Press Releases

Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 14:15 - WMFS Supports Pride 2015

West Midlands Fire Service is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.

The event takes place this Spring Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 May) and is the UK’s biggest 2 day LGBT festival.

A fire appliance and the fire bike will form part of the official Pride parade which leaves Victoria Square at midday on Saturday, with Firefighters and...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 10:30 - Life-saving link-up

Three Birmingham fire stations now have life-saving defibrillators available for use by the public, thanks to a link-up between the West Midlands’ fire and ambulance services.

Sheldon, Erdington and Bournbrook stations have received the devices from West Midlands Ambulance Service

An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to restart someone’s heart following a...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 16:00 - Warning to smokers

Smokers in the West Midlands are being warned to consider the dangers, following the death of a pensioner who was engulfed by flames in his armchair.

Mr Graham Gentry (71) died in hospital more than a month after suffering 45 per cent burns in a late night fire at his flat in Coventry on 19 January 2015. HM Coroner today (12 May) recorded a verdict of accidental death at Mr Gentry’s...

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 14:00 - Extrication challenge

Hundreds of people headed for Walsall Community Fire Station on Saturday (9 May) for its ever-popular open day – and to watch firefighters compete in a skills challenge.

An annual road traffic collision extrication challenge was incorporated into the open day, showcasing the high-level skills firefighters use when they respond to incidents.

The event supported the #savekidslives...

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 13:15 - Firefighters' thanksgiving

Firefighters from around the world attended the Firefighters' International Service of Thanksgiving yesterday (Sun 11 May), which took place at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.

Full details of the event can be found here:

Alison Newis, Public...

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 14:15 - Oldbury Fire

Update 11 May 2015:

Our fire investigators are now treating this incident as arson, and liaising with West Midlands Police who will be conducting a criminal inquiry.  


Update at 5.20pm:

The fire is now under control and we are looking to halve our resources at the scene.

Relief crews will be on site throughout...

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:45 - Nepal rescue mission
Update issued at 4.35pm Wednesday 6 May:
We are pleased to confirm that all West Midlands Fire Service members of the UKISAR deployment to Nepal returned home safely today (Wed).
They landed at Heathrow airport this morning, before travelling back to the West Midlands where they were welcomed by Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil...
Monday, April 13, 2015 - 15:30 - Staffing trials

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is to trial two new ways of staffing fire stations and engines, which could save as much as £3.8million a year if a success and subsequently implemented.

The trials are designed to help the service find ways of protecting its five-minute response time to serious incidents, and continuing its vital prevention and protection work in the community, in the...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 13:15 - Living Wage

Fire Authority set to adopt Living Wage  

Staff at West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) look set to be paid at least ‘The Living Wage’, if the move is approved by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

UNISON asked the brigade in late 2014 to consider adopting the pay level. A report to...

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 15:30 - Adrian's award

Watch Commander Adrian Hutt became Coventry's latest Good Citizen when he was presented with an award by the city's Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan.

Adrian, who is based at Coventry Community Fire Station, was recognised for going the extra mile by securing local and external funding to make communities safer by assisting in a national campaign to combat carbon monoxide poisoning,...