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Saltley Fire – Statement 

29 Mar 16

Update issued at 3.25pm: 
We now have two aerial platforms there, and an on-site digger is being brought into use to move and separate the scrap materials.


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D-Day veteran honourd 

15 Feb 16

A D-Day veteran who is a former Walsall firefighter was honoured by serving firefighters after being decorated with one of France’s highest honours.


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30 years’ service 

8 Feb 16

Firefighters and support staff who this year complete three decades’ service with West Midlands Fire Service have been presented with 30 Year Service Awards.


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Clothing appeal 

22 Jan 16

Organisers of a West Midlands Fire Service charity clothing collection are set to repeat it, following its success.


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Acid incident 

14 Jan 16

At 8.51am this morning (Thurs 14 Jan 2016) we received a 999 call to industrial premises on the Watery Lane Industrial Estate in Willenhall, Walsall.


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Burner warning 

13 Jan 16

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is urging people not to use laundry fragrance beads in aromatherapy burners, after a small but potentially serious house fire.


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Sean Moore OBE 

30 Dec 15

A West Midlands firefighter has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to national and international search and rescue.


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Awards Evening 

13 Nov 15

Outstanding achievements by firefighters, fire control and support staff were celebrated tonight (Friday 13 November) at West Midlands Fire Service’s Reward and Recognition Evening.


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Long Service medals awarded 

5 Nov 15

Long Service and Good Conduct medals awarded
West Midlands Fire Service has honoured staff who have completed 20 years of exemplary service.


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Stay ‘wheely’ safe! 

19 Oct 15

Cyclists are invited to a free event dedicated to safety on two wheels, being held at Brierley Hill community fire station.


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Rowland’s 500th Tour 

7 Oct 15

A volunteer at the West Midlands’ innovative Safeside centre has led his 500th tour.


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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep 15

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015
Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.


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Telecare Pilot Scheme 

14 Sep 15

WMFS to provide a Non-Emergency Falls Response in Coventry     
West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) firefighters will now respond to non emergency calls to falls for the elderly and vulnerable in a new pilot scheme that launches today.


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Stirchley fire 

13 Jul 15

Just before 2.40am this morning (Mon 13 July), West Midlands Fire Service received a 999 call reporting a fire at a residential address in Dogpool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.


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Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul 15

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.


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Poland here we come! 

7 Jul 15

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.


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Deadly risk 

25 Jun 15

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) is calling on smokers to wake up to the deadly dangers of smoking.


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A sound partnership! 

22 Jun 15

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.


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International rescue! 

4 Jun 15

Six West Midlands firefighters are heading to Germany this Sunday, to take part in an international extrication challenge.


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WMFS Supports Pride 2015 

21 May 15

West Midlands Fire Service is delighted to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.


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Life-saving link-up 

13 May 15

Three Birmingham fire stations now have life-saving defibrillators available for use by the public, thanks to a link-up between the West Midlands’ fire and ambulance services.


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Warning to smokers 

12 May 15

Smokers in the West Midlands are being warned to consider the dangers, following the death of a pensioner who was engulfed by flames in his armchair.


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Extrication challenge 

11 May 15

Hundreds of people headed for Walsall Community Fire Station on Saturday (9 May) for its ever-popular open day – and to watch firefighters compete in a skills challenge.


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Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr 15

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.


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Adrian’s award 

25 Mar 15

Watch Commander Adrian Hutt became Coventry’s latest Good Citizen when he was presented with an award by the city’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel Noonan.


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Achievement awards 

20 Mar 15

West Midlands Fire Service firefighters and support staff, plus members of the public and police officers, were honoured for selfless acts of courage and outstanding achievement at a prestigious awards ceremony last night (19 March).


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Sprinkler success! 

17 Mar 15

A recently retired Watch Commander with West Midlands Fire Service has been presented with a national award in recognition of his work raising awareness of the value of fire sprinkler systems.


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Handsworth Jobs Fair 

12 Mar 15

Hundreds of job seekers and budding entrepreneurs are expected at Handsworth community fire station when it hosts a five-hour jobs fair.


