Press Releases

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:15 - Real inspiration!

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) firefighters, support staff and volunteers were recognised last night (21 July) at the Community Inspiration Awards 2015.

The awards, organised by the Community Foundation, celebrated outstanding contributions made by staff from public sector organisations and members of the community, whose...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 09:30 - Public health report

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has welcomed a report by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), which calls for millions more workers to become part of the public health workforce.

The document praises WMFS as an ‘early adopter’ in the field, and discusses the potential for thousands more firefighters and people in occupations not traditionally involved in public health to play...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 16:00 - Punjab kit boost

Fire cadets in Punjab are set to benefit from a link-up between West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) and the Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA).

Dozens of used and out-dated WMFS uniforms have been donated to the young would-be firefighters.

Baiju Panchmatia, Senior Purchasing Officer with WMFS, who is also the West Midlands regional chair of AFSA, said: “Some of our members...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 15:15 - Stirchley fire

Just before 2.40am this morning (Mon 13 July), West Midlands Fire Service received a 999 call reporting a fire at a residential address in Dogpool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.

Nearly 30 firefighters from five of our fire stations attended the scene, with the first arriving on scene in approximately five minutes.

Crews wearing breathing apparatus rescued a man from inside the...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 12:45 - Schools quiz 2015

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

A team from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School scooped a cheque for £200 and will keep the winners’ trophy for a year.

Second place went to pupils from Birmingham’s Rednal Hill School and third place to Wolverhampton’s St Anthony’...

Monday, July 13, 2015 - 10:45 - Cooking fires

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is warning people to take extra care when cooking, after a month in which ten adults and children were burnt or suffered from breathing in smoke and fumes.

Three of the incidents involved chip pans, and one a barbecue which a man lit with petrol. He was taken to hospital with at least 15 per cent burns.

Pete Wilson, Head of Community Safety for...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 12:00 - Poland here we come!


The team is now safely home. They finished 25th out of the 45 teams that took part in the competition, and 18th out of 36 in their ‘mixed teams’ category. This is an improvement on their performance two years ago in Mulhouse, France.

The team also took part in the opening and closing ceremonies and ran a stall with a display about UK culture and the group.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 12:45 - Vehicles' alarming success

Three vehicles dedicated to responding to automatic fire alarms in the West Midlands have attended more than 400 false alarms in the five months they have been in action.

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) introduced the first of its Business Support Vehicles (BSVs) in February this year, as part of efforts to stop fire engines and crews being deployed unnecessarily.

More than...

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...