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If at First You Don't Succeed...Try, Try, Again

 

A Shropshire firefighter is taking part in a second attempt to beat the world record for playing the longest ever game of rugby after the Guiness Book of Records called foul and ruled out the first marathon effort.

Officials disallowed a record breaking match when six hours of film footage vanished despite the team playing consecutive rugby for 32 hours. Without the full film evidence, they could not prove the record had been smashed.

Firefighters Support Bike4Life Campaign

 

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Bike4Life campaign with firefighters joining the convoy of thousands of motorbikes as it weaves its way through the county on Sunday, April 22.

The annual event is the largest motorcycle gathering in the country which raises funds for the Air Ambulance when an estimated 12,000 riders will take part in a 23 mile ride from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford via the M54 in Telford.

More than £2,000 Raised for Charity

 

A senior Shropshire fire officer and three Staffordshire firefighters battled sun, snow and torrential rain to cycle 240 miles over three days to raise more than £2,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Group Manager Neil Griffiths, who works at Shrewsbury fire HQ, cycled from Uttoxeter to Combe Martin in Devon with Watch Managers Mitch Stafford and David Clewlow and firefighter Russ Brown, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, based in Uttoxeter and Cannock fire stations.

Shropshire Firefighter Ready for London Marathon

 

A Shropshire firefighter has been “hotfooting” around the county for hundreds of miles over the past few months in training for the world famous London marathon.

Within the next two weeks, Kat Frost (32), will swap the streets of Clun for the roads of the UKs capital when she takes part for the first time in the tough 26 mile race on April 22.

It will be a dream come true for the Clun firefighter who received her coveted marathon place after applying to the Fire Fighters charity.

Shropshire's Firefighter Expertise Highlighted at National Conference

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.

On their Bikes For Charity

A senior Shropshire fire officer is joining three Staffordshire firefighters to cycle 240 miles to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Group Manager Neil Griffiths will cycle from Uttoxeter to Combe Martin in Devon setting off at 6.30am on Monday, March 26. He will be joined by Watch Managers Mitch Stafford and David Clewlow and firefighter Russ Brown, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, based in Uttoxeter and Cannock fire stations.

Easter Fire Safety Campaign

 

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched an Easter fire safety campaign for friends, family and neighbours to spread the word about the importance of having smoke alarms in the home – and to ensure they work.

A series of awareness events are being held at libraries across the county featuring a colouring competition for children to teach them about fire safety.

Fire Safety Seminars for Business

 

Shropshire company bosses are being urged to attend an education seminar at Telford or Shrewsbury fire stations to learn more about their legal responsibilities for fire safety at their commercial premises.

The Business Education Seminars run by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service also give an insight to business owners about what they need to do before property inspections are carried out by fire officers.

The two hour seminars are being held for the business community by fire safety officers on March 26 and 27 from 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm.

Sprinklers Save Lives

 

Sprinklers save lives and businesses – that is the message from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service in a campaign during national Sprinkler Awareness Week which starts today.

A senior fire officer said he wanted to “dispel the myth” that water from sprinkler systems caused more damage than fire.

“That is absolutely and completely untrue. Sprinklers only react to just where the fire is. They react to the heat and successfully put out fires to save lives and property,” said Ian Leigh, Station Manager in Protection at Shrewsbury Fire HQ.

Baptism of Fire for New Firefighter Alice

A newly qualified Bridgnorth firefighter saved a woman’s life in a house fire on her first ever 999 call, just eight days after finishing her training.

Alice Stanley (42), who only joined Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service as an on call firefighter in November, had just completed a breathing apparatus (BA)course when she was deployed into the smoke filled house in Eardington, near Bridgnorth, last week.

Wearing breathing apparatus, she was with colleague Joe Smallman. The pair arrived at the scene to be told by a man outside: “My wife’s in there.”

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