eBay Find Sparks Fire Station Anniversary Celebrations

A chance discovery of an old document on eBay has sparked 65th-anniversary celebrations for a Shropshire fire station. A member of The Fire Brigade Society had found the original programme for the opening of Wellington Fire Station in 1953. “It…

Shropshire’s Fire and Rescue Service Expertise

Shropshire’s expertise for having one of the best run “on call” firefighter operations in the UK has been highlighted at a national conference.

Fire Officer, Group Manager Jon Temple and Watch Manager Tony Talbot showcased how Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service manages the Retained Duty System which employs 343 on-call firefighters who operate out of 22 of the county’s fire stations, most of them rural.

They add to Shropshire’s firefighting force of more than 500, including wholetime firefighters employed full time at fire stations in Telford, Wellington and Shrewsbury where populations are higher.

They were speaking to over 200 delegates from 44 fire and rescue services from across the country at the National Fire Chiefs Council conference in Hinckley Leicestershire this week.

Operation ‘Sabre’ Sets Off from Shropshire, UK to Romania

Shropshire firefighters are among an 18 strong group of volunteers who set off this week (Wednesday, October 11) on a 14th humanitarian aid mission to Transylvania after a traditional blessing from Shrewsbury Cathedral’s Very Reverend Canon Jonathan Mitchell in Shrewsbury Quarry. Operation…

Key Training for Shropshire Firefighters

A company has made a “key” contribution to training Shropshire firefighters in how to enter buildings quickly in an emergency. Building products manufacturer Epwin Group, a UK leader in innovative door and window design, gave hundreds of door locks to…

Fire Safety from Shropshire… to Denmark

Successful UK fire prevention methods will feature at a conference in Denmark in March after a visit organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service from a 22-year-old student. Andreas Sorgensen has just returned home after a ten week internship studying…

Shropshire’s newly appointed Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton

The new Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been appointed by Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority. Rod Hammerton, the former Deputy Chief Fire Officer, steps up to replace John Redmond, who has retired. After…

Shropshire’s CFO to retire

Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer John Redmond has announced his retirement after a distinguished 32 year career in the Fire and Rescue Service. He has led the county brigade through some of the harshest austerity measures ever to hit the fire…

Campaign to Save Pets in House Fires in Shropshire

A campaign to save the lives of pets in house fires has had an overwhelming response in Shropshire. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will now be only the second brigade in the UK to have pet oxygen masks available for…

Dyslexia is a ‘Gift’ says Shropshire Firefighter

Word is spreading about a successful scheme helping to transform the lives of Shropshire employees with dyslexia. Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, with a higher ratio of dyslexic staff than the 10 per cent population average, is one of a…

Shropshire Host ‘On Call Firefighter’ Campaign

The first “taster” day of 2015 to encourage more people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to join the fire service as on call firefighters has been held in Shropshire. An Army veteran, ex-student, office worker and engineer turned…

‘’DESTROYED” New Car Aids Firefighters

A brand new car has been “destroyed” – but it’s all in a good cause to train the emergency services in Shropshire. College students helped to strip down and rebuild the former demonstration car in their car maintenance classes. The…

First day at the office for ‘High Flying’ Apprentices

It was a first day at the office with a difference for high flying apprentices at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service who were welcomed with a lunchtime ride aboard an aerial ladder platform. Deryn Smith (19), and Dan Adams (16)…

BBC TV Breakfast News features Shropshire Firefighters

Firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) showed off their animal rescue skills live on BBC television. BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Lloyd was with the animal rescue team based at Wellington Fire Station, where the cameras were rolling. She…

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