Press Releases

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

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is warning people planning Hallowe’en, bonfire and fireworks parties this weekend to make safety their top priority, with firefighters set to stage a 96-hour strike from 6pm on Friday.

The industrial action by the Fire Brigades Union in their national dispute with the Government over pensions is due to end at 6pm on Tuesday.

Area Commander Simon...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 09:30 - Chief Fire Officer appointed

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority have appointed Phil Loach to the post of Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS). The unanimous decision by the Authority’s Appointments Committee takes immediate effect.

CFO Loach (47), who lives in Stourbridge, was appointed temporarily to the post in November 2013 following his predecessor’s retirement, with a brief to...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:00 - Tick, tock, test!

Last year, over half of the country’s 213 fire deaths in the home were caused by smoke inhalation.

Working smoke alarms can give people the wake-up call they need to escape. Shockingly, in the majority of fatal domestic fires, smoke alarms were either absent or didn’t go off - and a common cause was missing or flat batteries.

That’s why West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is...

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 17:00 - Winning team!

West Midlands Fire Service’s Fire Research and Investigation Team (FRIT) is celebrating winning ‘Team of the Year’ at a national awards event.

Established 31 years ago as the UK’s first ever dedicated fire investigation team, they have since investigated more than 11,700 incidents for the brigade, police and other criminal services.

Their achievements were recognised on Friday (...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:15 - Ambulance boost!

School children from Birmingham ended up at the scene of a road traffic collision but, thankfully, it wasn't for real. They were experiencing the newest scenario at the indoor educational village at Safeside.

Year 5 pupils from Cotteridge Junior and Infant School visited West Midlands Fire Service’s indoor safety 'village' in the city’s Eastside...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:30 - Safe journey!

Thousands of West Midlands school children are set to benefit from a brand new travel information centre designed and built just for them!

The facility opened today at West Midlands Fire Service’s flagship Safeside safety venue. It has been funded by Centro and is part of a continuing partnership between the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership Anti Social Behaviour Team, Centro’s...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 11:30 - 'Hamsters' raise £7,000!

During blood cancer awareness month members of West Midlands Fire Service raised over £7,000 for Cure Leukaemia and The Fire Fighters Charity by completing 50 consecutive hours running on a human hamster wheel in full fire-fighting kit in Birmingham City Centre.

The 50-hour challenge ran across the weekend with the wheel situated in the bandstand right in the heart of Birmingham’s...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 14:30 - The Unusual Suspects

A video featuring six dyslexic West Midlands firefighters talking candidly about their condition has been welcomed by the British Dyslexia Association and highlighted as good practice by the Department for Work and Pensions.

‘The Unusual Suspects’ has been launched to mark the start of a year-long campaign by...