Press Releases

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 ...

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...