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Large-scale blaze at landfill site


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been tackling a large-scale fire at a landfill site in Telford since around 5am this morning.

The call was received at 4.44am (Thursday, 17 September) for an incident at the Granville Recycling Plant, Grange Lane, Redhill and covers an area of approximately 300m2 across steep-sided terrain.

Six appliances have been sent to the incident where a large plume of smoke has been billowing into the sky above the centre of the site.

 

Business Safety Week - COVID-19 Focus

Businesses Urged Not to Overlook Fire Safety During COVID-19 Outbreak


As part of Business Safety Week, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is urging people who have made changes to business premises to comply with COVID-19 measures, to ensure fire safety remains a top priority.  

The campaign runs from today, (Monday, 7 September) and aims to ensure businesses and their staff have the information needed to prevent, protect and respond to fire incidents in the workplace. 

Response to positive action taster days

Chief Fire Officer Rod Hammerton, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service 

We acknowledge there has been some criticism of the way the Service has organised its upcoming taster days.

The criticism has largely focussed on our decision to hold separate taster days for specific groups, namely women, LGBT+ and Black and minority ethnic groups. 

As a Service we are trying very hard to address issues that may be persuading some people from these groups that a career in the fire service is not suitable for them.  

By holding taster days tailored to address issues such as this, we believe we have a much better opportunity to dispel misunderstandings and provide people with good, accurate information.

We also want to reassure people that the modern fire and rescue service can offer them a fulfilling and rewarding career. 

Taster days are not recruitment days. They are an opportunity for under-represented groups in the fire service to find out more about working as a firefighter and to encourage them to apply for future vacancies.   

Taster days are positive action, they are not recruitment sessions.   

There are no quotas.   

When we have vacancies we employ the best that apply and only those that meet the standards. 

Positive action is frequently confused with positive discrimination. 

Taster days are an example of positive action, raising awareness amongst those groups, under-represented in our workforce. 
Positive discrimination is illegal and we would not act unlawfully.

A modern day firefighter is a public service role. As well as fighting fires and responding to emergenices, they work in schools and with young people, giving talks to community groups, supporting the vulnerable and most importantly working in people’s homes to prevent incidents.   

We want to be an inclusive service that reflects the communitiy we serve. To do that we want the best people to apply regardless of their age, gender, race or lifestyle for this diverse role. 

We have provided some responses to frequently asked questions that will be helpful in understanding why we carry out positive action. 

SFRS receives ‘excellence’ award for innovation in transforming public services

A Certificate of Excellence has been awarded to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) for its ‘significant innovations’ in transforming public services.  

Presented to SFRS by iESE, the public sector’s transformation partner, the award recognises the introduction of a system called ‘FireServiceRota’.

The system not only provides up to minute information about the availability of fire crews but also a flexible way for staff to manage their own availability from any mobile device.

Ready Willing and Able to go extra mile to support their communities

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is taking part in the National Fire Chiefs Council’s  (NFCC) "Ready Willing and Able" campaign which launches today (April 15 l) which will show how fire and rescue services in the UK are going the extra mile to protect and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters and support staff across Shropshire will be sharing stories on social media about how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help, in response to the national crisis.

Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

Gender Pay Gap Report 2019

The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 requires us as an organisation with 250 or more employees to publish annual statutory figures in relation to the gender pay gap.  We are committed to publishing this information annually on both the government website and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s website. 

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.

Charity Family Fun Day Success

A fun day for all the family was a great success in Shrewsbury raising £900 for charity.

Organised by firefighters and police officers, the event at Shrewsbury College in London Road was opened by the Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury.

A steady stream of visitors attended throughout the day including ten children from Chernobyl who are in Shropshire for a holiday. They had been due to go to the seaside but instead attended the fun day due to heavy rainfalls forecast for Wales.

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.

 

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