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.

A Film About Dyslexia


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has made a film about dyslexia to raise awareness and encourage staff to get assessed if they think they may have it.

With a higher ratio of employees with dyslexia, the county’s fire and rescue service is one of only a few public sector organisations to run a special support programme acclaimed for changing the lives of staff.

Firefighters' in Charity Car Wash


Shropshire firefighters armed with buckets and sponges are taking part in the national Fire Fighters charity car wash at fire stations across the county every Saturday in March.

They are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the charity which gives respite, recuperation and rehabilitation to sick or injured firefighters and their families.

Shropshire Firefighters Help Make It A Good Dog's Life for Ralph


Shropshire firefighters helped tick off one more “bucket list” wish for the owners of a Boxer dog with just a few weeks left to live.

Firefighters made a huge fuss of Ralph and the four-year-old pet’s owners Stephanie Malia and her parents Julie and Ed Malia, landlords of The Wickets Pub in Wellington.They had asked for their beloved pet, who is a lookalike for the Boxer in the John Lewis Christmas TV advert, to meet firefighters at Wellington fire station as he “just loves” fire engines.

A Burning Ambition for England's George



A Shropshire sportsman is all fired up ready to play rugby for England and hoping his team will return home with a win against Wales later this month after two previous defeats.

Ludlow firefighter George Jacks (26) has been picked for the third consecutive year to play for the England fire service’s national squad.

A flanker for Ludlow Rugby Club, George will wear the number six shirt when he represents his country on November 25 at the Newport ground in Wales in front of 5,000 spectators.

Dyslexia Award Nomination


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been nominated for an award for its trailblazing work with employees with dyslexia.

The county fire service has been shortlisted for the Best Supportive Employer in the 2016 Dyslexia Awards – the first ceremony of its kind organised by a county dyslexic trainer to raise awareness about dyslexia.

About 70 staff out of more than 500 employees across the county’s 23 fire stations have been given support over the past nine years.

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.

Cyclists Celebrate Marathon Charity Bike Ride

Shropshire’s new Chief Fire Officer has visited each of the county’s 23 fire stations…on his bike.

Rod Hammerton said he was “proud” to have completed the marathon ride with firefighting colleagues, support staff, friends and family to raise much needed funds for The Severn Hospice and the Fire Fighters’ Charity which helps sick and injured firefighters and their families.

The pedal powered tour involved the fire chief and the 20 strong team taking to two wheels to cycle 239 miles over three days.

Cyclists Take A Well Earned Break

Firefighter Graham Rowley, of Shrewsbury’s Red Watch, takes a well earned break at the end of the first day of a marathon charity cycle ride in which he and colleagues rode 67 miles from Shrewsbury to Ludlow via six fire stations.

Graham is with Zoe Foster, a sports massage therapist and Helen Smith, an Indian head masseur at the end of the first day of the cycle ride to visit all 23 Shropshire fire stations.

A total of 20 cyclists completed 67 miles today ending day one at Ludlow fire station where the cyclists were "pampered."


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