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Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service

The Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service is one of the smallest in the country and consists of five stations on five separate islands: St. Mary’s, St. Agnes, Bryher, Tresco and St. Martin’s. There is also a station at the airport.

The service is trained to rescue people from road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, chemical incidents, and is one of the main agencies trained to deal with terrorist attacks

The service comprises a chief fire officer, a group manager, 39 firefighters and an administration officer.

HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams is HMI for the Isles of Scilly Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’ Western fire region

HMICFRS’ role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her 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.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

6 square miles


0.00m people
down3% local 5 yr change


0% wholetime firefighters
100% on-call firefighters
17.54 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down18% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


5 stations
7 fire engines


4.0 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.9 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
5.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£0.00 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Paul Walker