Good rating for Island fire service

By David Newble

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Good rating for Island fire service

The fire and rescue service has been given a three-star rating.

THE Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has been assessed as performing well by a government watchdog.

The Audit Commission has given the service a rating of three stars out of a possible four, alongside a finding the service is also improving well.

The finding builds on a steady improvement in the service in recent years. In 2006, the service was judged to be two-star, which meant it was performing only adequately. Last year, it achieved a three-star rating but was judged to be improving adequately.

In 2005, the service was one of only two in the country to be rated as poor by the commission.

Welcoming the latest finding, Cllr Barry Abraham, the Isle of Wight Council cabinet member with responsibility for the service, said it was testament to the hard work and dedication of those running the brigade.

Chief fire officer Paul Street.  
Chief fire officer Paul Street.
 
He said: “You do not turn around the performance of an organisation such as fire and rescue without a contribution from everyone involved.

“The challenge now is to continue the improvement. The budget to be considered by the full council later this month includes a proposal to invest significantly in the fire service over the next three years.

“This is to modernise the service and ensure it continues to offer an excellent and efficient service — one of which residents continue to feel proud.

“It may be this modernisation will bring changes in the way it operates but what the service has demonstrated without question in recent years is not just a willingness to adapt but a determination to improve.”

Chief fire officer Paul Street said: “I am extremely pleased with the progress the Island’s Fire and Rescue Service is making.”

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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