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Fire safety is food for thought on Shrove Tuesday
Firefighters are asking residents to give fire safety ‘food for thought’ on Shrove Tuesday.
Crucial campaign delivers hard-hitting message
School children are stepping out of the classroom and into the fire station for lessons in safety.
Nominate your ‘fire service champion 2016’
Nominations are now being taken for the ‘Fire Service Champion 2016’ category of the Service’s MORE Awards.
Investigation reveals cause of Tunstall house fire
An investigation has found that a severe house fire in which a man suffered serious injuries was accidental.
Firefighters tackle severe blaze in Tunstall
Firefighters have tackled a severe blaze which broke out at a terraced property in Tunstall in the early hours of this morning.
Safety warning following fatal fire
Firefighters are warning people never to leave items on top of cooker hobs following a fatal incident at a Bentilee flat.
Prince's Trust team programme needs you!
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is looking to recruit young people to take part in its free Prince’s Trust ‘Team’ programme.
Get Started programme is a success
Thirteen young people from Cannock have completed the third Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started’ programme in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.
Fire safety courses make good business
Business owners in Staffordshire can help to prevent a blaze from breaking out in their premises by taking part in a nationally recognised fire safety course.
Overloaded plug socket sparks severe house fire
Firefighters are warning residents not to overload plug sockets in the wake of a severe house fire in Tamworth.
Retained recruitment drive is launched in the west
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of retained (on call) firefighters for its stations in the west of the county.
Retained recruitment drive is launched in the north
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of on-call firefighters for its stations in the north of the county.
Retained recruitment drive is launched in the east
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a recruitment drive to boost the number of on-call firefighters for its stations in the east of the county.
Ten-point checklist to keep older people safe
Friends, relatives and neighbours of older people are being urged to help protect them this winter by carrying out 10 simple safety steps.
Service supports Register My Appliance Day
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is adding its voice to support ‘Register My Appliance Day’ which takes place tomorrow (January 21).
Safety warning after cooker blaze in Cheadle
Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out in the kitchen of a flat in Cheadle in the early hours of yesterday morning (January 18).
Bring some sunshine to blue Monday
Firefighters are urging residents to spread a little sunshine on ‘Blue Monday’ and visit an older or vulnerable person to ensure those most at risk are safe, warm and well.
Sunlight reflecting off mirrors causes fires
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a safety warning in the wake of two blazes involving mirrors in the past two days. 
20,000 older people receive safety boosting leaflet
Thousands of older residents across Staffordshire have received a letter from the Chief Fire Officer as part of a safety boosting campaign.
Prince's Trust helps young people achieve
The Prince’s Trust’s Achieve programme, run in partnership with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, has been launched at Curborough Community Centre in Lichfield.
Ground-breaking project is rolled out in Burton
A ground-breaking national partnership between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Public Health England has been rolled out into Burton.
Cold weather alert issued for the county
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make sure they are prepared for the cold weather, ahead of severe conditions forecast for this week.
Electric blanket incident sparks safety warning
A man in his nineties has had a lucky escape after a faulty electric blanket caught fire in his Stoke-on-Trent home today.
Firefighters carry out 377 'safe and well' visits
Firefighters have carried out 377 ‘safe and well visits’ in the homes of older residents as part of a ground-breaking initiative.
Hair dryer sparks blaze in Biddulph
Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out in the bedroom of a mid-terraced house in Biddulph.
Crews have moved into Leek Community Fire Station
Crews have today moved into Leek’s new £3.4 million community fire station.
House fire sparks safety warning
Firefighters have issued a safety warning in the wake of a house fire in Biddulph Moor after a hot ember from an open fire ignited a nearby basket of logs.
Chief Fire Officer - safety is the priority despite the cuts
Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has pledged that the safety of residents and crews will remain paramount despite a funding cut of more than £1.43 million in the next financial year.
Tea-time is a life-saver for older and vulnerable people
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to visit an older or vulnerable friend, relative or neighbour and check that they are safe in their home over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
Make a date for fire safety
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to make a date with fire safety and to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms.
Winter packs help vulnerable keep warm
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to help the most vulnerable members of the community in the north of the county cope with the approaching cold weather.
Young people receive Prince's trust award
A group of young people have graduated from a Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service led Prince’s Trust programme.
Pilot project keeps Tamworth vulnerable warm
Firefighters and Joint Operations Group in Tamworth have joined forces as part of a pioneering pilot project to help the most vulnerable members of the community cope with the approaching cold weather.
Flat fire sparks smoke alarm warning
Firefighters are urging people to ensure they have working smoke alarms fitted following a flat fire in the early hours of this morning.
Warning over potential hover-board fire hazards
Firefighters are warning people of the potential hazards associated with buying hover-boards as presents this Christmas amid concerns they could go up in flames.
Volunteers Christmas lunch is huge success
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service joined forces with Tesco and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rugeley to bring some Christmas cheer to a group of hardworking volunteers today.
Service spreads festive cheer
Firefighters in Shelton have been spreading festive cheer by providing much-needed blankets to vulnerable people.
Don't fall foul of a festive fire
Revellers enjoying Christmas parties can avoid falling foul of a fire this festive season by following top tips on safety.
Young driver initiative drives forward training
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Ken Jervis Dealership in Cobridge to deliver driver education and training for young people.
Hundreds flock to the Family Festival of Carols
Hundreds of people flocked from far and wide to enjoy the Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday.
Firefighters tackle blaze at derelict pub
More than 40 firefighters attended a blaze at a derelict public house in Stafford overnight.
Staffordshire firefighters help with major incident


A five-strong crew from Rugeley travelled to the area on Saturday evening with the High Volume Pump (HVP) which is capable of moving large amounts of water.

