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UKISAR volunteers stood with Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown
19 September 2023
All members of the UK International Search and Rescue (UK ISAR) team, including our seven staff, have returned to the UK safely following their deployment to Morocco.
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A damaged building in Morocco with two locals surveying the damage
11 September 2023
Seven fire and rescue personnel from the West Midlands are among some 60 staff from around the UK who landed in Morocco on Monday to aid rescue efforts.
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Firefighter Jack Baker smiling while being awarded a trophy
1 August 2023
Highgate firefighter, Jack Baker, retained three of his titles at the British Firefighter Challenge competition in Manchester.
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Union flag bunting
3 May 2023
As people nationwide prepare to celebrate with Coronation street parties, we’re asking street party and event organisers to keep access for emergency vehicles and hydrants in mind.
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A group of UK fire and rescue staff who volunteer as member of UK International Search and Rescue
19 March 2023
Storm Freddy prompts Malawian request for help
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Firefighter Sahfan Khan pictured with a group of other instructors and emergency service colleagues in Ukraine.
24 February 2023
A West Midlands Fire Service firefighter, Sahfan Khan, recently reflected on his emotional trip to Lviv, Ukraine, where he volunteered for two weeks at the start of the war.
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UKISAR personnel working in rubble next to excavator
7 February 2023
Eight West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) personnel are en route to Türkiye, as part of the UK’s response to devastating earthquakes that have struck the south of the country and northern Syria.
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Awards for various challeges laid out on a table
1 October 2022
More than 400 firefighters competed during the weekend, representing nearly 40 fire and rescue services from across the UK, as well as a guest team from Ukraine.
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An image of a rope rescue taking place with Starts Today and the UKRO logo on it.
30 September 2022
After a year’s planning, we’re proud and delighted to be welcoming hundreds of firefighters to the spectacular UKRO Festival of Rescue 2022!
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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
8 September 2022
This evening, Thursday 8 September, we learned with great sadness of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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