Press Releases

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 ...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 14:15 - Traineeships

Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police have teamed up with South and City College and are looking for 15 young people to take part in a unique three month work experience placement that will help them get their foot on the career ladder.

The traineeship scheme is aimed at young people in the West Midlands to help develop their skills and provide...

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 12:00 - Hamster wheel challenge!

A 50-strong team of firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) are taking part in a unique endurance challenge for Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Starting at 5pm on Friday September 12th underneath the bandstand at Birmingham’s Brindley Place, 50 of the region’s firefighters will each run for one hour in full kit on a human...

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 08:00 - The Ripple Effect

A powerful new video about the consequences of road crashes is set to drive home vital safety messages to new West Midlands drivers.

‘The Ripple Effect’ features two real families left devastated after a son and a daughter were hit by speeding vehicles.

Police and fire officers from the West Midlands talk of the horrors they have to deal with following a crash, while young...

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:00 - Station's official opening

The West Midlands’ newest community fire station is set to be officially opened this weekend, during a ceremony attended by serving and retired firefighters.

A plaque will be unveiled at the Haden Cross site on Barrs Road, Cradley Heath by Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach and Councillor John Edwards, Chair of the West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

Retired retained...

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...