Update from Station Officer, Declan Ridsdale
As we move towards another winter, I want to thank everybody involved in the islands’ Fire & Rescue Service for their commitment and work in keeping our islands safe. We have had a relatively quiet year, with the exception of the fire at Peninnis Farm and the great fire of Gugh. However, both of these incidents have tested the resilience and resources of the Service and I am impressed with how the teams have responded.
Long Service Medals
I’d like to say a big thank you to Watch Managers, Kevin James (St Mary’s) and Richard Hobbs (Tresco), who have both received Fire Brigade Long Service Medals in recognition of 20 years’ service and good conduct.
We will soon begin our winter training programme, so you may see us out and about on St Mary’s with a team of recruits taking part in their initial training course. This lasts for one week and is designed to cover the basic skills required to be part of an operational crew. Good luck to those taking part in this year’s programme and thank you to the instructing teams for all the work they put in to making it go smoothly.
Home Fire Safety Checks
I would like to remind all residents that the Service carries out free home fire safety checks. During our visits we provide advice and check properties for general fire safety including alarms and electrical equipment. We can also provide smoke and carbon monoxide alarms where necessary. If you would like a visit, please get in touch at the details below and we will add your name to our list.