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New partnership helps increase fire safety understanding in the elderly

Local home care provider, Home Instead Telford, Newport and Market Drayton has formed a potentially life-saving partnership with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service to increase understanding of fire safety within the elderly population.

Home Instead, which cares for older people in the comfort of their own homes, helping them live independently for longer, have formed this partnership to enhance the lives of their clients – keeping them safe and well, protected from the dangers of fire.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff member named on The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List

Prevention Manager, Rabinder Dhami, joined SFRS in 1995 and has spent his career working in the Prevention department which oversees the fire safety of vulnerable people in their own homes.

The medal, which is a British and Commonwealth award for civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown, will be presented to him by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Shropshire, Anna Turner later in the year.

Upon hearing the news of his award, Rabinder, from Telford, said:

Fire Service’s Chaplain honoured with the British Empire Medal

The medal is awarded for meritorious civil or military service worthy of recognition by the Crown.

He has been highlighted for his services to the people of Shropshire as a result of his career and community work in the region.

Keith, who lives in Telford, said:

“I’m really quite overwhelmed. I could not have achieved this without the unwavering support of family, friends and the many people who have been involved in my life and work for so many years.

“I served with West Midlands Police from 1969 before retiring from my role as Inspector in 1995.

Long-serving Fire Service staff celebrated with awards night

Theatre Severn hosted a long service and good conduct awards ceremony last night for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) staff who have achieved 20 or 30 years service. Miniature medals for family members of serving firefighters were also presented by Councillor Eric Carter, Chair of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority.

Area Manager and host for the evening, Adam Matthews, said:

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Services’ state-of-the-art Telford Station build underway

Work has begun on major improvements and renovation of Telford Central Fire Station at Stafford Park. The Service submitted its planning application in March 2020 and phase one of the build launched last month.

The new station is the main response location for the communities of Telford and is set to include joint facilities for operational and management training as well as multi-agency emergency command facilities.

Group Commander Paul Gray said:

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service introduce CCTV on their fire engines

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are installing state-of-the-art CCTV systems on their appliances to increase security and provide additional video coverage at emergency incidents.

The 6-camera system provides 360 degree coverage of the appliances; 1 is mounted internally (front-road facing on dash) and the other 5 externally.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Hardiman said:

A taste of firefighting for women

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are offering women the opportunity to experience what it takes to start an exciting career with them as an on-call firefighter with a taster session being held at Ellesmere Fire Station on Saturday 22 May.

Visitors will be shown around fire appliances, equipment such as breathing apparatus and watch a demonstration from the Ellesmere crew.

To be eligible to join as an on-call firefighter you must:

Partners continue to attend Greenway Polymers fire

Fire crews remain on site at the fire at Greenway Polymers site in Ketley, which began on Monday, 26 April.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dan Quinn said; “We continue to work hard on site to extinguish the fire. Although this is a complex incident, it is under control and we are mitigating the impact of the fire on our local communities.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service launches new four-year action plan

The Service’s Community Risk Management Plan (CRMP) 2021-25, which assesses community risks in Shropshire, has been produced following an extensive twelve-week consultation period last year.

Consultation on the draft CRMP began on 6 July 2020 and ran until 30 September 2020.

The document, entitled Making Shropshire Safer, is required by Government and includes information about the Service’s objectives.

These include:

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