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NEW PUMPS AND NEW RECRUITS FOR RYDE AND NEWPORT FIRE STATIONS

Firefighters at Ryde and Newport have been getting to grips with brand new appliances this month – and both stations will soon be welcoming new wholetime recruits too.

For the past 14 years, the Isle of Wight has been protected by Scania P280 fire appliances, supported by the older Mercedes Atego pumps from the early 2000s – both built by John Dennis Coachbuilders. The first Scanias arrived in 2010, with an additional 2 appliances in 2017.

Now, a new era has begun with the arrival of Volvo FL appliances for the Island’s 2 wholetime stations, built by EmergencyOne.

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Volvo has been the preferred chassis provider for Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service since 1988, so naturally the merger between Hampshire and the Isle of Wight in 2021 has led to a change for appliance bays across the Island’s 10 stations – which recently reduced to 9 with the temporary closure of East Cowes and could easily become 7 following a service review.

Earlier this month both Ryde and Newport welcomed a ‘Papa 7’ Rescue Pump, each equipped with a Compressed Air Foam System. After weeks of familiarisation and driver training, the pumps went on the run on 8th May. They carry much of the same equipment as their predecessors, including a 135 ladder, but now promote a ‘clean cab’ policy where the breathing apparatus sets are stored outside the crew cab.

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GN73 ZZR – Volvo FL Emergency One Rescue Pump equipped with CAFS. ’74’ relates to Station 4 within patch 7, the Isle of Wight.

It’s understood that retained stations across the Island are to receive smaller Papa 6 appliances – known as Light Rescue Pumps – later in the year, as Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service looks to roll out a total of 31 of the smaller appliances over the next 2 years.

The arrival of the Papa 7 appliances comes just weeks after Island Echo reported on the development of a new Incident Command Unit. It is expected to go on the run in the Summer.

The pumps are not the only new arrivals at Ryde and Newport… Harrison Matthews and Lewis Evans are 2 of 14 new firefighters who have just completed an intensive 17-week course at headquarters in Eastleigh, which began back in January.

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FF Matthews will be joining Newport’s Red Watch, whilst FF Evans will be joining Blue Watch at Ryde.

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Chief Fire Officer Neil Odin has said:

“Our graduates would not have made it through the application process and training programme without the support offered by family and friends. I am sure that feeling will continue as they take their first steps into a new career which will both challenge and reward them.

“Throughout their time with us our trainees have displayed all the attributes and values we expect from our firefighters every day. They will arrive on station ready to help make life safer across Hampshire and Isle of Wight”.

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Betty
Betty
28 days ago

Thank you guys and girls who deal with too much on our behalf. And that includes all of us over 50!

David
David
27 days ago

What about a new Snooker Table
Lol

IOW
IOW
Reply to  David
27 days ago

You clearly have been watching too much London’s burning, IOW fire stations have long done away with pool or snooker tables for well over a decade

Rich Benson
Rich Benson
Reply to  IOW
27 days ago

still got Sky TV & 3 meals a day though?

Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
Reply to  Rich Benson
27 days ago

And a full nights sleep if no call out!

Fire man sam
Fire man sam
Reply to  IOW
27 days ago

True IOW but the sofas are so overused there knackered, we need somewhere comfy to sit in between saving a horse from a ditch and dragging some old granny out the clay on the beach, it’s soo tiresome

Fire man sam
Fire man sam
27 days ago

There goes our new sofas then

Andy Gilchrist
Andy Gilchrist
27 days ago

excellent news, more contributions towards the full SKY TV package & huge pension scheme

Nigel shore
Nigel shore
Reply to  Andy Gilchrist
27 days ago

And the fireproof ‘can’t get made defendant’s attitude.

Sarah
Sarah
27 days ago

I wonder if you’ll all be so negative when your house is burning and you need these brave people to help you!

Nigel shore
Nigel shore
27 days ago

Make pumps 3 Olly………and don’t forget the tea.

 

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