Press Releases

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:15 - Station's life-saver

The West Midlands’ newest community fire station, Haden Cross, is set to officially launch its community-funded defibrillator on 15 December 2014.

The defibrillator, which will be accessible to members of the public around the clock, will be a permanent feature outside the main entrance to the station. It will be stored in a keypad cabinet, the code to which will be available by...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 15:00 - Seasonal safety

Update issued at 9.45am Wed 10 December:

The latest strike by firefighters ended at 9am this morning.

Area Commander Simon Shilton said: "Fortunately, the wet weather helped to keep incident numbers down overnight. We'd like to thank our communities for heeding our safety warnings. In spite of our detailed contingency planning, we still run on limited resources during strike...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:30 - Chair's letter to Minister

Date: 1 December 2014

Penny Mordaunt, MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
4th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

Dear Fire Minister,

I am writing to draw to your attention the serious concerns of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority about the ongoing impact being felt by West Midlands Fire Service because of...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 15:00 - Firefighter recruitment

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is set to recruit around 50 new firefighters, with an online application process starting on Monday 8 December 2014.

The brigade is gearing up for thousands of applicants to visit its website,, in the hope of becoming one of the 1,322...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:45 - Warning to smokers

West Midlands Fire Service is warning smokers to take extra care when lighting up. The brigade is also urging family, friends and neighbours of elderly or otherwise vulnerable smokers to remind them of the risks and what they can do to minimise the dangers.

Area Commander Steve Vincent said: “As winter starts to take hold, people tend to stay in more to keep warm. For many smokers that...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 14:00 - Improving lives to save lives

A world-renowned public health expert has endorsed the work of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in tackling health inequalities.

The brigade is the first and only organisation to be endorsed by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London.

Sir Michael specialises in the social determinants of health - the factors which...

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 13:15 - Ramping it up!

A West Midlands fire station is now ‘home’ to a critical piece of equipment which could be sent anywhere in the country as part of national resilience arrangements.

The new High Volume Pump (HVP) Ramping Module has been developed as a collaborative project between the National Resilience HVP Capability Team and Babcock Critical Services Ltd, supported by West Midlands Fire Service (...

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:00 - YES Forum launch

Birmingham’s young people are making their voices heard and helping to make their communities safer, thanks to a new forum set up by blue light service providers in the City. 

The Youth Emergency Service (YES) Forum launches today (31 Oct) to give young people a stake in shaping and influencing the emergency services that serve where they live.

The YES Forum has been set up by...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:45 - Strikes - WMFRA statement

The Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority has condemned the Government’s failure to find a solution to their dispute with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) over firefighters’ pensions. A further four-day strike is due to start at 6pm on Friday 31 October - the longest walkout so far in the dispute which has lasted for over a year.

Councillor John Edwards said: “Government have...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 15:00 - Industrial action

Update issued at 7pm Tuesday 4 November

96 hours of industrial action by firefighters came to an end at 6pm this evening (Tues 4 November).

Area Commander Simon Shilton said: “The last four days have tested our contingency arrangements. At times the demand was a challenge for the limited resources we had available.

“We took a total of 627 calls during the 96 hours, and...