Case Study: FF Elaine Timmis

Serving her community as an on-call firefighter

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has a responsibility to keep our communities safe in our large and smaller market towns, and also in the rural areas of our beautiful county.

22 fire stations in Shropshire include on-call firefighters – men and women who are aged 18+, who live or work within five minutes of the fire station, and who can commit to being on-call for a minimum of 84 hours of each week.  They form more than 70% of the operational firefighters.

Wellington Appeal for More Firefighters


It’s a job that’s challenging, exciting and means you get to help the local community. That is the job description for a firefighter with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service which is looking for new recruits in Wellington.

“Being a firefighter is not like any other job. It can be unpredictable, exciting and very rewarding coupled with the satisfaction and the respect that comes with providing a crucial service to the community,” says Tony Talbot, Watch Manager at Wellington Fire Station.

Bridgnorth Fund Raising Awards

Bridgnorth Fire Station has received two major accolades for their fund raising efforts.


Watch Manager Ashley Brown has been awarded the Telent Charity Shield for his outstanding contribution to the Fire Fighters Charity while the fire station has won the Dave Bishton Charity Shield for raising the most money for the Fire Fighters’ Charity over the past year.


It was a record-breaking performance by the fire station to raise £11,500 – the most ever raised by any county fire station in a single year.


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.

"Icy" Water Training for Shropshire Fire Officers


Shropshire Fire Officers hurtled downstream in fast flowing water on one of the coldest days of the year to experience what it was like to be rescued as part of a training course.

It was management training with a difference for four Station Managers from the county who experienced the “icy” water training in sub zero temperatures in the River Dee at Llangollen.

They each had to launch themselves into the treacherous river to float quickly downstream, catch a rope thrown from the bank and pull themselves to safety along with other specialist rescue techniques.

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.

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.



Firefighter Jobs Announced

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is about to launch a campaign to recruit whole-time firefighters.

The posts are all predominately full-time (known as whole-time) but the brigade says that applications for job-share in these roles will also be considered. Applications are restricted to people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Cheshire, Wrexham and Powys.


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