Press Releases

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

Hundreds of job seekers and budding entrepreneurs are expected at Handsworth community fire station when it hosts a five-hour jobs fair.

The free event, which is open to local people, will take place on Friday 27 March between 10am and 3pm.

It has been organised the Handsworth Wood Community Development Trust, in partnership with Councillor Narinder Kooner and the fire station...

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...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 09:30 - Fire stations plans

Plans to demolish and replace two of the West Midlands’ community fire stations are set to be considered by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).

The futures of Aston and Coventry stations will discussed by WMFRA members at their next full meeting on Monday 16 February.

Reports about both sites say they need to be improved to suit a modern-day fire service...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 08:45 - Wardens Commended by WMFS

Two quick-thinking Community Wardens saved the lives of a house full of students in Selly Oak, after drama struck during a routine patrol. The duo have now been commended by West Midlands Fire Service.

Working as part of the Community Warden Scheme (a partnership between the Guild and the University of Birmingham), Charlotte Coleman and Sean McDonald were on a routine patrol of...