response on the Island.

“That approach enables us to utilise the cover we have available in the most effective way.

“We could have also asked our on-call firefighters to provide back up cover as we had around 30 available across the Island.

“However, we did not have to call on them because the full-time crews became available very quickly.”