Fire Authority

Fundraisers aid Romania

Shropshire fundraisers who collected more than £10,000 to fund a county charity mission to send much needed fire engines to Romania have been praised for their efforts by Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Hundreds of people from across the county held car washes, cake sales, dress down days and auctions while sports clubs held bucket collections to raise the cash which will send four fire engines and a team of 14 volunteers to Romania next week.

Their efforts will help replace “outmoded and cumbersome” equipment and “save lives.”

Fire Service Awards

Long Service and Good Conduct Medals have been presented to 11 Shropshire firefighters and a member of the support staff at Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service by the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire after completing 20 years service.

“They have dedicated their lives to assisting Shropshire people and on behalf of them I want to thank you very sincerely. You have never let us down when turning out to homes, rivers or car crashes. When we need help, you will be there,” said Algernon Heber-Percy.

Shropshire couple praised for charity work after tragedy

A Bridgnorth firefighter who “worked tirelessly” with his wife to raise £35,000 for charity after the death of their toddler son has won a top award.

Ashley and Gemma Brown raised the money for Asthma UK after their two-year-old son Cameron tragically died from the illness.

The couple aimed to raise £25,000 for the national charity with the launch of Cameron’s Fund but beat their target due to “their complete dedication” to the cause and positive response after their personal loss, said Chris Metcalfe, of Telent.

Top award for lifesaving Newport firefighter

A Newport firefighter who launched a successful campaign to educate teenagers in driver safety after a high number of student deaths in road crashes has won the High Sheriff’s Good Citizen Award.
There was a “dramatic reduction” in the number of road traffic collisions as a result of the work of Martin Richardson at Harper Adams Agricultural University.

Firefighters for 80 years

Two Shropshire firefighters with joint firefighting careers spanning 80 years have been honoured for their long service.

Retired postman Peter Langford and ex-soldier David Warwick both joined Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service as retained firefighters in 1972.

They were both presented with their 40 years service award by Stuart West, chairman of Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority, at a ceremony held at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn last night (Wednesday).

County MPs in call for fair funding for Shropshire

Shropshire MPs are demanding fairer funding for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, who is also the Northern Ireland Secretary, is in talks with fellow Government Ministers about Shropshire’s “unfair deal” compared to other brigades.

Shropshire’s population spread over a rural 1,235 square miles means it gets less funding to run its fire and rescue service.

Fair funding for Shropshire

Shropshire must get fair funding from the Government to run its fire and rescue service, says Shropshire & Wrekin Fire Authority.

A campaign to lobby Ministers gained momentum as it was revealed that a small increase in Government grant could freeze the portion of council tax paid to fund Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Councillor Stuart West, chair of the Fire Authority, today appealed for people to write to their local MP to demand fair funding for the county fire brigade.

Government funds £1.8 million for new Fire Control for Shropshire

The Government has agreed to fully fund the £1.8 million needed to run a new “state of the art” control centre which has improved the speed of firefighter call outs in Shropshire, it was revealed today.

A jubilant Chief Fire Officer Paul Raymond today welcomed the funding boost.

“I am delighted that we have been awarded the full amount of funding that we bid for. We can now pay for the state of the art 999 system without further impact on the pockets of local tax payers.

Fire authority agrees 5p per week increase in Council Tax

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire Authority has voted for a 5p per week rise in council tax after demands from the public not to cut front line services.

Five fire stations were in danger of closing with the Fire Authority forced to cut £4 million from its £21 million annual budget over the next four years. A 28 per cent reduction in Government grant and high inflation added to the financial problems.

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