Press Releases

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 09:30 - Fire safety on right note!

Ugandan children’s choir ‘Destiny Africa’, who are currently touring the UK, entertained Sheldon firefighters as a special thank you for vital fire safety lessons.

Members of Red Watch laid on a busy programme of fire and road safety sessions for the children, who have performed at locations around the world including 10 Downing Street. It...

Monday, April 14, 2014 - 16:15 - MG6 joins WMFS

West Midlands Fire Service has added a new vehicle to its fleet - an MG6 GT.

The car will be used by the service’s Road Casualty Reduction Team (RCRT) and play a major role in helping to reduce the number of road accidents across the West Midlands.

The RCRT works in conjunction with the multi-agency West Midlands Road Safety Partnership, which is committed to reducing the number...

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:30 - Hoping to tri-umph!

A West Midlands firefighter is in training for one of the world’s toughest endurance events - the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

Jenny Hill, of Ladywood community fire station’s Purple Watch, will swim 2.4 miles in the Pacific off Kona Island before cycling 112 miles and running a full marathon on 11 October.

But the 31-year-old is no stranger to pushing herself to the...

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 16:30 - In safe hands!

A husband and wife have guided 1,000 tours of West Midlands Fire Service’s Safeside centre in Birmingham, delivering vital safety messages to around 5,000 children between them.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Gary Taylor, and Councillor John Edwards, Chair of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA), congratulated Sheila and Harry Dennick with a surprise presentation at the...

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 15:45 - Red Hot Winners!
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 16:45 - Shared control is go!

The shared fire control for West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services went live on the morning of Monday 31 March.

The two organisations have merged their fire control rooms into one shared service which operates from Vauxhall Road in Birmingham. From there control staff are handling emergency calls and managing the resources sent to deal with incidents for both areas....

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 23:15 - Recognition Awards

Operational excellence… outstanding teamwork and community engagement… innovation and creativity - just some of the achievements showcased tonight at West Midlands Fire Service’s Recognition Awards Dinner.

Firefighters and support staff were honoured at the ICC in Birmingham, where awards were presented by Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach and Mr Gerry McCann (Fire, Health and Safety...

Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:15 - Believe!

A new campaign, designed to illustrate the varied, innovative and often unpublicised work of West Midlands Fire Service, is launched today (Friday 28 March).

The ‘Reasons to Believe’ (RTB) initiative supports the service’s latest three-year plan for making the West Midlands safer, which goes live next week.

Using the social media and online hashtag ‘#RTB’, the campaign will...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:45 - Shared fire control service

Emergency calls to West Midlands and Staffordshire fire and rescue services will be handled by a new shared fire control service from Monday 31 March.

The two organisations are merging their fire control rooms into one shared service which will operate from Vauxhall Road in Birmingham. From there control staff will handle emergency calls and manage the resources sent to deal with...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:15 - Employment Street

Hundreds of job seekers are expected to head for Handsworth Community Fire Station on Rookery Road when it throws open its doors for a five-hour Jobs Fair.

The free event has been organised by one of Handsworth Wood’s Councillors, Cllr Narinder Kaur Kooner, in partnership with Business in the Community, West Midlands Fire Service and the Handsworth Wood Community Development Trust....