West Midlands Fire Service
West Midlands Fire Service is the third largest fire and rescue service in the UK, with only the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and London Fire Brigade being larger, is one of only two fire services in which all stations are full-time. WMFS delivers emergency services to 2.83 million residents across seven local authority areas in the county of the West Midlands in England. The brigade is run under the command of Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach and the Strategic Enabling Team, providing emergency response from 38 strategically located fire stations, divided into six Command Areas. Responsibility for the running on the brigade lies with West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority, a joint authority made up of councillors from the seven local authorities in the West Midlands; the service was created in 1974. Prior to its creation, each of the county boroughs in the West Midlands area had their own fire brigade, the largest of, the City of Birmingham Fire Brigade. WMFS was created by parts of Warwickshire Fire Brigade.
The service was headquartered in the former City of Birmingham Fire Brigade headquarters at Lancaster Circus which were opened on 2 December 1935 by HRH Duke of Kent. It is now a listed building and the service moved to purpose-built, modern headquarters on Vauxhall Road, Nechells, in 2008; the following people have held the office of Chief Fire Officer: 2014 to present: Phil Loach 2009 to 2013: Vijith Randeniya OBE 2003 to 2008: Frank Sheehan 1998 to 2003: Kenneth Knight 1990 to 1998: Graham Meldum 1981 to 1990: Brian Fuller 1975 to 1981: Tom Lister CBE 1974 to 1975: George Merrell CBE All fire stations within the service are full-time, work on 2 types of shift: Core - full 10- or 14-hour shift on 4 watches of Blue, Red and White Late - 12-hour shift running from 10:00AM to 10:00PM on 2 Watches of Orange and Purple. Tettenhall is the only late crewed station, therefore Wolverhampton covers the area at nightBirmingham City Centre is covered by 3 stations: Aston located and covering the Northern Area.
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Firefighters are part of a Watch system that consists of'core' crews and'late' crews depending on the station they are serving at. Staff that are part of the core crews will be on duty for two days from 8am until 6pm two nights from 6pm until 8am. Late crews are on duty from 10am until 10pm for four days in a row. Firefighters that are part of the core crews will belong to either a Red, White or Blue Watch, those in the late crews will belong to either an Orange or Purple Watch; as with many other fire services, West Midlands Fire Service uses a rank structure that has evolved over time – the original titles are still used some brigades. In January 2019 it was alleged that West Midlands Fire Service was using discriminatory practices in recruitment of new firefighters. Once candidates had passed a reactions test, they moved on to a numerical and mechanical reasoning exam. Media reports stated that ethnic minorities and females taking this test were deemed to have passed should they achieve a score of 60%.
However, it was claimed that white male candidates were required to score at least 70%. Member of parliament David Davies condemned the policy, stating "It's bonkers, they should just be picking woman for the job. They shouldn't be lowering the target for anyone just to meet a target." The service has target of 60 % of new recruits to be female by 35 % to be ethnic minorities. In repose to criticism, the organisation did not comment on whether it had different pass marks for different groups, stating "West Midlands Fire Service is committed to a workforce which reflects the diversity of all our communities" and "our recruitment shows our determination to challenge outdated perceptions about who can – and can’t – be a firefighter."West Midlands Fire Service's statement. Operating out of two locations, a primary base at Bickenhill fire station and a satellite base at Wednesbury fire station, the WMFS Technical Rescue Unit
Arden is an area, located in Warwickshire and part of Staffordshire and Worcestershire traditionally regarded as extending from the River Avon to the River Tame. It was once wooded, giving rise to the name'Forest of Arden', it does not seem. Believed to be derived from a Brythonic word ardu- "high", by extension "highland", the area was thickly forested and known as the Forest of Arden. Located near the geographical centre of England, the Forest of Arden, through which no Roman roads were built, was bounded by the Roman roads Icknield Street, Watling Street, Fosse Way, a prehistoric salt track leading from Droitwich, it encompassed an area corresponding to the north-western half of the traditional county of Warwick, stretching from Stratford-on-Avon in the south to Tamworth in the north, included what are now the large cities of Birmingham and Coventry, in addition to areas that are still rural with numerous areas of woodland. The most important and largest settlement in the forest was the town Henley-in-Arden, the site of an Iron Age hillfort.
