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West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service

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.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • His Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Lee Freeman is temporary HMI for West Midlands Fire Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Western fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

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.

Key facts – 2020/2021

Service Area

348 square miles


2.94m people
up4% local 5 yr change


99% wholetime firefighters
1% on-call firefighters
0.48 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down5% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change


38 stations
41 fire engines


3.3 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.2 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
3.1 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national


£24.46 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)