West Midlands Fire Service News

West Midlands Fire Service Provides Large-Scale Training Exercises To Students

The latest of West Midlands Fire Service’s large-scale training exercises involved more than 100 volunteers playing the roles of casualties and evacuees. West Midlands Fire Service joined forces with Coventry University and Coventry City Council, to provide a unique opportunity for students on a number of courses to put their learning into practice. Just after 10am on Friday 5 October, some 10 fire engines and more than 50 firefighters responded to the training scenario of a fire in the c...

Allegion UK Raises Funds For The Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) And The Fire Fighters Charity

Allegion UK, a specialist in fire safety and security products and solutions, last week took an impressive 500,000 steps towards raising £500 in aid of Fire Door Safety Week (FDSW) and The Fire Fighters Charity. Using two treadmills, 35 employees from the Allegion UK team worked as one to take part in their corporate challenge to walk, run, jog or dance 500,000 steps in four days. During the challenge, the team joined forces with the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), who visited the Alle...

Sprinklers And Timely Response From West Midlands Fire Service Block Fire At Coppice House

A kitchen fire in a flat in Coppice House, a tower block in Birmingham caused a sprinkler activation which restricted fire damage to the oven grill and the plastic control knobs for the hob. There was smoke damage to the whole of the kitchen but water damage was minimal due to quick response time from West Midlands Fire Service, assessment of situation and their isolation of the sprinkler system. Only one appliance from WMFS was required due to the sprinkler activation.

West Midlands Fire Service Opens A New Community Fire Station At Coventry And Allows Public Visit

Coventry’s new community fire station will be officially opened this weekend – and it’s throwing open its doors to the public! Following an opening ceremony for invited guests, the Radford Road site will be staging a road safety awareness day from 12 noon until 4 pm on Sunday (2 June), to coincide with the city’s two-day MotoFest. Visitors will be able to tour the new fire station and watch firefighters giving demonstrations of how they rescue people from car crashes and...

West Midlands Fire Service Supports NFCC’s National Sprinkler Week Campaign To Enhance Fire Safety

West Midlands Fire Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week campaign, from 19 to 24 May. NFCC and the National Fire Sprinkler Network (NFSN) research into sprinkler systems’ effectiveness and reliability found that they operate on 94% of occasions and extinguish or contain the fire virtually every time. The evidence also demonstrated that in both converted and purpose-built flats, sprinklers are 100% effective in controlling fires. Ins...

Annual Service Of Remembrance 2019 Pays Tribute To United Kingdom Firefighters

Promoted by the Firefighters Memorial Trust, the Annual Service of Remembrance pays tribute and recognizes the commitment and dedication of all United Kingdom firefighters– and those serving in British overseas territories – particularly those who have died as a result of their duties while serving the community. Tribute to Lost firefighters Representatives from West Midland Fire Service will be attending the memorial event and laying a wreath, paying tribute to firefighters who ha...

WMFS Warns Wheelie Bin Arsonists To Avoid Serious Risk Of Fire Spreading

Since January 2017, West Midlands firefighters have responded to 378 fires in wheelie bins. Of these, 295 (78 per cent) are believed to have been started deliberately. Group Commander Ben Diamond, of our Prevention team, said: “Setting a bin alight for kicks could seriously backfire. Any aerosols inside could explode, injuring anyone nearby. They could also be burnt or overcome by the combination of smoke and plastic fumes.” Serious Risk Of The Fire Spreading Deliberate and malici...

West Midlands Fire Service Organizes Apprenticeships Courses To Help Boost Skills ‘on-the-job’

Fifty members of West Midlands Fire Service staff have embarked on apprenticeship courses in the past year. And the organization is hoping that a further 50 will embark on on-the-job training in the next 12 months. To mark National Apprenticeship Week, a number of West Midlands Fire Service’s partner training organizations joined them at their headquarters to share course details with staff interested in boosting their skills. From West Midlands Fire Service transport and engineering work...

West Midlands Fire Service Commemorates Deaths Of Two Firefighters Lost 100 Years On

The deaths of two Birmingham firefighters – one believed to be the only in the UK ever to have died trying to rescue a colleague – have been marked exactly 100 years on. Herbert Dyche, who was stationed in Highgate, perished trying to save Acting Station Officer Alfred Moon. Moon, based in Aston, had himself been trying to rescue two workmen following a major leak at Saltley Gas Works. Tragically, his efforts were in vain. Commemorating fire fighters lost in rescue operations On 2...

West Midlands Shares Tips To Use Candles Safely And Prevent Accidental Fire Breakout

More than a third of reported accidental fires, started by candles in the home, result in death or injury. WMFS is urging people to ‘snuff out the risk’ this Candle Fire Safety Week (15-21 Oct) and beyond. Testing Alarms Regularly Candles are a welcoming sight in many homes, giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights" Pete Wilson, WMFS’ Head of Community Safety, said: “Candles are a welcoming sight in many homes, giving an atmospheric glow to cold winter nights....

West Midlands Fire Service Team Hay Mills Blue Watch Crowned National Champs At 2018 National BA Challenge

A team of West Midlands Fire Service firefighters have been crowned national champs in the use of breathing apparatus. Top honors went to Hay Mills Blue Watch at the 2018 National BA Challenge at the Fire Service College in Gloucestershire. Colleagues from Highgate Blue Watch also achieved fourth place overall, in a total field of 28. The event attracted teams of five firefighters from across the UK. Each was faced with the scenario of a property fire in which people were believed trapped. They...

WMFS Teams Showcase Strong Performances In This Year’s National Rescue Challenges

WMFS teams celebrated strong performances in this year’s national rescue challenges. Hosted in Cardiff Bay by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, firefighters from across the country took part in the UK Rescue Organisation (UKRO) event. The two-day showcase saw dozens of teams competing in extrication, trauma, rope, water and urban search and rescue (USAR) events. Members of our Technical Rescue Unit came second overall in the rope rescue challenge. Honing The Skills Of Firefighters Th...

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