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West Midlands firefighter takes his own life after night shift

West Midlands Fire Service say they are 'deeply saddened'. Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) have announced the death of firefighter Andrew Moore, saying it's come as a 'great shock'.

The 50-year-old was found dead yesterday evening (16 February) at Wolverhampton fire station, where he had been on duty on the night shift with colleagues.

WMFS have confirmed he had taken his own life.

Andrew joined North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in September 1993, and transferred to West Midlands Fire Service in May 1996.

Flags at West Midlands Fire Service sites are being flown at half mast today (17 February), and members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority observed a minute’s silence in Firefighter Moore's memory this morning.

Andrew’s death has come as a great shock to the entire service. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with his family, friends and colleagues.

One of our senior officers informed Andrew’s family of his death. We will continue to provide them with all the support they need at this very difficult time.”

– Chief Fire Officer Phil Loach

The Fire Brigades Union have responded to the news of the death to say that they 'are working hard to better understand the impact of firefighting on mental health', and that 'no one should ever feel there is no other way out'.

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