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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Services’ state-of-the-art Telford Station build underway

Work has begun on major improvements and renovation of Telford Central Fire Station at Stafford Park. The Service submitted its planning application in March 2020 and phase one of the build launched last month.

The new station is the main response location for the communities of Telford and is set to include joint facilities for operational and management training as well as multi-agency emergency command facilities.

Group Commander Paul Gray said:

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service introduce CCTV on their fire engines

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are installing state-of-the-art CCTV systems on their appliances to increase security and provide additional video coverage at emergency incidents.

The 6-camera system provides 360 degree coverage of the appliances; 1 is mounted internally (front-road facing on dash) and the other 5 externally.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Hardiman said:

A taste of firefighting for women

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are offering women the opportunity to experience what it takes to start an exciting career with them as an on-call firefighter with a taster session being held at Ellesmere Fire Station on Saturday 22 May.

Visitors will be shown around fire appliances, equipment such as breathing apparatus and watch a demonstration from the Ellesmere crew.

To be eligible to join as an on-call firefighter you must:

Partners continue to attend Greenway Polymers fire

Fire crews remain on site at the fire at Greenway Polymers site in Ketley, which began on Monday, 26 April.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dan Quinn said; “We continue to work hard on site to extinguish the fire. Although this is a complex incident, it is under control and we are mitigating the impact of the fire on our local communities.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service launches new four-year action plan

The Service’s Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2021-25, which assesses community risks in Shropshire, has been produced following an extensive twelve-week consultation period last year.

Consultation on the draft CRMP began on 6 July 2020 and ran until 30 September 2020.

The document, entitled Making Shropshire Safer, is required by Government and includes information about the Service’s objectives.

These include:

Smallest inland fire service administers 10,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations

Firefighters from one of the country’s smallest fire and rescue services have now administered 10,000 vaccinations into the arms of Shropshire residents since mid-February.   

Around 60 Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff – both operational and support - have worked with NHS partners to train and be redeployed at three centres across the county with one staff member celebrating his one thousandth jab today.

Mental Health Support for Fire Service staff

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is using a national campaign to ensure all its employees understand how supportive the organisation is about their mental health.  

Time to Talk Day is a day when people across the UK are encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.  

The theme this year is the ‘power of small’ and about finding a small thing people can do to make a big difference to someone else. 

Shropshire Fire Service Ready, Willing and Able during COVID-19 pandemic

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) says it is ready, willing and able to maintain fire cover despite changes to operations brought on by the new variant of COVID-19. 

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands issued the Service with the latest directive for what is deemed a "close contact" following new evidence of the new strain’s increased transmissibility - different to previous directives.

Fire Service calls for caution around county’s rivers and waterways

An off-duty firefighter’s actions meant two canoeists were ‘lucky to escape with their lives’ after capsizing on the River Severn.

Firefighter Andrew Reeves from Much Wenlock on-call station and his wife Emily, spotted two shapes in the River Severn while driving over the Buildwas bridge.

Firefighter Reeves identified two men in distress being carried by the river after their canoes had capsized. The heavily swollen flood conditions meant the water was extremely cold and carrying large amounts of debris.

Deputy Chief embarks on retirement

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS), Deputy Chief Fire Officer, has now retired after a total of 22 years’ service.

David Myers has been instrumental in helping transform the organisation into a sustainable service, fit for the future and in championing better working lives for staff.

Mr Myers said: “It has been a pleasure working in Shropshire and I want to thank everyone for their support and hard work over the few years I have been here.

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