Retained firefighters across the Island received a message from fire control informing them of the situation and requesting that they make themselves available to respond to any emergency that may come in.
The message, sent at around 10:00, confirmed that there were no appliances available at the time due to an ongoing incident. It’s thought the incident in question was a reported fire in Wootton with appliances from Freshwater, Newport and Ryde mobilised.
Island Echo understands that resources from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service were requested in order to provide a safe level of fire cover.
The Isle of Wight Council, the current fire authority, were approached for a statement this afternoon but a response is yet to be received.
UPDATE TUESDAY @ 13:40 – In response to the availability of fire cover during the morning of Monday 11th February, Howard Watts, senior fire officer, has 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.
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“Yesterday (Monday), we had four pumps available throughout the morning and for a short time all were required to attend incidents.
“We brought one pump over from Hampshire, between 11am and 12.30pm, to provide extra support – something we, and all other fire and rescue services do, if it’s necessary.
“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.”