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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:

Smallest inland fire service administers 10,000 COVID-19 Vaccinations

Firefighters from one of the country’s smallest fire and rescue services have now administered 10,000 vaccinations into the arms of Shropshire residents since mid-February.   

Around 60 Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service staff – both operational and support - have worked with NHS partners to train and be redeployed at three centres across the county with one staff member celebrating his one thousandth jab today.

Mental Health Support for Fire Service staff

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is using a national campaign to ensure all its employees understand how supportive the organisation is about their mental health.  

Time to Talk Day is a day when people across the UK are encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.  

The theme this year is the ‘power of small’ and about finding a small thing people can do to make a big difference to someone else. 

Shropshire Fire Service Ready, Willing and Able during COVID-19 pandemic

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) says it is ready, willing and able to maintain fire cover despite changes to operations brought on by the new variant of COVID-19. 

Public Health England (PHE) West Midlands issued the Service with the latest directive for what is deemed a "close contact" following new evidence of the new strain’s increased transmissibility - different to previous directives.

Fire Service calls for caution around county’s rivers and waterways

An off-duty firefighter’s actions meant two canoeists were ‘lucky to escape with their lives’ after capsizing on the River Severn.

Firefighter Andrew Reeves from Much Wenlock on-call station and his wife Emily, spotted two shapes in the River Severn while driving over the Buildwas bridge.

Firefighter Reeves identified two men in distress being carried by the river after their canoes had capsized. The heavily swollen flood conditions meant the water was extremely cold and carrying large amounts of debris.

Deputy Chief embarks on retirement

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (SFRS), Deputy Chief Fire Officer, has now retired after a total of 22 years’ service.

David Myers has been instrumental in helping transform the organisation into a sustainable service, fit for the future and in championing better working lives for staff.

Mr Myers said: “It has been a pleasure working in Shropshire and I want to thank everyone for their support and hard work over the few years I have been here.

Driver thanks on-call crews for rescue from near fatal crash

Young adult, survives near-fatal injuries after accident on *one of the most dangerous roads in the UK.

  • 22-year-old male driver allegedly lost control of vehicle due to mud on the A53 between Loggerheads and Market Drayton

  • The driver faced 14 hours of surgery and walked out of hospital on his 22nd birthday, just 10 days after the accident

  • Driver was a well-known member of the community to the on-call crew that rescued him

'Supportive Employee' title for Service at Dyslexia Awards

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has scooped another award after a thorough evaluation at the 2020 Dyslexia Awards, held virtually on Friday, 27 November.

The Service won the the ‘Supportive Employer’ title for the second time - previously awarded in 2017 – with judge and Founder Elizabeth Wilkinson saying: “It is most definitely an exceptionally well deserved win, I am so proud of all that you do and of all our finalists.”

Fire Service hosts Facebook live vehicle rescue

To highlight the dangers of winter driving, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a live Facebook casualty rescue known as an ‘extrication’.

  • Almost a third of all collisions in Shropshire (in 2019) ended in death or serious injury
  • Long-term emotional impact of RTCs can devastate families 
  • Facebook audience invited to submit questions live to fire crew

Open to All - Taster Sessions

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has overcome challenging COVID-19 regulations and announced the latest round of dates for its firefighter taster sessions next month.


Rigorous safety measures have been put in place allowing the sessions to continue despite a change in restrictions and will now happen on Wednesday, 7 and Wednesday, 14 October.

The taster days allow members of the public interested in joining the fire service, the opportunity to experience certain aspects of the role.

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