An ancient mark stone known as "Coughton Cross" is still present at the south western corner of the forest, at the junction of Icknield Street and the salt track. It is located at the southern end of the frontage of Coughton Court and is owned by the National Trust. According to local tradition, travellers prayed here for safe passage through the forest. From around 1162, until the suppression of the order in 1312, the Knights Templar owned a preceptory at Temple Balsall in the middle of the Forest of Arden; the property passed to the Knights Hospitaller, who held it until the Reformation during the 16th century. Robert Catesby, leader of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, was a native of a village in Arden, it is believed that many local families had resisted the Reformation and retained Catholic sympathies including the family of Shakespeare, whose paternal ancestors were from Temple Balsall. Thorkell of Arden, a descendant of the ruling family of Mercia, was one of the few major English landowners who retained extensive properties after the Norman conquest, his progeny, the Arden family, remained prominent in the area for centuries.
Mary Arden, mother of William Shakespeare, was a member. Shakespeare's play As You Like It is set in the Forest of Arden, however it is an imaginary version incorporating elements from the Ardennes forest in Thomas Lodge's prose romance Rosalynde and the real forest. Towns in the area include Hampton-in-Arden, Henley-in-Arden, Tanworth-in-Arden; the Countryside Commission considered creating a new national forest in the area in 1989, but the proposal was not taken up. A national forest has been established in the northern midlands however. Publisher Felix Dennis planted substantial areas of woodland in the area, known as the Heart of England Forest and on his death in 2014 left most of his fortune to be used for this purpose. 3000 acres have been planted in Spernall and Honeybourne. Hampton-in-Arden Henley-in-Arden Tanworth-in-Arden Arden family Shapiro, James. 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-21481-9. Webb, John. "Forest of Arden". Heart-of-England. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
Andrew Watkins. "Landowners and their Estates in the Forest of Arden in the Fifteenth Century". Agricultural History Review. 45: 18–33. JSTOR 40275129. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. About the Forest About Mary Arden
Jamie John Ward is an English-born Northern Irish professional footballer who plays as a striker or a winger for Championship club Nottingham Forest. Born in Birmingham he began his career with his home-town club Aston Villa but failed to break into the first team and following a spell on loan at Stockport County he joined Torquay United. From there Ward had signed first for Chesterfield and Sheffield United before joining Derby County in 2011. Qualifying through his grandfather, he plays for the Northern Ireland national team. Ward began his career as a trainee with Aston Villa and played in their 2004 FA Youth Cup Final defeat against Middlesbrough, he turned professional in July 2005 after recovering from injuries received in a car crash in 2004. Although Ward captained Aston Villa's reserve team, he did not make a first team appearance and in March 2006 he joined Stockport County on loan until the end of the season, making his league debut in a 1–0 victory away to Bury on 7 March, he made scoring once in a 3 -- 1 home victory against Shrewsbury Town.
At the end of the 2005–06 season, Ward was released by Aston Villa and on 6 July 2006 he signed a three-year contract with Ian Atkins' Torquay United, despite interest from Stockport County and Wrexham. However, with a change of ownership and manager at Torquay, Ward asked for a transfer in December 2006, he joined Chesterfield, managed by former Torquay manager Roy McFarland, on 31 January 2007 on a two-and-a-half-year contract for an undisclosed fee. Ward started the 2007–08 season brightly, but in only his second game, against Sheffield United, he again pulled his hamstring, he scored twelve goals for the Spireites that season. He began the 2008–09 season as a first choice, with his form attracting attention from higher level clubs such as Derby County and Sheffield United, he rejected the offer of a new contract with Chesterfield in December 2008, with his existing contract set to expire at the end of the season. In January 2009, Championship side Barnsley made a bid for Ward for £400,000, accepted.
However, the move was called off. Having rejected Barnsley, Ward agreed a three and a half-year deal with Sheffield United in January 2009 with the clubs agreeing a fee of around £330,000. Ward scored his first goal for the Blades in only his second appearance, a 2–1 win at Southampton in February of the same year; the Blades had conceded an injury time equaliser. He played for the remainder of the season, scoring a further goal in the process, his season finished on a low note however as he was sent off for two handballs in the 2009 play-off final against Burnley at Wembley. Having been suspended for the first two games of the following season Ward returned in fine form, scoring four goals in seven games, including the opener in the Bramall Lane leg of that season's Steel City derby against the Owls, he was stretchered off the field in that game following a suspected hamstring tear. On returning to the team in November Ward played without really regaining his early form before again succumbing to an injury in April which sidelined him for the remainder of the season.
