[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]With YOUR help, two members of our staff could be singing their way to festive fundraising glory! (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A wide range of options for the future delivery of fire and rescue services are set to be considered by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).  (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]More than a third of reported accidental fires, started by candles in the home, result in death or injury. (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]A team of our firefighters have been crowned national champs in the use of breathing apparatus! (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The latest of our large-scale training exercises involved more than 100 volunteers playing the roles of casualties and evacuees. (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Our teams celebrated strong performances in this year’s national rescue challenges. (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This year saw fire and rescue teams from across the UK competing in the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) Extrication and Trauma Challenges, which was held for the second year running at the Emergency Services Show, NEC, Birmingham. The two-day event which is split into trauma scenarios and extrication scenarios tested firefighters skills at first aid and trauma care, road traffic accident extrication, casualty care and more.

As always, a high standard of skills was demonstrated by all the teams. We would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s challenges possible, our staff, hosts, partners, volunteers and emergency service colleagues all helped to make this year the best yet!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all of the teams that competed in this year’s Extrication and Trauma Challenges.

The results from the challenges can be seen further down this page.

The 1st and 2nd placed teams from WMFS will go forward to the national challenges next year.

Highgate Red Watch and Highgate Green Watch for extrication, Hay Mills / Northfield and Highgate / Northfield for trauma will go forward the compete in the national challenges next year.

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Results

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Extrication Challenge – Overall

1st – Avon FRS
2nd – West Midlands FS / Highgate Red
3rd – Hereford & Worcester FRS

Trauma Challenge – Overall

1st – Hampshire FRS
2nd – London FB
3rd – South Wales FRS

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Extrication Challenge – WMFS

1st – Highgate Red Watch
2nd – Highgate Green Watch
3rd – Brierley Hill Red Watch

Trauma Challenge – WMFS

1st – Hay Mills / Northfield
2nd – Highgate / Northfield
3rd – Highgate B

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[vc_column_text]Following the WMFS event at the Emergency Services Show 2018, the next big event is the United Kingdom Rescue Organisation (UKRO) Caerdydd Challenge on the 28th and 29th September

The UKRO Caerdydd Challenge will see more than 600 of the UK’s most skilled firefighters compete in staged rope rescues, water rescues, vehicle rescues and urban search and rescue contests in and around the Roald Dahl Plass. With SWFRS already boasting the World and UK Extrication Champions through their Bridgend Team, there is a lot at stake in this hotly contested competition with a range of national trophies and titles up for grabs.[/vc_column_text]

[vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/c0zz8OCrnhI”][/vc_column][/vc_row] [vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]People who assault or attack emergency workers are to face longer jail terms. (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Our ICT team will be showcasing the next generation of their award-winning workflow software at this year’s Emergency Services Show. (more…)

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Every year, we hold lots of charity car washes at our community fire stations across the West Midlands.

Although we support various charitable causes, often our fundraising is for The Fire Fighters Charity. The charity, set up in 1943, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.

So, for the month of September, we’re having a big push across the West Midlands to raise as much as we can for our friends at the The Fire Fighters Charity

All you need to help is a small donation, a dirty car and a nearby fire station that’s hosting an event! Cars, vans, trucks… no job is too small!

Check out the details below and keep an eye on our social media channels: Twitter and Facebook.

Here are all our car washes coming up over the next few weeks:

Dates                     Station

08/09/2018                 Aston

09/09/2018                 Fallings Park

15/09/2018                 Bournbrook

15/09/2018                 Brierley Hill

15/09/2018                 Solihull

22/09/2018                 Brierley Hill

22/09/2018                 Smethwick

28/09/2018                 Kings Norton

29/09/2018                 Brierley Hill

29/09/2018                 Sheldon

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