Apprentices on the Career Ladder


School leavers are well on the career ladder almost three years after joining the first apprentice scheme at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

From fire safety inspector to Technical Support Officer, web and graphic designer to IT technician and an apprentice who gives fire safety talks to children– all five are now in a broad range of careers offering a bright jobs outlook.

They have passed exams, learned new skills and gained qualifications to add to their achievements along the way.

Achievers' Awards

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service presented Achievers' Awards to staff who had gone beyond the call of duty at this week's Celebration of Success ceremony held at the Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury.


Firefighter awards and images


A selection of images of the latest on call firefighter recruits from across Shropshire at the event to celebrate their success in "passing out."

Ryan Talbot (Telford), Dan Cowan (Shrewsbury), Jon Hirst (Ludlow) and Nick Lewis (Ludlow) all won the Top Student awards.

Gemma Higgins (Wem), Chris Birch (Ellesmere) and Jack Parry (Minsterley) all won the Instructor's Award.



Celebration of Success


What does a Shropshire beekeeper, rose breeder, professional golfer and survival instructor have in common ?

They are among the latest firefighter recruits to “pass out” after successfully completing the first part of their on going training.

A total of 24 men and women from all walks of life, who joined the service in 2016 and 2017, attended a Celebration of Success event at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, tonight.

Images from the Festival of Carols


Children from Bicton School Choir joined honoured guests and firefighter families to sing their hearts out at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service's Festival of Carols held at Barnabas Community Church, Shrewsbury. Funds were raised for both the Firefighters' Charity and the Shrewsbury Food Bank which has helped thousands in need of help.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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