Fire Authority

Budget Consultation 2018/19

How do we pay for your service?

We receive around 27% of our budget from government grant and business rates, with the balance coming from council tax.

Government grant has been decreasing since 2011/12, and we have reduced our budget to deal with this fall in income.

Increases have been made to our council tax so that we can continue to offer a quality service to the public of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

How do we spend it?

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.



Celebration of Success


What does a Shropshire beekeeper, rose breeder, professional golfer and survival instructor have in common ?

They are among the latest firefighter recruits to “pass out” after successfully completing the first part of their on going training.

A total of 24 men and women from all walks of life, who joined the service in 2016 and 2017, attended a Celebration of Success event at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury, tonight.

Fire Stations Fight Back


Firefighters are fighting back after “despicable” thieves put lives at risk by stealing lifesaving equipment from county fire stations.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has called in SmartWater, the successful crime deterrent and “thief catcher,” to protect equipment from further raids in all 23 Shropshire fire stations.

Fire Safety Boost for Much Wenlock


Much Wenlock welcomed its brand new fire engine at a ceremony held at the town’s fire station which will make the rural area safer during fires and major incidents.

It was the weekly drill night for the town’s 11 firefighters but also in attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Much Wenlock, members of Much Wenlock Town Council and Shropshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

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.

Shropshire Fire Aid To Romania

A Shropshire led campaign to deliver much needed fire and humanitarian aid to Romania has been praised for its “commitment and dedication.”

Fire engines from Devon, driven across Europe by members of Operation Sabre, culminated in a handover ceremony this week attended by dignitaries from the Romanian and British governments and fire chiefs.

Shropshire Fire Aid To Romania


A team of volunteers have set off from Shropshire on another 1,800 mile road trip to donate much needed fire equipment and help vulnerable children and the elderly in rural parts of Romania.

Operation Sabre embarked from Shrewsbury on the five day journey to Mures County, Transylvania, taking vital humanitarian and firefighting aid to countryside regions where fire stations are far apart and ill equipped.

Shropshire's New Chief Fire Officer



The new Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been appointed by Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority.

Rod Hammerton, the former Deputy Chief Fire Officer, steps up to replace John Redmond, who has retired.

After a short career in the Royal Navy, Rod joined the fire service in Hampshire in 1992 as a firefighter initially serving at Eastleigh Fire Station, near Southampton.

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. 


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