Press Releases

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...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 14:00 - Improving lives to save lives

A world-renowned public health expert has endorsed the work of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) in tackling health inequalities.

The brigade is the first and only organisation to be endorsed by Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Director of the Institute of Health Equity at University College London.

Sir Michael specialises in the social determinants of health - the factors which...

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 13:15 - Ramping it up!

A West Midlands fire station is now ‘home’ to a critical piece of equipment which could be sent anywhere in the country as part of national resilience arrangements.

The new High Volume Pump (HVP) Ramping Module has been developed as a collaborative project between the National Resilience HVP Capability Team and Babcock Critical Services Ltd, supported by West Midlands Fire Service (...

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 13:00 - YES Forum launch

Birmingham’s young people are making their voices heard and helping to make their communities safer, thanks to a new forum set up by blue light service providers in the City. 

The Youth Emergency Service (YES) Forum launches today (31 Oct) to give young people a stake in shaping and influencing the emergency services that serve where they live.

The YES Forum has been set up by...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:45 - Strikes - WMFRA statement

The Chair of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority has condemned the Government’s failure to find a solution to their dispute with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) over firefighters’ pensions. A further four-day strike is due to start at 6pm on Friday 31 October - the longest walkout so far in the dispute which has lasted for over a year.

Councillor John Edwards said: “Government have...

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 15:00 - Industrial action

Update issued at 7pm Tuesday 4 November

96 hours of industrial action by firefighters came to an end at 6pm this evening (Tues 4 November).

Area Commander Simon Shilton said: “The last four days have tested our contingency arrangements. At times the demand was a challenge for the limited resources we had available.

“We took a total of 627 calls during the 96 hours, and...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 13:00 - Tick, tock, test!

Last year, over half of the country’s 213 fire deaths in the home were caused by smoke inhalation.

Working smoke alarms can give people the wake-up call they need to escape. Shockingly, in the majority of fatal domestic fires, smoke alarms were either absent or didn’t go off - and a common cause was missing or flat batteries.

That’s why West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is...

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 17:00 - Winning team!

West Midlands Fire Service’s Fire Research and Investigation Team (FRIT) is celebrating winning ‘Team of the Year’ at a national awards event.

Established 31 years ago as the UK’s first ever dedicated fire investigation team, they have since investigated more than 11,700 incidents for the brigade, police and other criminal services.

Their achievements were recognised on Friday (...

Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:15 - Ambulance boost!

School children from Birmingham ended up at the scene of a road traffic collision but, thankfully, it wasn't for real. They were experiencing the newest scenario at the indoor educational village at Safeside.

Year 5 pupils from Cotteridge Junior and Infant School visited West Midlands Fire Service’s indoor safety 'village' in the city’s Eastside...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 14:30 - Safe journey!

Thousands of West Midlands school children are set to benefit from a brand new travel information centre designed and built just for them!

The facility opened today at West Midlands Fire Service’s flagship Safeside safety venue. It has been funded by Centro and is part of a continuing partnership between the West Midlands Safer Travel Partnership Anti Social Behaviour Team, Centro’s...