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Industrial Action 

18 Feb 15

Update issued at 12.10pm Wednesday 25 February
Since the 24-hour strike by firefighters started at 7am today, we have attended two incidents:
07:30 Sutton Coldfield: false alarm
11:27 Aston: false alarm
We have 23 fire engines, one Brigade…


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Three decades’ service 

13 Feb 15

Firefighters, Fire Control and Support Staff who this year complete three decades’ service with West Midlands Fire Service were today presented with 30 Year Service Awards.


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Fire stations plans 

12 Feb 15

Plans to demolish and replace two of the West Midlands’ community fire stations are set to be considered by members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA).


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Wardens Commended by WMFS 

11 Feb 15

Two quick-thinking Community Wardens saved the lives of a house full of students in Selly Oak, after drama struck during a routine patrol.


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Beryl’s lovin’ it! 

9 Feb 15

Shopper Beryl Bailey (pictured, right) clearly LOVES a good offer – and that’s just what she was getting ahead of Valentine’s Day, from Watch Commander Tony Bucknall!
Tony and crew were down at ASDA in Wolverhampton, spreading the word about…


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Flip-tastic! 

6 Feb 15

West Midlands firefighters are set to wage ‘pancake war’ on Monday 16 February, when crews from various Black Country stations will battle it out for the title of ‘fastest flipper’!
The brigade’s Black Country South partnerships team has …


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An interesting day 

16 Jan 15

Many thanks to Jan Britton, Chief Executive at Sandwell Council, for letting us share his latest staff blog.


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Business fire safety 

30 Dec 14

Coventry fire crews have been carrying out unannounced fire safety visits across the city during the festive period.


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Seasonal safety 

5 Dec 14

Update issued at 12pm, Tuesday 9th December.


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Chair’s letter to Minister 

3 Dec 14

Date: 1 December 2014
Penny Mordaunt, MPParliamentary Under Secretary of StateDCLG4th Floor, Fry Building2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF
Dear Fire Minister…


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YES Forum launch 

31 Oct 14

Birmingham’s young people are making their voices heard and helping to make their communities safer, thanks to a new forum set up by blue light service providers in the City.


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Chief Fire Officer appointed 

28 Oct 14

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority have appointed Phil Loach to the post of Chief Fire Officer of the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS).


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Ambulance boost! 

10 Oct 14

School children from Birmingham ended up at the scene of a road traffic collision but, thankfully, it wasn’t for real.


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‘Hamsters’ raise £7,000! 

30 Sep 14

During blood cancer awareness month members of West Midlands Fire Service raised over £7,000 for Cure Leukaemia and The Fire Fighters Charity by completing 50 consecutive hours running on a human hamster wheel in full fire-fighting kit in Birmingham…


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Shared Fire Control 

29 Sep 14

Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control has been officially opened today (Monday 29 September).


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Safer 6 is back! 

22 Sep 14

Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back for 2014 – six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the borough’s six towns.


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Tenants’ safety boost 

15 Sep 14

Sandwell Council is joining forces with West Midlands Fire Service to raise fire safety awareness among its tenants and leaseholders who live in the borough’s 5,000 low-rise properties.


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Traineeships 

11 Sep 14

Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police have teamed up with South and City College and are looking for 15 young people to take part in a unique three month work experience placement that will help them get…


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Hamster wheel challenge! 

9 Sep 14

A 50-strong team of firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) are taking part in a unique endurance challenge for Birmingham-based blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and The Fire Fighters Charity.


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The Ripple Effect 

8 Sep 14

A powerful new video about the consequences of road crashes is set to drive home vital safety messages to new West Midlands drivers.


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Station’s official opening 

3 Sep 14

The West Midlands’ newest community fire station is set to be officially opened this weekend, during a ceremony attended by serving and retired firefighters.


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Industrial action 

8 Aug 14

Update issued at 2.05pm Saturday 9 August:
This lunchtime’s two-hour strike by firefighters ended at 2pm.







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