Press Releases

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.


Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 10:45 - Industrial action, 10 July

Update issued at 7.15pm:

Today's industrial action by firefighters ended at 7pm. Simon Shilton, WMFS Area Commander (Emergency Response) said: “Our non-striking operational staff attended some 40 incidents throughout the West Midlands during today’s nine-hour strike.
“One incident involved a man who suffered ten per cent burns to his face, arms and chest after some fuel...

Monday, June 30, 2014 - 10:30 - #smethwickfire anniversary

A year after the biggest fire ever tackled by West Midlands Fire Service, the brigade is welcoming national progress towards a code of practice for the storage of waste and recycling materials.

The blaze at Jayplas Ltd, which became known as ‘#smethwickfire’ following international social media interest, was sparked by a floating ‘sky lantern’ landing on thousands of tonnes of plastic...

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 08:45 - Firefighters’ Strike, 21 June

Update issued at 5pm, Saturday 21 June:

A spokesman for West Midlands Fire Service said: “Although this is a national dispute, it clearly affects us here in the West Midlands.

“Today’s seven hours of industrial action again required us to implement our contingency plans so we could continue to deliver a service to our communities.

“Fortunately, none of the 31 incidents to...

Friday, June 13, 2014 - 12:00 - Play it safe this summer!

On the eve of England’s opening match in the World Cup, West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is urging people to ‘Play it safe this summer’.

Football fans nationwide are expected to party and watch Saturday’s game against Italy in Brazil. But WMFS is also urging them to watch their alcohol intake as well as the BBQ and cooker if they’re rustling up a footy feast.

“We want everyone...

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 09:15 - HS2 - statement

Statement re proposed development of HS2, from Phil Loach (Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands ) and Coun John Edwards (Chair, West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority).

The development of HS2 next to our headquarters site on Vauxhall Road in Birmingham is due to start in 2017. We anticipate up to four years of...