Wyre Forest StationStourport Road
Station Commander: Bob Sproat
Station Type: Wholetime and On-call
Vehicles and Skills:
- 4 Scania Fire Engines
- Land Rover off-road firefighting vehicle
- High Volume Pumping Unit with 2 Prime Movers
- Water First Responder Team
- Mistubishi L200 utility vehicle
- Command Support Unit
- Drone Team
Other Station Information
Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub serves the rural, urban, and industrial areas of Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster, with a combined population of around 100,000.
Located on a 3.5 acre former brown-field site on Stourport Road between Kidderminster and Stourport, the £7.6 million investment, which was part-funded by £2.38 million from the Government Fire Transformation Fund, serves all the communities of the Wyre Forest.
Following completion of the construction in spring 2020, the fire crews of Bewdley, Stourport and Kidderminster relocated to the new station. The co-location of these three fire stations – which had a combined building age of almost 200 years – along with the Police Safer Neighbourhood Team and Severn Area Rescue Association, will create an Emergency Services Hub that will bring benefits to the community by enabling:
- a more resilient emergency response
- closer sharing of operational intelligence
- smarter risk prevention activity
- improved incident response activity
The Wyre Forest Hub is made up of both wholetime firefighters and on-call firefighters. The on-call firefighters work part-time, responding to fire calls in the area when needed.
The station has some of the very best training facilities available, including:
- a 'hot fire house' that uses LPG to create realistic scenarios involving fires in buildings
- a steel framed tower to allow for high level working and rescues
- a dedicated road traffic collision area that incorporates a section of dual carriageway
- a large water pit that will enable training with the High Volume Pump (HVP)
- a dedicated foam training area
As water first responders, the crew are able to perform rescues and searches in shallow waters or flooded areas. The high volume pumps based at the station also provide support in reducing the effects of flooding, or creating sustainable water supplies at local or national incidents. Our Land Rover 130 off-road firefighting vehicle is ideal for use on large expanses of heathland, such as Hartlebury Common, or areas that are difficult to access like parts of the Severn Valley Railway.
A Command Support Unit is expected in late 2020 and this will provide Commanders with support at larger incidents within, and potentially beyond, the service area.
In late 2020 we will introduce drone capability to give a bird's eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes.
The new drone can also be used to assist crews whilst dealing with a host of other incidents from road traffic collisions to wildfires and animal rescues, along with more specialised incidents such as structural collapse, flooding, and those involving hazardous materials. Furthermore it may be used to give a new vantage point, for example, on rescues from height, water, or even trenches.
On-call training nights are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 18:30 to 21:30 and On-Call Firefighters are required to attend one session each week.
Station risk profile
A station risk profile is a review of potential life risks in each of the Fire and Rescue Service's fire station areas.