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Hats Off to Firefighter Recruits

 

New firefighter recruits in Telford and Shrewsbury celebrated at a “passing out” ceremony after nine weeks of tough initial training with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Aged between 21 and 39, the ten men come from all walks of life from an insurance manager to IT specialist, technician to TV engineer, coffee shop worker to a paintball shop manager and an outdoor activity instructor.

Shropshire Firefighters Called to Lancashire Moorland Blaze

Shropshire firefighters have joined fire and rescue services from across the country to fight the “extraordinary” moorland fires in the north west as part of the UKs national resilience efforts.
 
A total of 12 wholetime and “on call” firefighters from Telford, Shrewsbury, Hodnet and Prees led by incident commander Jim Barker left Shropshire at 10pm last night (Sunday) to answer a national firefighting call for assistance.
 

Shropshire Firefighters Help Save Trapped Falcon

 

Firefighters went to the rescue of a falcon trapped on a rockface in a high rise drama in Bridgnorth.

The alarm was raised by birdwatchers who had been keeping their eye on a nesting pair of protected Peregrine Falcons in rocks in Low Town.

They had spotted the female protected bird was in distress after becoming trapped behind metal fencing put up to prevent rockfalls onto the road below.

They alerted the RSPCA which in turn called in Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service which sent a crew from Bridgnorth to the scene.

Pet Oxygen Masks Charity Event

 

A bring your dog to work day at Shrewsbury fire HQ has raised more than £100 for a national charity which supplies specially designed oxygen masks to firefighters to revive pets in house fires.

A dozen dogs turned up to their owners’ place of work as part of the annual pet friendly day marked each year across the UK.

Organiser Emily Hodson, a technical support officer for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The money is going to Smokey Paws, the charity that supplies animal oxygen masks for front line appliances for fire and rescue services.

Wellington Fire Station Open Day is on July 7

 

Firefighters will be in action to showcase their skills at an open day at Wellington Fire Station on Saturday, July 7.

Highlights include a demonstration from firefighters on how they rescue people trapped in a vehicle after a road traffic collision and a static display of the brigade’s animal rescue team.

There will also be an eye catching display of the ferocity of a chip pan fire, a variety of pump and ladder drills, as well as important advice on fire safety for the home and business.

Wellington Appeal for More Firefighters

 

It’s a job that’s challenging, exciting and means you get to help the local community. That is the job description for a firefighter with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service which is looking for new recruits in Wellington.

“Being a firefighter is not like any other job. It can be unpredictable, exciting and very rewarding coupled with the satisfaction and the respect that comes with providing a crucial service to the community,” says Tony Talbot, Watch Manager at Wellington Fire Station.

Fire Risks to Elderly Living Alone

Older people who live alone in rural areas of Shropshire are most at risk of having a house fire, says Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The kitchen is the room where most fires break out and smoke alarms are key to alerting householders to the danger.

New annual figures reveal that there were 231 fires in the county in 2017/18, up seven on the previous 12 months, but the “worrying” statistic is that 90 incidents, almost 40 per cent, were in homes occupied by elderly people living alone in rural areas, says Prevention Manager Rabinder Dhami.

Retired Shropshire Fire Officer in Queen's Honours

 

 

A former Assistant Chief Fire Officer with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s 2018 Birthday Honours List, with the award given for humanitarian services in Eastern Europe.

Before retiring in 2013, Steve Worrall established a successful staff exchange programme that enabled more than 100 Shropshire firefighters to gain experiences from secondments to fire services across Europe.

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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