Press Releases

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:00 - Hot tips!

As summer temperatures start to soar, West Midlands Fire Service is urging people to take extra care in the sunshine, with barbecues and near water.

“We want everyone to enjoy the weather, but to keep an eye on their own safety at the same time,” said Pete Wilson, Head of Community Safety at WMFS. “It’s also important to check in on the elderly or vulnerable, to make sure they’re...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 13:15 - Deadly risk

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is calling on smokers to wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking.

The appeal follows two fatal fires in Birmingham in the last few weeks, where it appears cigarettes were a contributing factor.

People who are over 65 and live alone are at greater risk from fire and its effects - especially if they smoke or drink alcohol, or have a medical...

Monday, June 22, 2015 - 16:15 - A sound partnership!

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.

Emerald Spirit Group (ESG), which uses the community facilities at Ladywood fire station, will use the system at concerts it stages to raise funds for people in need.

The kit was once used at the WMFS Academy in Smethwick. Aghia Pal, a WMFS...

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 11:00 - 'Injured' people wanted

The call’s going out for more volunteers to play key roles in West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) training exercises.

Members of the WMFS Casualty Simulation Group (CSG) act as casualties to bring realism to firefighters’ training across a wide range of emergency-based scenarios.

Two large-scale exercises are held each weekend in the West Midlands - that’s 104 a year - and are...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 14:15 - International rescue!

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge.

The team, from Brierley Hill community fire station, are representing West Midlands Fire Service after winning a recent road traffic collision (RTC) skills challenge at Walsall fire station.

On Monday morning (8 June) they will compete in the...

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 12:15 - Enviro-boost!

Wildlife and the environment are set for even greater protection in the West Midlands during incidents such as large fires, oil spills or chemical leaks.

An ongoing partnership between the Environment Agency and West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) means that specialist kit for dealing with hazardous materials and environmental threats can now be deployed to incidents.

The two...

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...