Press Releases

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...

Monday, September 29, 2014 - 13:30 - Shared Fire Control

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control has been officially opened today (Monday 29 September).

The Chief Fire Officers and Fire Authority Chairs from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Midlands Fire Service unveiled a plaque at the event on Vauxhall Road, Birmingham.

Attendees had a tour of the control facility, which handles emergency calls and manages the...

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 17:15 - Safer 6 is back!

Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back for 2014 – six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the borough’s six towns.

This year's campaign will run from 29 September to 9 November, helping keep the borough safe and clean as the nights draw in.

Come along to the Safer 6 launch event in Oldbury Civic Square from 12 noon to 2pm on Saturday (27 September), when you...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 12:15 - Economic, efficient, effective

Economically, efficiently and effectively - that’s how West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA) managed its money in 2013/14, according to a report by external auditors.

Chartered accountants Grant Thornton UK say the authority provides value for money and has robust financial arrangements in place.

Members of WMFRA will consider the Audit Findings Report at their meeting...

Monday, September 15, 2014 - 12:45 - Tenants' safety boost

Sandwell Council is joining forces with West Midlands Fire Service to raise fire safety awareness among its tenants and leaseholders who live in the borough's 5,000 low-rise properties.

A special low-rise fire safety campaign is now underway and runs until until Friday 17 October.

A booklet called "Fire safety for your home", packed full of useful advice is being delivered to ...

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