Press Releases

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,...

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:15 - Achievement awards

West Midlands Fire Service firefighters and support staff, plus members of the public and police officers, were honoured for selfless acts of courage and outstanding achievement at a prestigious awards ceremony last night (19 March).

Around 100 guests joined recipients at the brigade’s Achievement and Recognition Awards ceremony and dinner held at St Martin in the Bull Ring Church,...

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 20:45 - Sprinkler success!

A recently retired Watch Commander with West Midlands Fire Service has been presented with a national award in recognition of his work raising awareness of the value of fire sprinkler systems.

Dave John, who until late 2014 worked in Fire Safety at WMFS’s headquarters in Birmingham, has received the Bernadette Hartley Memorial Award.

The accolade is presented annually by the...

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:15 - Handsworth Jobs Fair

Speaking after the event, Station Commander Dave Janes said: "We were very pleased with how it went. We had about 650 visitors and there were 44 exhibitors. 

"A number of people went away with opportunities, and one was due to start work just a few days later after securing a job there and then! Others have interviews soon. 

"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone involved...

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 15:00 - Magazine Article

Many thanks to the International Fire Fighter magazine for this article which appeared in the March 2015 issue.

Reproduced with kind permission of MDM Publishing Ltd 

International Fire Fighter...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 10:00 - Industrial Action

Update issued at 10am Thursday 26 February

24 hours of industrial action by firefighters came to an end at 7am this morning (Thurs 26 February)

Area Commander Simon Shilton said: “The past 24 hours have tested our contingency arrangements. We attended nearly 60 incidents. We are grateful to the public for heeding our safety warnings.

“Fortunately, the...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 15:45 - Three decades' service

Firefighters, Fire Control and Support Staff who this year complete three decades' service with West Midlands Fire Service were today presented with 30 Year Service Awards.

Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach and Coun John Edwards, Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, presented awards during a ceremony at WMFS HQ in Birmingham.

The award citation reads: "This award is...

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 14:45 - Fire Authority budget

Council tax payers in the West Midlands could be asked to pay just an extra two pence a week for their fire service in 2015/16, if a report to West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is approved.

At the next full meeting of WMFRA on Monday (16 Feb), members will consider a proposed budget which would mean the fire service part of the average Council Tax bill in the West Midlands going...