The new Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service works across 61 stations, keeping nearly two million residents safe. The service’s headquarters is in Eastleigh, and was the first shared police and fire headquarters in England.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service combined to form a new organisation on 1 April 2021.
The new Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority governs the organisation. It is made up of representatives from Hampshire County Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.
For over 160 years, His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.
In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.