West Midlands Fire Service helps to keep 2.9 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.
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. 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.
West Midlands Fire Service is administered by West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, which comprises councillors from across its service delivery area.
For over 160 years, His 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.