Press Releases

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 10:15 - Register your stuff!

New research has revealed that only just over a third of British buyers currently register all of their appliances with the manufacturer – meaning many thousands of owners are virtually untraceable if a safety repair is needed.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is welcoming the launch of a new web portal by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA), designed to...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 09:15 - Call to businesses

Members of the business community in the West Midlands are being invited to have their say on their Fire Authority’s budget plans for the forthcoming year.

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is required by law to consult annually with people who are subject to non-domestic rates about its financial plans.

Members of the business community have been invited to attend the...

Friday, January 16, 2015 - 08:45 - An interesting day

Many thanks to Jan Britton, Chief Executive at Sandwell Council, for letting us share his latest staff blog. 

Well, yesterday turned out to be a very interesting day.

Some of the directors and I went over to the Fire Service HQ in Birmingham to have a meeting with the still relatively new Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, and some of his senior team.


Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - 15:00 - Recruitment update

An amazing 5,917 people registered for our recent two-week recruitment drive for firefighters, 3,659 of whom completed their applications.

Best of luck to everyone who applied, and thank you!

We’re now working through applications to see who did well enough to be invited to progress to the next stage.

The plan is to inform successful and non-successful applicants by the...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014 - 11:00 - Business fire safety

Coventry fire crews have been carrying out unannounced fire safety visits across the city during the festive period.

They have identified several businesses storing excessive stock in designated fire escape routes, potentially putting staff and the public at risk in an emergency.

Coventry Fire Station Commander Pete Drummond said: “Escape routes and exits should be available at...

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 14:30 - Have a safe Christmas!

From the smoke alarm to the tree lights, the kitchen to the car, West Midlands Fire Service is urging people to stay safe this Christmas and New Year.

WMFS has issued some festive tips to help stay accident and fire-free.

Pete Wilson, the brigade’s Head of Community Safety, said: “Our key safety message at Christmas is the importance of fitting smoke alarms, making sure they...

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:15 - Station's life-saver

The West Midlands’ newest community fire station, Haden Cross, is set to officially launch its community-funded defibrillator on 15 December 2014.

The defibrillator, which will be accessible to members of the public around the clock, will be a permanent feature outside the main entrance to the station. It will be stored in a keypad cabinet, the code to which will be available by...

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 16:30 - Chair's letter to Minister

Date: 1 December 2014

Penny Mordaunt, MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
4th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street

Dear Fire Minister,

I am writing to draw to your attention the serious concerns of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority about the ongoing impact being felt by West Midlands Fire Service because of...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 15:00 - Firefighter recruitment

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is set to recruit around 50 new firefighters, with an online application process starting on Monday 8 December 2014.

The brigade is gearing up for thousands of applicants to visit its website,, in the hope of becoming one of the 1,322...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 16:45 - Warning to smokers

West Midlands Fire Service is warning smokers to take extra care when lighting up. The brigade is also urging family, friends and neighbours of elderly or otherwise vulnerable smokers to remind them of the risks and what they can do to minimise the dangers.

Area Commander Steve Vincent said: “As winter starts to take hold, people tend to stay in more to keep warm. For many smokers that...