A ground-breaking partnership with Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has been agreed by Hampshire’s fire authority.

The agreement, which will now see Hampshire providing strategic leadership to the Isle of Wight, was unanimously passed by Hampshire’s authority members this morning (February 20), having previously been endorsed by councillors on the Island. 

Both services will continue to retain their own political independence and corporate identity, but both will enjoy significant financial and operational benefits from the partnership. 

The agreement was signed by Cllr Royston Smith, Chairman of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority (HFRA), and Cllr Phil Jordan, executive member for public protection and PFI for Isle of Wight Council.

The partnership will formally begin on April 1. Hampshire’s Chief Officer Dave Curry will take over leadership of the Isle of Wight, while the Island’s three senior officers will be transferred to Hampshire’s team, with the area and group manager maintaining a physical presence on the Island.