Want To Be A Firefighter? Go To An Open Day


People with an ambition to be an on call firefighter should go to an open day at Wellington Fire Station on August 19 and talk to firefighters.

The annual event gives everyone the chance to see what their local fire crews do and is popular as a family day out.

Firefighters will showcase their skills with a simulated car rescue and a shocking ferocious fire to show the dangers of using an old fashioned open chip pan which people still have in their kitchens.

Partnership Approach is the Key


The managing director of a long-established county firm has praised the professionalism of firefighters who fought a fire at his company HQ.

Tudor Griffiths, whose family founded the Tudor Griffiths Group over 140 years ago, said the consequences for the firm would have been more severe without the “swift containment” and management of the situation.

“I want to express my thanks and gratitude for the response and thoroughly professional way in which all members of the service performed when the incident at Wood Lane arose,” said Mr Griffiths.

ALP Call from Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day


Visitors to Shrewsbury fire station for the annual open day got to see how quickly firefighters react when an emergency happens.

They were watching a demonstration of the Aerial Ladder Platform when it was called to a house fire near Much Wenlock. The ALP was quickly mobilised to the scene for firefighters to help tackle a serious roof fire at a detached house at Bourton, which involved five fire appliances.

Shrewsbury Fire Station Open Day

Shrewsbury Fire Station’s open day on Saturday August 5 promises to be “the best ever” with a long line-up of eye catching activities for all the family.

Visitors to Shrewsbury Fire HQ will get the chance to watch the speed in which a chip pan is engulfed in flames, see how firefighters carry out car crash rescues and how they save trapped animals.

A series of demonstrations, drills and displays involving the wide range of fire appliances, including the aerial ladder platform, will also be on offer at the Saturday event which runs from 10am to 4pm.

Shropshire Countryside Fire Warning


Fire officers are warning people to take care in the countryside as more than 50 fires have been reported so far this month.

Hedgerows, trees, fields of straw, farm machinery, a hay barn, gorse and grassland have gone up in flames in numerous incidents across the county.

Some fires have been caused deliberately while the “tinder dry” countryside caused by the hot, dry summer has led to fires breaking out in Ellesmere, Oswestry, Market Drayton, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Ludlow, Church Stretton, Cleobury Mortimer and Telford. 

Oswestry Watch Manager Retires After 33 Years


Oswestry firefighter John Davies has retired after a 33 year career with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

John (61), who is Watch Manager in charge at Oswestry Fire Station, hung up his helmet at his final Wednesday night drill night this week. (July 19th)

His long service as an on call firefighter covering the Oswestry region means he has attended around 1,700 weekly drill nights where firefighters practice their skills ready to deal with any emergency which comes their way.

A Blaze of Colour


A Shropshire fire station has found a novel way to recycle old fire helmets by turning them into hanging baskets.

A bit of compost and a few blooms with holes drilled into the bottom of the bright yellow helmets has created an eye catching floral display to brighten up the outside of Market Drayton fire station.

The idea came from Watch Manager Mark Smith, who has a family tradition as an “on call” firefighter to look after the rural fire station. Both his father and uncle were also watch managers at the station and his brother is a firefighter too.

Fire Service at Fun Event


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the annual Cultural Diversity Day in Shrewsbury on Saturday. (July 22nd)

Live music, dance displays, workshops and stalls will entertain shoppers and visitors in The Square from midday to 4pm as part of the celebrations.

Staff from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will join other county organisations at the event and highlight the work they do in equality and diversity, anti-discrimination, human rights and hate crime.

Statement from Fire Authority Chair on the Decision to Commission an Analysis of the West Mercia PCC Business Case

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority and Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority have jointly commissioned a piece of work to carry out an analysis of the PCC for West Mercia’s business case to take over the Fire and Rescue Service.

Telford Firefighters Showcase Their Skills


Telford firefighters demonstrated their skills at a “hugely successful” open day at Telford Central Fire Station.

Families galore arrived early to watch eye catching demonstrations including a chip pan bursting into flames, a rope rescue from a high tower and a display showing how firefighters rescue animals.

Telford mayor, Councillor Stephen Reynolds, volunteered to be the front seat driver cut out of a car by firefighters.

MP Lucy Allen joined the crowds at the Stafford Park station along with Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority vice chair Eric Carter.


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