One Chief Officer decided it was time to reinvigorate the IWFBF. Newport's Chief Officer Mursell recognised the inestimable benefit to the brigades and those who called for them by the Federation's exploits in the pre-war period. With the war six years in the past he decided it was time to re-establish those links in planning, drills and camaraderie. It was the beginning of a new strain of Federation thinking that led the IWFBF to take a step years ahead of its time in canvassing the Island's authority's to establish a County-wide fire brigade.
The authority's rejected the Federation's plan but the organisations evolution wasn't to be deterred by politics and its constitution and style of firefighting developed beyond anything that Captain Langdon could have imagined in 1894. The formal creation of an Islandwide fire brigade was still many years off, but the integration and common understanding built between the Island's chief officer's and their firemen ensured that the establishment of partnerships represented, albeit informally and incomplete, a fire response to most areas of the Wight.
While the Island's peacetime firefighters refined their craft, on the horizon a new and terrifying threat emerged and the Island's firefighters were, initially unwillingly, to be encumbered by a whole new breed of firemen and other emergency workers in preparation for the anticipated end of the peace that marked the time between the wars.
It was the beginning of the end for the parish, town and borough fire brigades.