Fire & Rescue

Message from the Chief Fire Officer Steve Webster

Welcome to the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service website.  I hope you will take the opportunity to look at the safety advice we offer and think about fire safety in your home, business and within the outstanding natural environment of the islands.  Our aim is to maintain the Isles of Scilly as the safest place in which to live, work and visit.

Nationally the fire service has been undergoing significant change to meet national objectives of reducing incidents, improving safety and improving efficiency.  This process does not significantly affect the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service as it is a wholly retained service which has tackled and resolved many of the issues raised in the past.  We are proud of our partnerships with other agencies that allows for the sharing of staff and facilities.

Each off island is equipped with a community emergency centre (fire station) which houses the Coastguard and Ambulance service. Many of the firefighters serve their communities as co-responders to medical emergencies. Other partnerships include the Duchy of Cornwall, the Council of the Isles of Scilly and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust where, through collaboration, we are working to improve fire safety in homes and the environment.

Community safety and the prevention of fires throughout the islands is our most significant priority and we have provided a free home safety check, which includes safety advice for your home and free smoke alarm. For more information call the Council’s One Stop Shop on 01720 424000.

In partnerships with other agencies we contribute towards community safety and educational programmes that meet the needs of young people.  We have access to Community Fire Safety Advisors, The Phoenix Project, FACE, the Young Driver Education Programme and Young Parent Courses and locally firefighters provide programmed support for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme in conjunction with the Five Islands School.

In addition to our firefighting role Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue staff are trained to rescue people from road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, chemical incidents, and are one of the main agencies trained to deal with terrorist attacks.  We also provide humanitarian assistance, such as rescuing trapped animals.

I am very proud of the people in our team.  Whether they are on the front line or in a supporting role they work together to ensure we have the right resources, in the right place at the right time.

I hope you find this information useful.  If you have any comments, suggestions or complaints please email


Steve Webster
Chief Fire Officer