Returning to fitness Ward started the 2010–2011 campaign as a regular first team player once more but an early suspension following a red card in the local derby against Leeds United coupled with further injury problems and a loss of form meant that he could not hold down a regular spot in the first team. As the Blades struggled, with new manager Micky Adams seeking to re-build the team, Ward was loaned to fellow relegation-threatened Championship team Derby County in mid-February for three months, with a view to a permanent deal. Ward made his debut on 19 February, starting in a 0–0 draw with Scunthorpe United, he started the next game, a 1–0 defeat to Hull City, but missed the third, a 1–0 win at his parent club Sheffield United, as he was ineligible under the terms of his loan. He started all of the next 10 games, helping the relegation-threatened side to two wins and four draws, his first goal for the club was a penalty in a 2–1 defeat against Middlesbrough on 8 March. He scored again on a stunning 35-yard strike in a 2 -- 2 draw against Crystal Palace.
For his efforts, he was named in the Championship's "Team of the Week". He won 2 penalties in 2 games, the first for a late consolation in a 4–1 defeat to Cardiff City on 2 April, the second for Derby's equaliser in a 2–2 draw with Coventry City on 9 April, he scored again in a 2 -- 1 win against fierce rivals Leeds United on 12 April. His fourth goal for the club was a 20-yard strike in the 30th minute against Burnley on 23 April to put The Rams 2–1 up. In the 61st minute, he conceded a penalty and was shown a straight red card for fouling former Derby defender Tyrone Mears in the 18-yard box. Burnley went on to win the match 4–2. Ward was suspended for the next 2 games and returned for the final match of the season, against Reading on 7 May, he equalised with a stunning 25-yard goal but Derby went on to lose the match 2–1. Derby avoided relegation to League One, something his parent club failed to manage. With his loan spell adjudged a success, two days after the end of Derby's season, Ward signed a permanent 2-year contract with the option of a year extension, for an undisclosed fee.
On 17 September 2011, Ward scored his first goal as a full Derby player with the equaliser against rivals Nottingham Forest, as Derby recorded a 2–1 win. The goal won the club's Goal of the Season award. Ward started all of Derby's league games
B postcode area
The B postcode area known as the Birmingham postcode area, provides postcodes for the city of Birmingham, boroughs of Solihull and parts of Warwickshire, Walsall and Staffordshire in England. The approximate coverage of the postcode districts: B1 1AA is Birmingham Head Post office. B1 1BB is Birmingham Council House Before the introduction of postcodes in the 1960s, Birmingham along with other major cities were divided into numbered postal districts. With a few exceptions these were directly incorporated into the outcode. For example, Great Barr was Birmingham 22 and Smethwick was Smethwick 40 and 41. List of postcode areas in the United Kingdom Postcode Address File Royal Mail's Postcode Address File A quick introduction to Royal Mail's Postcode Address File
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The United Kingdom's capital and largest city is London, a global city and financial centre with an urban area population of 10.3 million. Other major urban areas in the UK include Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and West Yorkshire conurbations, Greater Glasgow and the Liverpool Built-up Area; the United Kingdom consists of four constituent countries: England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Their capitals are London, Edinburgh and Belfast, respectively. Apart from England, the countries have their own devolved governments, each with varying powers, but such power is delegated by the Parliament of the United Kingdom, which may enact laws unilaterally altering or abolishing devolution; the nearby Isle of Man, Bailiwick of Guernsey and Bailiwick of Jersey are not part of the UK, being Crown dependencies with the British Government responsible for defence and international representation. The medieval conquest and subsequent annexation of Wales by the Kingdom of England, followed by the union between England and Scotland in 1707 to form the Kingdom of Great Britain, the union in 1801 of Great Britain with the Kingdom of Ireland created the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. There are fourteen British Overseas Territories, the remnants of the British Empire which, at its height in the 1920s, encompassed a quarter of the world's land mass and was the largest empire in history. British influence can be observed in the language and political systems of many of its former colonies; the United Kingdom is a developed country and has the world's fifth-largest economy by nominal GDP and ninth-largest economy by purchasing power parity. It has a high-income economy and has a high Human Development Index rating, ranking 14th in the world, it was the world's first industrialised country and the world's foremost power during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The UK remains a great power, with considerable economic, military and political influence internationally, it is sixth in military expenditure in the world. It has been a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council since its first session in 1946.
