The High Sheriff at Height! A visit to our local Fire and Rescue teams


By 2021 Joanna Hilditch

H&W Fire & Rescue.

With the team from Hereford. Brilliantly trained professionals.

With my head for heights (not!) it was an alarming hoist on the platform up to a good 60 feet. High Sheriffs – scary! But fabulous views across the city. Saw all the modern kit and spent some time hearing about the broad and varied work.

H&W FRS have an annual budget of £36 million (75% from council tax)
80% of budget employing nearly 350 FT staff
390 on call retained firefighters
25 fire stations

41 fire engines

Drone capabilities, off road vehicles, boat aerial ladder platform specialist animal rescue, extraordinary kit!

It’s not just about fires but road accidents, flooding, water rescues, pollution and hazardous material incidents, animal rescues, gaining entry for ambulance, searching missing persons, prevention and protection activities, fire safety, community help, and much more.

Dedicated people and dedicated advanced equipment.
Thank you Jon Pryce, Gareth Clarke, George Marshall and team – and for the thrills! Next time double the height 😂.
Great to go out with Patricia Thomas last years High Sheriff.