Prince's trust team programme is 'dynamite' for budding geologist
A budding geologist from Stafford has completed an ‘explosive’ Prince’s Trust work placement where business-as-usual included preparing quarry walls ready for blasting
Last chance for carol festival tickets
Kick off your festive celebrations with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral on December 6 at 6pm. A few remaining tickets are still available.
Time capsule burial marks milestone
Penkridge Community Fire Station marked a milestone today when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.
Chief Fire Officer announces retirement plans
Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service yesterday announced he will retire from the Service on April 8 2016, after 34 years.
Life-saving programme drives home road safety messages
A hard-hitting programme aimed at young drivers will deliver road safety messages to youngsters aged 16 to 24 in the west of the county.
Welephant will make a splash at charity car wash

Firefighters from Stone will be holding a charity car wash on Saturday December 5.
Welephant, the service’s hugely popular mascot, will be donning his trunks and joining them and Santa will be making a special appearance.
Christmas lights switch on at Hanley fire station
Louise Stones from Signal Radio’s Andy and Louise show will be featuring the Christmas lights switch on at Hanley Community Fire Station in Thursday morning’s breakfast show.
Switch on to fire safety and don't overload at Christmas
Firefighters are warning about the dangers of overloading plug sockets after a spate of recent fires across the county.
CFO reinforces partnerships in wake of shocking statistics
Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has today reiterated the life-saving potential of partnerships between the Service and the NHS in the wake of shocking Government statistics.
Fire service lights the way with Amazon torches
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Amazon UK to supply 500 torches to vulnerable residents, lighting the way to a safer winter.
Reserve your place for the Family Festival of Carols
Residents are being urged to reserve their seats for the Service’s Family Festival of Carols before places run out.
Snuff out the candle fire risk
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging candle-users to stay safe for candle safety week and snuff out the risk of fire in their home.
Firefighters celebrate success
Firefighters have been congratulated after completing a challenging three-year development programme to become fully competent.
Celebrating 25 years of the Ceremonial Squad
Past and present members of Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad celebrated their 25th anniversary at a special event last night.
Firefighters in multi agency incident exercise
Staffordshire firefighters took part in a major incident training exercise to practice rescuing casualties with simulated trauma and injuries.
Kitchen fire sparks warning over pets
Firefighters are warning people not to leave pets alone in kitchens after a dog knocked a cooker hob on, sparking a blaze.
Retained firefighter recruitment drive in Brewood
A recruitment drive looking for retained firefighters to help protect the people of Brewood is currently running.
Road safety campaign visits north staffordshire schools
Firefighters will be visiting pupils at Birches Head High School in Stoke-on-Trent from November 23-26 as part of a national road safety campaign.
Retained firefighter recruitment drive in Penkridge
A recruitment drive looking for retained firefighters to help protect the people of Penkridge is currently running.
Fire service drives home potentially life-saving messages
A modified vehicle used to simulate road traffic collisions will be driving home life-saving messages to young people in the west of the county during Road Safety Week (Nov 23-29).
Dynamic initiative drives forward sporting activities
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has teamed up with Afford Rent-a-Car to drive forward a series of dynamic sporting activities across Staffordshire.
Enjoy the Family Festival of Carols at Lichfield Cathedral
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Festival of Carols is set to take place at Lichfield Cathedral on Sunday, December 6.
Smoke warning - Gilllow Heath Estate, Biddulph
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is currently tackling a fire near Gilllow Heath Estate, Biddulph which is creating a lot of smoke in the local area. 
Ceremonial Squad celebrates 25th anniversary
Past and present members of Staffordshire’s Ceremonial Squad will celebrate their 25th anniversary next week.
Uttoxeter firefighters soap up for charity
Firefighters from Uttoxeter Community Fire Station will be getting in a lather when they hold a charity car wash on Saturday, November 14.
Chief condemns firefighter attacks
Two attacks on Staffordshire firefighters have been condemned by Chief Fire Officer, Peter Dartford.
Top tips for shoppers in Tamworth
Community Safety Officers will be giving shoppers in Tamworth top tips on electrical fire safety on Friday, November 13.
Marking a milestone with time capsule burial
Bilbrook and Codsall Community Fire Station marked a milestone when a time capsule was buried in its grounds.
Coffee Station to be launched at Hanley
Hanley Community Fire Station will be throwing open its doors to local residents from November 11 and inviting people to come in for a chat and a cuppa.
Service is to mark memorial of the Last Post in Ypres
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will take part in ceremonies of remembrance under the Menin Gate memorial in Ypres next week.
Electric blanket warning following fatal fire
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging members of the public to think about their safety after an investigation established that an old electric blanket was responsible for a fire in which an older gentleman died.
Make a clean sweep for chimney fire safety
Now winter has arrived and evenings are becoming colder, homes throughout Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent will be turning up the heat.
Staffordshire fire and rescue sign up to mental health anti-stigma pledge
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue today became the latest organisation to join the growing number of emergency service employers and associations showing their commitment to ending mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace by signing the Blue Light Time to Change pledge.
Firefighters drive home road safety message
Winter is approaching and as the temperatures drop and road conditions deteriorate Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to consider road safety.
Fire and health launch ground-breaking partnership today
A ground-breaking national partnership between Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Public Health England (PHS) has today been launched.