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Fire Authority Approves Precepts Increase

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority have now approved the proposal of a 1.99 per cent increase in precepts to go Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service. This equates to a £2 per annum increase for Band D homes.

The Authority met at an extraordinary meeting yesterday (Wednesday 23 February) to make a decision on the precept for the financial year of 2022-2023 before the local authorities meet to agree the overall Council Tax.

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:

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 and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority respond to re-election of Police and Crime Commissioner

Following the re-election of Jon Campion as West Mercia’s Police and Crime Commissioner, the Chair of Shropshire & Wrekin Fire Authority’s Councillor Eric Carter, said; “As a Fire Authority we congratulate Mr Campion on his re-election and hope it means West Mercia Police and Shropshire Fire and Rescue will be able to continue with the excellent collaboration we already enjoy.

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.

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.

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.

New Assistant Chief Fire Officers appointed

New Assistant Chief Fire Officers appointed to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority, the body responsible for overseeing the work of the fire and rescue service, has announced the appointment of two, senior posts.

From January, the Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) posts will report directly to the Chief Fire Officer, filling one existing vacancy and replacing another - the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) – occupied by Dave Myers who retires in December

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