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Firefighter Awards

A special award went to Shrewsbury’s Blue Watch whose firefighters host a day of fun and laughter for children from Chernobyl when they visit Shrewsbury Fire Station each year as part of a county wide charity event. 

It was presented at a Celebration of Success event held at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn to mark “the passing out” of newly trained firefighters.

Paul Gray, Richard Meadows, Andy Davies and Graham Carless received their award from Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton (pictured).

Shropshire's New Firefighter Recruits

 

Firefighters are sometimes the only people who can help when a “catastrophe” strikes in the community, says Shropshire’s fire chief.

“When their emergency pagers go off, day or night, they drop everything leaving behind half eaten meals or half mown lawns. The rest of the time they are waiting for the 999 call, knowing that at any moment they could be called to help someone in peril,” said chief fire officer, Rod Hammerton.

He was speaking at a Celebration of Success event held at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn to mark “the passing out” of newly trained firefighters.

Top Award for Fire Service Apprentice

Seventeen-year-old fire service apprentice Dan Adams this week clinched a top prize at the National Apprenticeship Awards.

Dan, who lives in Shrewsbury and joined Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service along with five other apprentices in July last year, fought off strong competition from almost 1,000 young hopefuls to collect a "High Commended" award at the event held in Hinckley, Leicestershire.

His entry will now be considered by a judging panel that will decide whether to send Dan on to the national final in London in January.

Floods of Praise For Firefighters

 

A Shropshire firefighter has been praised for the key role he played as part of the UK’s national resilience force battling the worst floods to hit the country for years.

Mac Harris, a firefighter for 28 years, was a top advisor to senior fire chiefs dealing with flooding which devastated towns and villages across the country last year.

On Call Firefighter Recruitment Campaign

 

 

A total of 13 people interested in a career as a Shropshire firefighter attended a “taster” session at Prees Fire Station.

Four women turned up to the event organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service which wants more women to join its ranks.

Attending the session were women aged between 23 and 54 including a Market Drayton farm manager, a prison service employee, residential care worker and a netball coach.

They learned what it takes to join the county’s 300 plus “on call” fully trained firefighters who deal with around the clock emergencies.

Fire Skills Training At Hospital

 

A major fire and rescue training exercise took place at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital when firefighters tested their skills in part of the former maternity building.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service used sections of the building to carry out realistic rescues using breathing apparatus and search and rescue techniques.

Fire officers also tested their communication, casualty handling and incident command procedures during the training event on July 9.

A total of 20 firefighters from Shrewsbury and Telford and four fire appliances were at the scene.

Firefighter Recruits Campaign

 

Wanted: “Ordinary” people to do an “extraordinary” job in Shropshire. That is the job description for on call firefighters who respond to 999 calls in their local community.

The latest taster day when would be recruits can find out if they are “up to the challenge” will be held at Prees Fire Station on Saturday, July 16.

Women and men from across Shropshire are invited to attend the on call firefighting taster day organised by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Fire Officer To Retire

 

Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer John Redmond has announced his retirement after a distinguished 32 year career in the Fire and Rescue Service.

He has led the county brigade through some of the harshest austerity measures ever to hit the fire service slashing £3 million off the budget while keeping open county fire stations faced with closure.

His time in charge was characterised by budget reductions and shrinking resources due the Government’s austerity programme. 

Wellington Firefighter Recruitment Campaign

A campaign to recruit more firefighters in Wellington has been launched by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They want people who are physically fit and over 18 to consider a life as an “on call” firefighter especially those who can give cover during normal working hours.

Watch Manager Tony Talbot said: “We are looking for men and women to join the existing team of on-call firefighters based at Wellington.

Award For Lifesaving Shropshire Fire Crew

 

A fire crew from Wem have received an award from the Chief Fire Officer for saving an elderly man’s life on a 999 call.

They also received a big thank you from the man whose life they saved and his grateful wife who visited Wem Fire Station during last night's drill night.

John Luce (76) had collapsed in his back garden and his heart had stopped beating when firefighters raced to use a defibrillator to bring him back to life with seconds to spare.

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