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West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service

West Midlands Fire Service helps to keep 2.8 million people in the West Midlands safe. The second largest fire and rescue service in England, it serves a diverse population across Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

West Midlands is committed to attending the most serious incidents within five minutes. It works with partners and the community to identify risks across the West Midlands and uses this evidence as the basis for its Community Safety Strategy. In 2017/18 the service attended 26,708 incidents. Of these, 10,592 were fires and 2,382 were road collisions.

The service carried out 31,576 Home Fire Safety Checks to people’s homes in 2017/18 and worked with businesses to help keep their employees and customers safe.

The service has maintained and built on a strong collaborative relationship with other blue light services, local authorities and other partners throughout the West Midlands.

WMFS is administered by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, which comprises 15 councillors from across its service delivery area.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Wendy Williams
    is HMI for West Midlands Fire Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Western fire region

Contact Wendy Williams

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts

Service Area

348 square miles

Population

2.90m people 4% local 5 yr change

Workforce

100% wholetime 0% on-call
0.63 per 1000 population local 1 national level
17% local 5 yr change 17% national 5 yr change

Assets

38 stations 79 appliances

Incidents

3.7 fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.0 national
2.5 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local 3.1 national
2.9 false alarms per 1000 population local 4.1 national

Cost

£22,160 local per 1000 population per year £22,380 national per 1000 population per year

Fire & Rescue Chief

Phil Loach