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West Midlands Police
West Midlands Police is the territorial police force responsible for policing the metropolitan county of West Midlands in England. Covering an area with nearly 2.9 million inhabitants, which includes the cities of Birmingham, Coventry and the Black Country. The force is led by Chief Constable Dave Thompson; the force area is divided into ten Local Policing Units, each being served by four core policing teams – Response, Neighbourhood and Community Action & Priority – with the support of a number of specialist crime teams. These specialist teams include CID, traffic and a firearms unit who provide a twenty-four-hour availability to attend reported incidents involving the use of firearms and knives. From comparative data published by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for the twelve months up to September 2013, West Midlands Police recorded 62.93 crimes per 1000 population against an average for England and Wales of 61.39. Total recorded crime was down 3% on the same period the previous year against an average of a 3% fall nationally.
Detection rates for the same period were 23% against a national average of 29% and victim surveys indicated 84.76% of victims were satisfied with overall service provided by West Midlands Police compared against a national average of around 85%. West Midlands Police is a partner, alongside Staffordshire Police, in the Central Motorway Police Group; the force is party to a number of other resource sharing agreements including the National Police Air Service under which its helicopter is made available as a resource for neighbouring forces. Prior to the formation of West Midlands Police as it is known today, the area now covered by the force was served by a total of six smaller constabularies; these constabularies were as follows: Birmingham City Police 1839–1974: Established in 1839 following an outbreak of Chartist rioting that the Metropolitan Police had to help quell, officers from Birmingham City Police first took to the streets on 20 November of that year. With a strength of 260 officers paid at a rate of 17 shillings a week, the constabulary expanded to keep pace with the growth of the city with the final areas to be added before the force's amalgamation in West Midlands Police being the Hollywood area.
Coventry Police 1836–1974: Formed with the Municipal Corporations Act in 1836, Coventry Police was only twenty officers with the support of a single sergeant and one inspector. The force reached a strength of 137 officers by 1914 and continued to grow until in 1969 it was merged with the Warwickshire and Coventry Constabulary, part of which it remained until the formation of West Midlands Police. Dudley Borough Police 1920–1966: Formerly part of the Worcestershire Constabulary, Dudley gained its own police force on 1 April 1920 following a review by His Majesty's Inspector that had suggested previous policing arrangements were unsatisfactory. Dudley Borough Police remained independent until the Royal Commission in 1960 which resulted in its inclusion as part of the newly formed West Midlands Constabulary. Walsall Borough Police 1832–1966: Moving away from a'watch' system, Walsall Borough Police were formed on 6 July 1832 with an initial strength of only one superintendent and three constables.
As with the other regional forces, Walsall Borough Police expanded with the area's population and in 1852 appointed its first two detectives. The force took on its first female recruits in 1918 and in the 1960s became one of the first forces to issues its officers with personal radios; as with Dudley's police force, Walsall Borough Police became part of the West Midlands Constabulary following the Royal Commission. West Midlands Constabulary 1966–1974: Lasting only eight years, West Midlands Constabulary was a newly formed force encompassing a number of smaller borough forces including Dudley Borough Police, Walsall Borough Police, Wolverhampton Borough Police and parts of Staffordshire and Worcestershire Constabularies; the creation of the West Midlands Constabulary was the consequence of 1960's Royal Commission into policing. Wolverhampton Borough Police 1837–1966: The formation of Wolverhampton Borough Police was approved on 3 August 1837 under the condition that the strength of the force not exceed sixteen men.
The Police Act 1839 saw Staffordshire County Police taking over policing in Wolverhampton with Wolverhampton Borough Police regaining responsibility for policing the town in 1848. At the turn of the 20th century the force was 109 strong, reaching a highpoint of around 300 before the force became part of the short lived West Midlands Constabulary in 1966. West Midlands Police was formed on 1 April 1974, owing to the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 which created the new West Midlands metropolitan county, it was formed by merging the Birmingham City Police, the earlier West Midlands Constabulary, parts of Staffordshire County and Stoke-on-Trent Constabulary and Coventry Constabulary and West Mercia Constabulary. The first Chief Constable appointed to the new force was Sir Derrick Capper, the last Chief Constable of Birmingham Police. Between 1974 and 1989, the force operated the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, it was disbanded after allegations of endemic misconduct. These included allegations that officers had falsified confessions in witness statements, denied suspects access to solicitors and used torture such as "plastic bagging" to pa
Castle Bromwich is a suburb of Birmingham situated within the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull in the English county of the West Midlands. It is bordered by the rest of the borough to the south east, North Warwickshire to the east and north east, it constitutes a civil parish, which had a population of 11,857 according to the 2001 census, falling to 11,217 at the 2011 census. It was a civil parish within the Meriden Rural District of Warwickshire until the Local Government Act 1972 came into force in 1974, when it became part of the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. In 1861, the population was 613; this rose to just over 1,000 in the 1920s, when half of the original parish was ceded to the City of Birmingham for the construction of overspill estates. This caused a drop to 678. Post Second World War estate building in Castle Bromwich increased the population to 4,356 in 1951, 9,205 in 1961 and 15,941 in 1971; the parish was split into two, resulting in the lower 2001 figures. Castle Bromwich was a Warwickshire village.
