Road safety

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.

Firefighters Support Bike4Life Campaign

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the Bike4Life campaign with firefighters joining the convoy of thousands of motorbikes as it weaves its way through the county on Sunday, April 22.

The annual event is the largest motorcycle gathering in the country which raises funds for the Air Ambulance when an estimated 12,000 riders will take part in a 23 mile ride from Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford via the M54 in Telford.

Shrewsbury fire station’s Watch Manager Paul Gray and Crew Manager Rich Meadows, both experienced motorcyclists, will be with the convoy on its route.

Fire Stations Fight Back

 

Firefighters are fighting back after “despicable” thieves put lives at risk by stealing lifesaving equipment from county fire stations.

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has called in SmartWater, the successful crime deterrent and “thief catcher,” to protect equipment from further raids in all 23 Shropshire fire stations.

Safety Messages at the Petrol Pumps

 

Lifesaving messages are to be emblazoned on petrol pumps to remind Shropshire drivers about fire prevention and road safety.

Busy petrol forecourts in Shrewsbury and Telford will have vivid adverts displayed about the importance of regular smoke alarm checks and to remind motorists to be aware of vulnerable cyclists and pedestrians especially during the dark wintry months.

Shropshire's High Sheriff in Mock Car Rescue

 

Shropshire’s immaculately dressed High Sheriff swapped her refinery for fire kit and safety goggles to be “rescued” from a crashed car by firefighters.

Christine Holmes climbed into the front seat of a scrap 14-year-old grey Suzuki car ready for six firefighters from Green Watch at Shrewsbury Fire Station to practise a rescue.

The high profile road collision “victim” was in the driving seat to see at first hand how firefighters regularly free victims of county road crashes from their wrecked vehicles.

Road Safety Demo For Lord Digby Jones

 

Lord Digby Jones keenly watched Shropshire firefighters as they professionally freed a driver “trapped” in the wreckage of a car in a road safety demonstration in the county.

He later sat inside the car, which had its roof removed, for photos to help publicise the campaign to raise awareness about road safety for business drivers.

The road safety event was organised by the TTC Group in Telford which educates 320,000 road users each year.

"Destroyed" New Car Aids Shropshire Firefighters

 

A brand new car has been "destroyed" - but it’s all in a good cause to train the emergency services in Shropshire.

College students helped to strip down and rebuild the former demonstration car in their car maintenance classes.

The main pillars of the £30,000 black Chevrolet Captiva were completely sawn through so that the roof can be manually lifted off.

Recruiting "On call" Firefighters in Shropshire

 

An appeal has gone out for more “on call” firefighters across Shropshire but they are especially needed in both Prees and Newport.

Anyone interested can turn up at two recruitment events being held at Newport Fire Station, Salters Lane, on March 12 from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday, March 28 from 10am to 1pm.

There are a total of 15 firefighters who cover the Newport area but they need more with six recently retiring or moving away.

While there are are 11 firefighters in Prees but “we can take 16,” says Watch Manager Tony Peck, who works at a concrete plant.

My Mum's A Firefighter

 

A campaign to get more women to become firefighters has been launched as three of the latest recruits get ready to join Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

A primary school teaching assistant from Much Wenlock, Church Stretton fitness instructor and Clun pub barmaid are undergoing training at the fire training school in Telford to bring to 19 the number of women now serving as county firefighters.

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