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Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service supports NFCC's Sprinkler Week campaign

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) National Sprinkler Week campaign.

The campaign runs from Monday18th to 24th May and raises awareness of the benefits of sprinkler systems for keeping people and buildings safer from fire as we encourage people to .

Heroic actions of on-call firefighter

Also head gardener at Hodnet Hall gardens, Ross Underwood, aged 37, is on-call for emergencies with SFRS and on this occasion, put his fire-fighter training to use at his primary employer’s workplace.

He was alerted by a colleague to a man in his 80s, experiencing a blackout in the gardens and sprang into action, retrieving the trauma kit from nearby Hodnet fire station.

Ready Willing and Able to go extra mile to support their communities

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) is taking part in the National Fire Chiefs Council’s  (NFCC) "Ready Willing and Able" campaign which launches today (April 15 l) which will show how fire and rescue services in the UK are going the extra mile to protect and support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters and support staff across Shropshire will be sharing stories on social media about how they’re using their wide range of skills to provide community reassurance and help, in response to the national crisis.

No Smoking Day 2020

Smokers urged to ‘put it out, right out’ on No Smoking Day 11 March

Smokers are being reminded today that careless disposal of cigarettes is the single biggest killer in house fires. In the year ending June 2019, 215 people lost their lives due to a fire at home.

With a steady decline in the number of smokers in England, the overall number of fires triggered by cigarettes is small, but with over a third of all fire deaths in the country attributed to cigarettes the proportion of fatalities is staggering.

Effects of Grenfell Tragedy in Shropshire


Changes will be made to make buildings safer in Shropshire following the Grenfell tower block tragedy, say senior officers from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Fire officers are expected to be given more powers to question new developments and planned alterations to buildings when Dame Judith Hackitt reveals the results of her review of building regulations next month (May) following the Grenfell high rise flats tragedy in which 71 died when the 24 storey block was destroyed by fire in June last year.

Fire Safety Seminars for Business


Shropshire company bosses are being urged to attend an education seminar at Telford or Shrewsbury fire stations to learn more about their legal responsibilities for fire safety at their commercial premises.

The Business Education Seminars run by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service also give an insight to business owners about what they need to do before property inspections are carried out by fire officers.

The two hour seminars are being held for the business community by fire safety officers on March 26 and 27 from 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm.

Sprinklers Save Lives


Sprinklers save lives and businesses – that is the message from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service in a campaign during national Sprinkler Awareness Week which starts today.

A senior fire officer said he wanted to “dispel the myth” that water from sprinkler systems caused more damage than fire.

“That is absolutely and completely untrue. Sprinklers only react to just where the fire is. They react to the heat and successfully put out fires to save lives and property,” said Ian Leigh, Station Manager in Protection at Shrewsbury Fire HQ.

Shropshire's Arson Campaign


Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for the public’s help to join the fight against criminals who deliberately set fires in the county as part of Arson Awareness Week.

“Fire crime” can have devastating effects with sometimes serious consequences and added cost to the public purse, said Guy Williams, Group Manager in charge of Prevention and Protection for the county.

He is appealing to people to help prevent arson by putting bins out of sight and away from property, not leaving skips full of rubbish and reporting flytips to councils.

Farm fire prevention advice

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have attended 10 incidents across the county in the last 10 days involving bales of straw on fire.

Some of the incidents involve large quantities of hay, with 450 bales of straw on fire at Crudgington (pictured), 300 tonnes of straw near Hodnet and 250 bales of hay smouldering in Nesscliffe. We have also attended 4 incidents involving a combine harvester, tractors and balers.

The following advice is given on the NFU Risk Management Programme:


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