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WMFS Response to ballot outcome

We have received formal notification from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) of the outcome of their recent ballot for industrial action. We acknowledge the result of this ballot and over the coming days we will be assessing the situation.

We remain committed to continuing discussions with the FBU as we seek to find a negotiated resolution whilst providing the best possible service to the communities of the West Midlands.

Our Accounts

As part of our commitment to transparency, our accounts are available to view on our website.

Today we are issuing a formal notice to our communities that from Monday 4th June 2018 anyone on the electoral register is able to inspect our accounts for the financial year 2017-2018. The period of exercise of public rights commences at 10.00am on 4th June 2018 and will conclude at 5pm on 13th July 2018.

Our (currently unaudited as at 21st May 2018) Statement of Accounts 2017-2018 can be viewed in our Documents section which also includes many other publications.

Formal notice of the right to inspect the financial year 2017-2018 accounts is given below.




The Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015

The Authority’s accounts are subject to external audit by Grant Thornton UK LLP of 11th Floor, Colmore Plaza, 20 Colmore Circus, Birmingham, West Midlands, B4 6AT. Members of the public and local government electors have certain rights in the audit process:

  1. Notice is hereby given that from 4th June 2018 to 13th July 2018 (excluding Saturdays and Sundays) between 10.00am and 5.00pm any person may inspect the accounting records of the Authority for the financial year to 31st March 2018 and certain related documents (comprising books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts) at the address given below. They may also make copies of the accounts and documents.
  2. From 10.00 am on 4th June 2018 to 5pm on 13th July 2018 at the request of a local government elector, the local auditor must give the elector, or any representative of the elector, an opportunity to question the auditor about the accounting records of the Authority.
  3. From 10.00am on 4th June 2018 until the conclusion of the audit process a local government elector for the area of the Authority or his/her representative may object to the Authority’s accounts asking that the auditor issue a report in the public interest or apply for a declaration that an item of account is unlawful under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014. Written notice of the proposed objection and the grounds on which it will be made must be sent to the auditor at the address given above and also copied to the Authority at the address given above.
  4. The Statement of Accounts for West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority is available to view on the internet during the period of display. The web address is: www.wmfs.net

Dated 25th May 2018

Mike Griffiths
West Midlands Fire Service
99 Vauxhall Road
B7 4HW

Firefighters Indoor Everest Challenge

Firefighters from Haden Cross Community Fire Station are set to climb Mount Everest – in a day! 

But there’ll be no trip to the Himalayas. Instead, the intrepid group will be staging their 8,848m-climb in Dudley, under cover of the intu Merry Hill shopping centre. 

Firefighter Matt Crawford, who will be joining this Saturday’s expedition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “There’ll be around ten of us taking part, using a nine-metre fire service ladder pitched outside Debenhams inside the Merry Hill Centre. Each of us will need to climb the ladder 121 times to reach 8,848m!  

“The charity is a cause very close to all of our hearts. Its work supports injured firefighters and their families by offering rehabilitation, recuperation and psychological support.  

“Firefighters work hard to serve the communities they protect. There are times when they put everything on the line to rescue someone, risking physical and mental injury, even the ultimate sacrifice which would see them leave loved ones behind. 

“The organisation needs over £8 million a year to meet the needs of its beneficiaries and relies on donations and fundraising.” 

The team’s ascent will start at around 10am on Saturday (21 April) and is expected to take five or six hours.  

Naomi Campbell, intu Merry Hill’s Community Development Manager, said: “As a centre we are committed to supporting our local services. We are delighted to support Haden Cross Community Fire Station in this amazing challenge and hope the event is a huge success for this great cause!” 

If you could like to donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/hadencross 

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