There has been a settlement here since before Stone Age times. There is evidence. Romans and Normans have settled on this raised piece of land close to a natural ford across the river Tame; the Chester Road which runs through the village follows the line of a drovers' road called the Welsh Road, whose origins lie as an ancient trackway from the pre-Roman era. Bromwich is not named in the Domesday Book in 1086 yet was located within the ancient hundred of Coleshill. Bromwich comes from the old words'brom' for the yellow flowering broom which grows here and'wich' an ancient name for a dwelling or settlement; the motte is some 40 metres in diameter and appears to be a natural feature, heightened by Iron Age settlers by the Normans and once again during the developed of the 1970s to make way for the A452 "Collector Road", which by-passed Castle Bromwich to the north. The "Pimple" commanded the important crossing place of the River Tame, it still remains today, somewhat reduced, sandwiched between the Collector Road.
There was an extensive archaeological dig of the area prior to the development of the Pimple site, discoveries were made that confirmed folk tales of the area. The Pimple was the highest point of an iron-age fortification that encompassed most of Castle Bromwich; the land between the Pimple and Kyters Lane was well defended by several ridge and furrow workings. Other ditches were excavated between Kyters Lane and the Pimple but nothing of consequence was found; the name "Pimple" was used from about the year 1915 onwards, the story that the hill was a Saxon burial ground appeared around 1935, when the spread of dwellings from Washwood Heath began to appear over Hodge Hill. Modern houses now overlook the graveyard; the ridge and furrows have been obliterated. There is the Tame valley from the top of the hill. During the 18th century Castle Bromwich was an important place at the junction of two turnpike roads. Chester Road, an old Roman way which ran from London to Chester, joined the Birmingham to Coleshill road near Castle Bromwich Hall.
There was a toll gate at the junction of Chester Road, School Lane and Old Croft Lane, near the village green. The toll house still exists. In the 1780s stagecoaches travelling from Holyhead to London stopped in the village, as did a horse-drawn bus from Birmingham to Coleshill. There were two survive today; the Midland Railway arrived in 1842 and Castle Bromwich Station was rebuilt in 1901. Boy Scouts used to arrive here and trek the four miles to their major camp at Yorkswood in Kingshurst; the station closed in 1965 and was part-demolished in 1975. Until 1894, the village was a hamlet in the large parish of Aston. Castle Bromwich has had historic ties with both Erdington and Water Orton through administration and land ownership whilst being part of the Parish; the Local Government Act 1894 created a parish of Castle Bromwich from part of the Aston parish not in either Birmingham or Aston Manor urban district. It was part of the Castle Bromwich Rural District from 1894 until 1912, when it became part of the Meriden Rural District.
During the 18th, during the 19th centuries wealthy Birmingham businessmen built large houses in Castle Bromwich. Castle Bromwich has a village green; the land for this, called Seven Acre Green, was given to the village by Viscount Newport in 1895. The War Memorial was erected in 1920 on a small island nearby. There is another green called Whateley Green. Whateley is derived from the Anglo-Saxon for wheatfield clearing; this was the site of a smithy. It had stocks and a whipping post. Whateley Hall was nearby; the ancient duck pond was filled in during the late 1950s. In 1931, a portion of Castle Bromwich land was sold and ceded to the City of Birmingham who built the overspill Chipperfield Road development during 1937–8; this halved the area of the parish of Castle Bromwich, from 2,742 acres to 1,239 acres. During World War II, the occupants of Chipperfield Road pulled down an ancient white-washed farm house thinking it would deny German bomber crews a marker to the aerodrome and the adjoining factories.
The Firs Estate (as it was then