About us

Our job is to keep the 2.9 million people of the West Midlands safe. We serve a diverse population across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton. We’re the second largest fire and rescue service in England, covering an area of 902 square kilometres which include areas with the highest risk in England outside of London.

We operate 38 whole-fire stations across the West Midlands with over 1200 firefighters working to make the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.

38
Fire Stations
1200
Firefighters

There’s a lot more to West Midlands Fire Service than just putting out fires though. From the risk based locations of our stations, our fire authority and ‘strategic enabling team’ and how we’re governed, to Our Plan – our 3 year strategy for keeping you safe. Scroll down or use the menu below to find out more about us, how we perform and what we’re achieving!

Find out what we're doing in your area
A map of the West Midlands with our fire stations marked on it

Looking to the future, we set out our priorities and objectives in ‘Our Plan’. It’s a rolling, three-year document which covers things like reducing serious traffic accidents, helping people have safer, healthier lives and making sure we tackle emergencies effectively and safely.

Our short video explains more, but don’t forget to visit ‘Our Plan’ to find out more about how we manage our response, prevention and protection work, and how we do it!

Visit Our Plan

How we're run

The West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority

West Midlands Fire Service is governed by a fire authority made up of 15 councillors representing our local councils. They are also joined by a West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner representative and two co-opted Members. 

There are four decision-making committees and two advisory panels/forums, in addition to the full Fire Authority, that aid in either decision making or advisory capacities. The list of the committees and their terms of reference can be found here: Committees and their terms of reference

A full list of the councillors, as well as the public meetings and documents relating to fire authority governance, can be found on our Committee Management Information Service system.

WMFS Authority Meeting with Chair, CFO and DCFO present

Our leadership team

We call them our 'Strategic Enabling Team'

Our Chief Fire Officer, Phil Loach, leads what we call, our Strategic Enabling Team (SET). These ‘directors’ of our service oversee the shape and direction of the brigade, and that we’re meeting our legal responsibilities.

SET consists of managers from across the organisation ranging in areas from Emergency Response to Communications and Finance.

Our fire stations

We have 38 fire stations across the West Midlands. We split them up by North Birmingham, South Birmingham, Black Country, Solihull and Coventry and Walsall and Wolverhampton.

We believe you should be able to contact your community fire stations directly, so their address, telephone number and social media accounts are listed. Just use the buttons to pick the area the station you want is in! Don’t worry, you can scroll up and down and see all our stations on that same page!

North Birmingham

North Birmingham includes: Aston, Erdington, Handsworth, Perry Barr, Ward End and Sutton Coldfield

 

Go to North Birmingham Stations

South Birmingham

South Birmingham includes: Billesley, Bournbrook, Hay Mills, Highgate, Kings Norton, Ladywood, Northfield, Sheldon and Woodgate Valley

Go to South Birmingham Stations

Solihull and Coventry

Solihull and Coventry includes: Bickenhill, Binley, Canley, Coventry, Foleshill, Solihull

 

Go to Solihull and Coventry Stations

Sandwell and Dudley

Sandwell and Dudley includes: Brierley Hill, Dudley, Haden Cross, Oldbury, Smethwick, Stourbridge, Tipton and West Bromwich

 

Go to Sandwell and Dudley Stations

Walsall and Wolverhampton

Walsall and Wolverhampton includes: Alridge, Bilston, Bloxwich, Fallings Park, Tettenhall, Walsall, Wednesbury, Willenhall and Wolverhampton

Go to Walsall and Wolverhampton Stations

West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters

To get in touch or find our headquarters, click below to get our full address and contact information.

West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters

What we publish

We publish a lot of information and documents to ensure we are transparent and open about how we operate. Our documents section contains all of the our publications and information which is released and categorised in line with guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office publication scheme.

Our freedom of information section holds all our published information requests we receive, you can also make a new request for information if what you want isn’t already published.

If you or someone you represent requires an incident report, sometimes called a fire report, we can provide this. Typically it’s used by insurance companies. Dependant on the type of information required, there is sometimes a charge for this information.

Finally, for details around our procurement and contracts procedures and you can find this on our site as well.

View our documents and publications

Freedom of Information

Incident (Fire) Reports

Procurement and Contracts

Sponsorship

We welcome sponsorship from companies to support our work in making the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier. Our various packages provide a great opportunities for companies to show off their products, services and brand while helping to support their local fire service.

There are different opportunities available, from sponsoring teams involved in national and international challenges, supporting our Reward and Recognition evenings, or helping us welcome our newest recruits on our ‘pass out’ ceremonies. More opportunities may be coming soon too, so watch this space.

Photo of families gathered in headquarters reception for pass out event.
International Search and Rescue team at 2018 reward and recognition event
A photo of certificates awarded to trainee firefighters successful in their course
Our crews competing at the Emergency Services Show RTC Extrication Challenge