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fireservice400The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are to partner with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority after councillors last night (Wednesday) agreed to pass the motion.

Fire stations and jobs across the Island will be secured in the move, which will see nearly £1.2million saved over the next 3  years. The strategic partnership was passed with 26 votes against 5.

From April, Hampshire’s Chief Fire Officer and his team will provide strategic leadership and management for all of the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service and, subject to consultation, the Island’s current chief fire officer, area manager and group manager will be transferred under TUPE arrangements to HFRS. The area and group manager would maintain a physical presence on the Island with the area manager assuming the role of ‘local senior officer’.

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The Isle of Wight Council will retain political and financial accountability for services.

As well as resulting in savings for the council, the partnetship enables significant benefits for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service including:

– Enhanced command and control capability.
– Increased capacity, resilience and sustainability.
– Increased access to HFRS resources during large incidents, dependent on availability.
– Financial savings for the local authority.
– Retention of IWFRS identity, including full Isle of Wight political control.
– Increased personal development opportunities for staff.

Emergency calls will still be dealt with through Surrey Fire Control until 2017.

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