West Midlands Fire Service
(WMFS) is the statutory fire and rescue service
responsible for fire protection, prevention, intervention and emergency rescue in the county of the West Midlands
The West Midlands Fire Service functions under the control of the "West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority", which is a joint-authority, made up of councillors from the seven local authorities in the West Midlands.
The service was created in 1974 when the West Midlands county came into being. Prior to its creation, each of the county boroughs
in the West Midlands area (Birmingham
, West Bromwich
) had their own fire brigade
. The largest of these brigades was the City of Birmingham Fire Brigade
. The WMFS was created by a merger of these, plus parts of Warwickshire Fire Brigade
, and is now the second largest and one of the best-performing fire and rescue teams in the UK.
The service was originally headquartered in the former City of Birmingham Fire Brigade
headquarters at Lancaster Circus
which were opened on the 2nd of December, 1935 by HRH Duke of Kent
. It is now a Listed building
. However, the service moved to purpose built, modern headquarters on Vauxhall Road, Nechells
, with the move commencing in July 2008 (and being completed by the end of November).
The brigade is run under the command of the Chief Fire Officer... Read More