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Isle of Wight emergency services commended

Tue 9 Mar 2010

Isle of Wight emergency services commended

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service has expressed its delight after winning a top award.

Last week, the organisation was handed the Fire Service of the Year gong at the Improvement and Efficiency South East awards in London.

The award was given in recognition of the considerable improvements that have been made in the service during the last five years.

Councillor Barry Abraham, cabinet member for fire and community safety, said he is looking forward to building on this success in the future.

"This award is testament to the work we have carried out over recent years to create a modern fire service fit for the island's needs," he commented.

Chief fire officer Paul Street added that the award recognises all the hard work put in by staff over the last few years.

He said the Isle of Wight now has an effective and modern fire and rescue service that it can be proud of.

This comes shortly after the service launched a new mobile data system, which has been designed to help it provide a more effective response to local people.
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