Marathon Charity Cycle Ride Sets Off

Cyclists from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service set off this morning on a marathon 239 three day cycle ride to all of the county's 23 fire stations - all in aid of The Severn Hospice and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Fire Chief Rod Hammerton said: “It will be a challenge and I am not sure I am looking forward to it. But I am sure the good company and beautiful scenery will carry us all through. My thanks go to the organising team who have spent so much of their own time bringing this all together but I know they were inspired and motivated by doing it for such good causes.”

Chernobyl Children Have Fun With Shropshire Firefighters


It was fun and laughter all the way for children from Chernobyl hosted by Shropshire firefighters as part of an annual respite visit.

A dozen youngsters, aged between 10 and 12, squirted water in the parade ground at Shrewsbury fire HQ, were given treats at the station and shared a meal with firefighters.

It was all part of a visit to Shropshire organised by the county branch of Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline (CCL), which county firefighters support along with other organisations.

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.

Fire Crews In Hospital Training Exercise


A major training exercise will be launched by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service at the weekend (July 9th) when firefighters will test their skills.

They will use part of the disused maternity unit at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital to carry out realistic rescues using breathing apparatus and search and rescue techniques.

Fire officers will also test their communication, casualty handling and incident command procedures during the training event on the morning of Saturday, July 9.

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. 

Fire Aid To Romania


Three times as many people die in a fire in Romania than in the UK – a stark statistic which has led to a five year Shropshire led campaign to improve survival rates in the eastern European country.

A team of volunteers, both serving and retired staff from Shropshire and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services set off for an eight day mission to Mures County in Romania on Wednesday (June 15)to donate much needed fire equipment and to provide aid to an “adopted” children’s refuge and old people’s home.

Charity Car Wash Boost


More car washes are being held around Shropshire this weekend after a car cleaning spree by firefighters raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Off duty fire crews spruced up hundreds of cars in Bridgnorth, Church Stretton and Whitchurch last weekend armed with hoses, buckets and sponges.

A total of nine county fire stations are offering the car cleaning service in exchange for a charity donation in aid of the national Fire Fighters Charity.

Charity Car Wash


Shropshire firefighters armed with hoses, buckets and sponges are taking part in the national Fire Fighters Charity car wash at fire stations across the county every Saturday for the next four weeks.

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

A total of nine county fire stations are offering the car cleaning service in exchange for a charity donation.

Shropshire Fire Crews in Flood hit Lancashire

Fire crews from Shropshire have joined Hereford and Worcester, Lancashire and Cheshire firefighters in pumping thousands of gallons of water away to protect the village of Croston, near Southport, in Lancashire. They were close to the scene where the Chinook helicoper has been dropping 1 tonne sandbags to avert further flooding and fill a gap in flood defences on the River Douglas.

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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