Press Releases

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 16:00 - Operation Bleve

Officers from West Midlands Fire and Police services have joined together to create a new team to promote fuel station safety.

'Operation Bleve' will see officers making uniformed visits to filling stations across the West Midlands, conducting safety checks and providing advice and guidance to assist in the safe and effective sales and maintenance of fuel and associated equipment....

Friday, August 8, 2014 - 13:30 - Industrial action

Update issued at 00:35hrs Sunday 17 August 2014:

At the start of last night’s hour of industrial action by firefighters, at 22.59pm, six fire engines were at the scene of a fire in a disused factory unit in Doulton Road, Rowley Regis.

We were called there at 10.22pm. The crews remained at the scene in spite of the strike. Two of our strike contingency crews were sent there after...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 13:15 - New station is go!

Cradley Heath community fire station is set to close its doors for the very last time on Monday (4 August), when its firefighters move to a brand new base.

The Mace Street station’s bells will sound at 9.30am, marking the end of the building’s 72-year service to the local community.

Personnel past and present will parade outside the station for a small ceremony, before a...

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 12:00 - Northfield Manor fire

Please click here to read our 'Storify' article about last night's (30 July 2014) devastating fire at Northfield Manor House in Birmingham.

Issued by Neil Spencer, Senior Media Relations...

Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 15:45 - Walk2Wales

A West Midlands Fire Service employee has successfully completed a tough walking challenge - in spite of his fundraising buddy being taken ill.

Arron Lennon (Road Casualty Reduction Educator, Headquarters) and David Bailey, an Educational Presenter at Safeside, aimed to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and Cancer Research UK by walking...

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 09:00 - Long Service Awards

Long service and good conduct awards  

The Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands was among 24 operational staff from West Midlands Fire Service honoured for completing 20 years of exemplary service.

Phil Loach was among staff presented with Long Service and Good Conduct Medals during a ceremony at WMFS Headquarters in Birmingham last night (Wednesday 23 July...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:30 - 'Test' fires in Kings Norton

West Midlands Fire Service is preparing to stage a series of ‘test’ house fires, as part of the brigade’s ongoing research and analysis.

The fires will be carried out and monitored in a city council-owned house that’s due to be demolished in Tern Grove, Kings Norton, Birmingham between 21 and 30 July.

WMFS is committed to a risk-based response standard of five minutes for...

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:15 - Schools do battle!

Pupils from a Sandwell junior school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2014.

A team from Devonshire Junior School scooped a cheque for £200 and will keep the winners’ trophy for a year.

Second place went to St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School in Wolverhampton. Third was Walsall’s Castlefort JMI...

Friday, July 11, 2014 - 14:45 - Firefighters' strikes


Update issued at 7:05pm Monday 21 July:

This evening sees the end of 8 days of discontinuous industrial action due to the ongoing dispute between the Government and the Fire Brigade’s Union (FBU).

Area Commander Shilton said “Whilst we have managed to provide a successful resilience cover during this period our business continuity planning has been tested to its full...

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 15:30 - Wheels and Skills

A new road safety initiative is set to deliver life-saving road, vehicle and driving skills to West Midlands teenagers.

It’s hoped that the West Midlands schools ‘Wheels and Skills’ programme will visit around 35 sixth forms and colleges in the 2014/15 academic year, targeting an age group for whom traffic collisions are the single biggest cause of accidental death.