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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.

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!” 

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