Scilly’s Fire Service Publishes Plans For Next Five Years

fire engine st marys 2Scilly’s Fire and Rescue Service is growing increasingly concerned about the potential for a serious road accident in Scilly. And they say we can no longer rely on the military or air sea rescue for support in an emergency.

Those are two conclusions of the latest Integrated Risk Management Plan, which outlines how the service will operate over the next five years.

This is the second time our fire authority has produced a long-term plan.

Chief Fire Officer Steve Webster says it’s been been transformed out of all recognition over the last 10 years, into a modern fire and rescue service

The number of fires in Scilly is falling and lower than comparable areas, like the Scottish highlands.

Callouts to chimney blazes have almost disappeared after an initiative to inform residents of chimney sweeping services.

They’ve also lobbied successfully for sprinklers to be installed in new public buildings, like the Five Islands School.

But the report warns that the islands’ are facing a number of risks in the future.

They say transport infrastructure is getting older and the companies are experiencing financial challenges.

It means it could be difficult to get help from the mainland in an emergency.

There’s concern over the impending closure of Culdrose air-sea rescue station next year, with the service being taken over by a private contractor.

And the fire service says they believe it “will not be long” before a serious road traffic accident occurs on the islands. The number of bumps and near misses is increasing and they say they’re preparing for the worst.

Over the next five years, the fire service in Scilly is planning to improve its prevention and protection initiatives.

They want to support the use of local volunteers, such as Island Responders or Scout groups, and they could seek EU cash or lottery funding to deliver it.

The report says each station now has a large scale map with each property numbered and with details of heating and water supply arrangements, and if there are elderly or infirm residents.

And each island has an environmental plan, supplied by the Wildlife Trust, indicating the location of sites needing protection.

The report says there will also be more emphasis on the safety of accommodation providers after several serious fires in Cornwall recently.

Steve Webster says the first recorded fire death on the islands occurred in the summer of 2012 and that incident reinforces their determination to focus on vulnerable groups in the community.

You can find a copy of the plan on the Council’s website.


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