Press Releases

Friday, November 13, 2015 - 19:15 - Awards Evening

Outstanding achievements by firefighters, fire control and support staff were celebrated tonight (Friday 13 November) at West Midlands Fire Service’s Reward and Recognition Evening.

Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach presented awards to staff from across the West Midlands at the event, which was held at Edgbaston Cricket Stadium in Birmingham and sponsored by Marks and Spencer.


Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 09:30 - Long Service medals awarded

Long Service and Good Conduct medals awarded

West Midlands Fire Service has honoured staff who have completed 20 years of exemplary service.

Sixteen Long Service and Good Conduct Medals and awards were presented to uniformed and non-uniformed staff during a ceremony at WMFS Headquarters in Birmingham last night (4 November).

Phil Loach, Chief Fire...

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 15:15 - New 'safe and well' visits

Vulnerable people such as the elderly are set to benefit from new ‘Safe and Well’ visits being carried out by West Midlands firefighters.

The initiative builds on the long-standing success of Home Safety Checks (HSCs), which have helped to protect thousands of people throughout the West Midlands from the risk of fire in their home.

Safe and Well visits will still incorporate an...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 14:00 - Burn Awareness Day

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is urging people to fit smoke alarms and practise escape plans, as organisations nationwide join forces for National Burn Awareness Day (Wed 21 Oct).

Burns have physical as well as psychological effects, and can leave victims with life-long challenges - but many are preventable.

Pete Wilson, Head of Community Safety for WMFS, said: “We fully...

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 11:45 - WMFS wins health award

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has been recognised by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) for its ongoing commitment to promoting health and wellbeing.

The RSPH’s Health and Wellbeing Awards 2015, now in their eighth year, showcase wide-ranging achievements that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of...

Monday, October 19, 2015 - 09:45 - Stay 'wheely' safe!

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.

Firefighters are joining forces with West Midlands Police, Dudley council’s road safety officers and Travel Awareness to stage the three-hour session from 11am to 2pm on Monday 26 October.

As well as bike security marking and road safety advice, visitors...

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 14:00 - Rowland’s 500th Tour

A volunteer at the West Midlands’ innovative Safeside centre has led his 500th tour.

Rowland Smith, who lives in Coventry, has delivered vital safety messages to thousands of school children since he signed up as a volunteer in 2009.

He quickly became a leader guide, with responsibility for delivering  ‘Junior Citizen’ tours, greeting groups and conducting safety...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 09:45 - AFA Response Update

Business Support Vehicle’s to attend Hospital AFA’s

From 12 October West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) Business Support Vehicles (BSV) will, under specific circumstances, be attending automatic alarm activations at hospital premises as a lone vehicle.

The 3 BSV vehicles, which were introduced from February this year, are part of the Fire Service’s efforts to...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 09:00 - Update to AFA Challenge

Alarm Receiving Centres – 24 hour call challenge

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) will now challenge all calls received from Alarm Receiving Centres (ARCs) on a 24 hour basis in a new trial that commenced recently.

WMFS attends more than 10,000 false alarm calls each year generated by Automatic Fire Alarms (AFAs) however 98% of these false alarms are unwanted...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 09:45 - Safer 6 Is Back

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015

Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.

The campaign, which is entering its sixth year, runs from 28 September to 8 November and targets the efforts of organisations in Sandwell, that work closely throughout the year, to...