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A Bridgnorth firefighter was among a team of UK sportsmen who got into the record books by playing the longest ever game of rugby.

Firefighter Luke Veal and colleagues from across the UK played a full contact Rugby Union match in Worcester to raise £50,000 for the Fire Fighters’ Charity and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

They beat the current Guiness World Record of 28hrs and 23 mns by more than two hours in a long drawn out game, especially for the spectators, which went on through the night.

Shropshire Smoke Alarms Save 18 in Romania

The lives of 18 Romanian mothers and children were saved by smoke alarms fitted as part of a Shropshire led campaign to improve fire safety in rural parts of Transylvania.

A major fire broke out in a care home on April 27, caused by a cigarette, but residents managed to escape after the alarm was raised. The home’s manager later praised UK’s Operation Sabre for installing smoke alarms as part of a campaign in rural areas of Romania.

A Lift for “Down to Earth” Mayor

Shropshire firefighters boosted the Shrewsbury Mayor’s charity appeal to buy defibrillators for schools by carrying a ladder to the top of Snowdon.

It was a “thank you” from Red Watch to Ioan Jones, the unassuming mayor, who works as a cleaner at Shrewsbury Fire Station inbetween a packed schedule of public commitments and voluntary efforts.

Crew Manager Dave Allen said: “You don’t expect the mayor to be cleaning your fire station. He’s a lovely bloke. Nice to chat to and he’s done so much for the community.”

Scaling Snowdon with a Ladder

Shropshire firefighters put up a ladder at the peak of the highest mountain in Wales today as part of a marathon charity event.

A nine strong crew from Shrewsbury Fire Station scaled the heights of Snowdon today(May 8th) setting off from the Llanberis Pass starting point at 9am.

They carried the heavy and cumbersome 5.4m double extension ladder, which stretches to nine metres, a total of 1,085 metres (3,560ft) to the top for a photo opportunity with a difference before triumphantly lugging it all the way back down again.

Firefighters’ Memorial Day Tribute

Shropshire firefighters paraded in front of their fire stations to mark the first annual Firefighters Memorial Day to remember the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters who died in the line of duty.

With flags at half mast, firefighters from wholetime fire stations at Telford, Wellington and Shrewsbury observed a minute’s silence along with colleagues from across the UK.

Officers in charge read out the Firefighters' Prayer written in the last century by an unknown author in the ceremonies held at midday on Thursday, May 4th this week. (see prayer below) (document attached)

Scaling Snowdon with a Ladder

It may be a tall order but Shropshire firefighters plan to put up a ladder at the peak of the highest mountain in Wales as part of a marathon charity event.

First, they have to carry it 1,085 metres (3,560ft) to the top and back again.

A total of eight firefighters from Shrewsbury Fire Station’s Red Watch plan to scale the heights of Snowdon on May 8 setting off from the Llanberis Pass starting point at 8.30am.

Firefighters' Memorial Day

Shropshire firefighters from fire stations at Telford Central, Wellington, Shrewsbury and Market Drayton will parade in front of their fire stations at midday on Thursday, May 4th, to mark the first annual Firefighters Memorial Day.

With flags at half mast, firefighters will observe a minute’s silence along with firefighting colleagues from across the UK to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. Officers in charge will then read out the Firefighters' Prayer.

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.

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