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Fire Safety Boost for Much Wenlock


Much Wenlock welcomed its brand new fire engine at a ceremony held at the town’s fire station which will make the rural area safer during fires and major incidents.

It was the weekly drill night for the town’s 11 firefighters but also in attendance were the Mayor and Mayoress of Much Wenlock, members of Much Wenlock Town Council and Shropshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer.

Shropshire Smoke Alarms Save 18 in Romania

The lives of 18 Romanian mothers and children were saved by smoke alarms fitted as part of a Shropshire led campaign to improve fire safety in rural parts of Transylvania.

A major fire broke out in a care home on April 27, caused by a cigarette, but residents managed to escape after the alarm was raised. The home’s manager later praised UK’s Operation Sabre for installing smoke alarms as part of a campaign in rural areas of Romania.

Shropshire Fire Aid To Romania

A Shropshire led campaign to deliver much needed fire and humanitarian aid to Romania has been praised for its “commitment and dedication.”

Fire engines from Devon, driven across Europe by members of Operation Sabre, culminated in a handover ceremony this week attended by dignitaries from the Romanian and British governments and fire chiefs.

Shropshire Fire Aid To Romania


A team of volunteers have set off from Shropshire on another 1,800 mile road trip to donate much needed fire equipment and help vulnerable children and the elderly in rural parts of Romania.

Operation Sabre embarked from Shrewsbury on the five day journey to Mures County, Transylvania, taking vital humanitarian and firefighting aid to countryside regions where fire stations are far apart and ill equipped.

Shropshire's New Chief Fire Officer



The new Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has been appointed by Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority.

Rod Hammerton, the former Deputy Chief Fire Officer, steps up to replace John Redmond, who has retired.

After a short career in the Royal Navy, Rod joined the fire service in Hampshire in 1992 as a firefighter initially serving at Eastleigh Fire Station, near Southampton.

Chief Fire Officer To Retire


Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer John Redmond has announced his retirement after a distinguished 32 year career in the Fire and Rescue Service.

He has led the county brigade through some of the harshest austerity measures ever to hit the fire service slashing £3 million off the budget while keeping open county fire stations faced with closure.

His time in charge was characterised by budget reductions and shrinking resources due the Government’s austerity programme. 

Fire Safety For Shropshire Children


Children and their families will learn all about how to stay safe with Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service during Child Safety Week.

Fire crews from across the county are joining forces with health experts to educate young people at a series of events from June 6 to 12.

They will be in Oswestry Town Centre on market day on June 8 with the brigade’s Outreach vehicle to show safety films and give presentations to shoppers and their families and in Telford Shopping Centre near Primark from 9am to 5pm on June 9 and 10.

Fire Fighter Charity Success



Shropshire fire crews have smashed their fundraising target for the year by collecting £17,000 in a series of charity events.

They had aimed to raised £9,600 for the Fire Fighters’ Charity over the past 12 months but raised the bar to get an extra £7,400.

Charity Service co-ordinator Ashley Brown praised the fundraising enthusiasm from firefighting colleagues at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“It has been a fantastic year for both fundraising for the Fire Fighters Charity as well as raising the profile of the services on offer to all members.

12 Tips For Festive Fire Safety


Shropshire fire chiefs have something to sing about – and it’s all about fire safety this Christmas.

Chief Fire Officer John Redmond and Assistant Chief Fire Officer Louise McKenzie joined voices with Fire Authority member, Councillor Keith Roberts, to resonate the 12 tips for festive fire safety.

They helped launch Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service’s annual safety campaign aimed at reducing the risk of fires in the home at Christmas and New Year.

“This is the time of the year when we unfortunately tend to get the most serious incidents,” said Mr Redmond.

Electric Fire Safety Tips


Advice about electrical safety and the importance of registering new electric products was given to Shrewsbury store customers by the fire prevention team of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service as part of Electrical Fire Safety Week.

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority chairman Stuart West joined fire prevention officers and staff at Curry’s store in Meole Brace Retail Park, Shrewsbury, to launch the annual fire safety awareness campaign.

A quarter of all fires in Shropshire homes last year were caused by electrical appliances, they revealed.


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