Press Releases

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00 - Industrial Action

Update issued at 10am Thursday 26 February

24 hours of industrial action by firefighters came to an end at 7am this morning (Thurs 26 February)

Area Commander Simon Shilton said: “The past 24 hours have tested our contingency arrangements. We attended nearly 60 incidents. We are grateful to the public for heeding our safety warnings.

“Fortunately, the...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 15:45 - Three decades' service

Firefighters, Fire Control and Support Staff who this year complete three decades' service with West Midlands Fire Service were today presented with 30 Year Service Awards.

Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach and Coun John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, presented awards during a ceremony at WMFS HQ in Birmingham.

The award citation reads: "This award is...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 14:45 - Fire Authority budget

Council tax payers in the West Midlands could be asked to pay just an extra two pence a week for their fire service in 2015/16, if a report to West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is approved.

At the next full meeting of WMFRA on Monday (16 Feb), members will consider a proposed budget which would mean the fire service part of the average Council Tax bill in the West Midlands going...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 09:30 - Fire stations plans

Plans to demolish and replace two of the West Midlands’ community fire stations are set to be considered by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

The futures of Aston and Coventry stations will discussed by WMFRA members at their next full meeting on Monday 16 February.

Reports about both sites say they need to be improved to suit a modern-day fire service...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:45 - Wardens Commended by WMFS

Two quick-thinking Community Wardens saved the lives of a house full of students in Selly Oak, after drama struck during a routine patrol. The duo have now been commended by West Midlands Fire Service.

Working as part of the Community Warden Scheme (a partnership between the Guild and the University of Birmingham), Charlotte Coleman and Sean McDonald were on a routine patrol of...

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 20:30 - Beryl's lovin' it!

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer - and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall!

Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about our Valentine’s giveaway which is coming up on Saturday 14 February.

From 2pm-4pm, West Mids firefighters will be at two ASDA stores -...

Friday, February 6, 2015 - 17:00 - Flip-tastic!

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’!

The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has joined forces with Tesco at Burnt Tree in Dudley to stage the 11am-3pm event.

As well as taking part in races and pancake challenges throughout...

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 14:15 - Food for thought...

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is urging people to make cooking and fire safety top priorities this February.

Valentine’s Day, Shrove Tuesday and Chinese New Year all fall within six days of each other. They coincide with National Chip Week and half term.

With over half of all accidental fires in the home linked to cooking, WMFS is urging people to take care with their...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:15 - Register your stuff!

New research has revealed that only just over a third of British buyers currently register all of their appliances with the manufacturer – meaning many thousands of owners are virtually untraceable if a safety repair is needed.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is welcoming the launch of a new web portal by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), designed to...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:15 - Call to businesses

Members of the business community in the West Midlands are being invited to have their say on their Fire Authority’s budget plans for the forthcoming year.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is required by law to consult annually with people who are subject to non-domestic rates about its financial plans.

Members of the business community have been invited to attend the...