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The Longest Game...of Rugby

A Bridgnorth firefighter is among a team of UK sportsmen aiming to tackle a world beating challenge to play the longest ever game of rugby.

Firefighter Luke Veal and colleagues from across the UK will play a full contact Rugby Union match in Worcester aiming to raise £23,000 for the Fire Fighters’ Charity.

With the current Guiness World Record standing at 28hrs and 23 mns, it promises to be a long drawn out game, especially for the spectators.

Whitchurch Firefighter Retires

 

A firefighter who is one of three generations of the same family to serve at Whitchurch Fire Station is to retire at the end of March after a 37 year career with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Postman Graham Field (55) was inspired to join the fire service as an on call firefighter to follow in the footsteps of his father Eric who had a 23 year firefighting career.

His son Matt also joined 11 years ago.

Skin Cream Fire Danger

 

A senior Shropshire fire officer has called for people to be aware of the fire danger from skin creams containing paraffin.

Care homes in the county must also take steps to reduce the risk to people in residential care, says Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Guy Williams, in charge of fire prevention and protection in the county, said there had been no incidents in Shropshire despite 37 reported deaths in England since 2010.

Shropshire's Arson Campaign

 

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for the public’s help to join the fight against criminals who deliberately set fires in the county as part of Arson Awareness Week.

“Fire crime” can have devastating effects with sometimes serious consequences and added cost to the public purse, said Guy Williams, Group Manager in charge of Prevention and Protection for the county.

He is appealing to people to help prevent arson by putting bins out of sight and away from property, not leaving skips full of rubbish and reporting flytips to councils.

Arson: Don't accept it, report it

This year Arson Awareness Week, begins Monday 20th March Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, together with the Arson Prevention Forum, are calling on everyone to play their part in tackling fire-crime. 

“Arson accounts for almost half of all fires attended by the fire and rescue services and can have devastating effects in terms of its cost and consequences,” says Lee Howell, the Forum’s Independent Chairman.

Shropshire Firefighter in UK Rugby Call Up

 

With rugby hitting the headlines with thrilling matches in the Six Nations, the sport has also gained accolades in Shropshire with a county firefighter being picked for the national fire service squad.

While England thumped Scotland to seal the Six Nations title, George Jacks, an on-call firefighter based at Ludlow Fire Station, helped his team to victory in his first match against the English police team.

A Film About Dyslexia

 

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has made a film about dyslexia to raise awareness and encourage staff to get assessed if they think they may have it.

With a higher ratio of employees with dyslexia, the county’s fire and rescue service is one of only a few public sector organisations to run a special support programme acclaimed for changing the lives of staff.

Shropshire Wants 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 March 18.

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

Firefighters' in Charity Car Wash

 

Shropshire firefighters armed with buckets and sponges are taking part in the national Fire Fighters charity car wash at fire stations across the county every Saturday in March.

They are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity which gives respite, recuperation and rehabilitation to sick or injured firefighters and their families.

Fire Safety From Shropshire...To Denmark

 

Successful UK fire prevention methods will feature at a conference in Denmark in March after a visit organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service from a 22-year-old student.

Andreas Sorgensen has just returned home after a ten week internship studying firefighting techniques in Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire fire and rescue services with a visit to West Midlands Ambulance Service as well.

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