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Shropshire Fire Awards

 

A “cool-headed” firefighter who saved a young man’s life as he prepared to jump from a Shrewsbury bridge has received the Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation for his action in averting a potential tragedy.

Steve Westley “displayed great calmness” last July when he talked to the distressed man for ten minutes before finally persuading him not to jump 30ft into the Severn below.

The firefighter from Red Watch was among a number of awards recipients at last night’s Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service awards ceremony (June 8) held at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.

Call for More Women Firefighters

 

More women are wanted to train as on call firefighters by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service which is holding another “taster day” just for women on June 17.

Women who live within five minutes of one of Shropshire’s 23 fire stations are invited to attend the session at Oswestry Fire Station from 9.30am to 12.30 to see what life is like as a firefighter.

There are currently vacancies for on call firefighters at stations in Baschurch, Church Stretton, Clun, Bishops Castle, Oswestry and Minsterley but recruits are constantly needed at all of the county fire stations.

Award for Longest Serving Firefighters

Two of the UK’s longest serving firefighters are to be recognised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at an awards ceremony on June 8.

Firefighting duo Phil Smith and Dave Furber have served together at Wem Fire Station for more than 40 years each.

“To reach 40 years service is a huge achievement not reached by many in the UK but it’s not unusual in Shropshire. Our firefighters are amazingly dedicated and deliver levels of availability that many other services would envy,“ said Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton.

What A Try

A Bridgnorth firefighter was among a team of UK sportsmen who got into the record books by playing the longest ever game of rugby.

Firefighter Luke Veal and colleagues from across the UK played a full contact Rugby Union match in Worcester to raise £50,000 for the Fire Fighters’ Charity and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

They beat the current Guiness World Record of 28hrs and 23 mns by more than two hours in a long drawn out game, especially for the spectators, which went on through the night.

Shropshire Smoke Alarms Save 18 in Romania

The lives of 18 Romanian mothers and children were saved by smoke alarms fitted as part of a Shropshire led campaign to improve fire safety in rural parts of Transylvania.

A major fire broke out in a care home on April 27, caused by a cigarette, but residents managed to escape after the alarm was raised. The home’s manager later praised UK’s Operation Sabre for installing smoke alarms as part of a campaign in rural areas of Romania.

A Lift for “Down to Earth” Mayor

Shropshire firefighters boosted the Shrewsbury Mayor’s charity appeal to buy defibrillators for schools by carrying a ladder to the top of Snowdon.

It was a “thank you” from Red Watch to Ioan Jones, the unassuming mayor, who works as a cleaner at Shrewsbury Fire Station inbetween a packed schedule of public commitments and voluntary efforts.

Crew Manager Dave Allen said: “You don’t expect the mayor to be cleaning your fire station. He’s a lovely bloke. Nice to chat to and he’s done so much for the community.”

Scaling Snowdon with a Ladder

Shropshire firefighters put up a ladder at the peak of the highest mountain in Wales today as part of a marathon charity event.

A nine strong crew from Shrewsbury Fire Station scaled the heights of Snowdon today(May 8th) setting off from the Llanberis Pass starting point at 9am.

They carried the heavy and cumbersome 5.4m double extension ladder, which stretches to nine metres, a total of 1,085 metres (3,560ft) to the top for a photo opportunity with a difference before triumphantly lugging it all the way back down again.

Firefighters’ Memorial Day Tribute

Shropshire firefighters paraded in front of their fire stations to mark the first annual Firefighters Memorial Day to remember the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty.

With flags at half mast, firefighters from wholetime fire stations at Telford, Wellington and Shrewsbury observed a minute’s silence along with colleagues from across the UK.

Officers in charge read out the Firefighters' Prayer written in the last century by an unknown author in the ceremonies held at midday on Thursday, May 4th this week. (see prayer below) (document attached)

Scaling Snowdon with a Ladder

It may be a tall order but Shropshire firefighters plan to put up a ladder at the peak of the highest mountain in Wales as part of a marathon charity event.

First, they have to carry it 1,085 metres (3,560ft) to the top and back again.

A total of eight firefighters from Shrewsbury Fire Station’s Red Watch plan to scale the heights of Snowdon on May 8 setting off from the Llanberis Pass starting point at 8.30am.

Firefighters' Memorial Day

Shropshire firefighters from fire stations at Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton will parade in front of their fire stations at midday on Thursday, May 4th, to mark the first annual Firefighters Memorial Day.

With flags at half mast, firefighters will observe a minute’s silence along with firefighting colleagues from across the UK to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Officers in charge will then read out the Firefighters' Prayer.

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