Firefighter found dead while on duty at Wolverhampton Fire Station
A firefighter has died while on duty at Wolverhampton Fire Station, it has been confirmed today.
Andrew Moore, aged 50, was found dead at the city's fire station where he had been on duty on the night shift with colleagues from Red Watch yesterday.
His death is not thought to be suspicious.
West Midlands Chief fire officer Phil Loach said: “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.”
Members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority observed a minute’s silence in memory of Firefighter Moore at the start of this morning's meeting at the West Midlands Fire Station headquarters.
Fire authority chairman, Councillor Greg Brackenridge, added: "Our thoughts are very much with Andrew’s family.
"I know that his death has affected many people, within and outside of the service. We will ensure that we do all we can for those who need support.”
Having joined North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in September 1993, Andrew transferred to West Midlands Fire Service in May 1996.
Flags at fire service stations and site are being flown at half mast from 8am today.
And tributes have come pouring in from firefighters across the UK in light of the news.
- Anyone needing support can call the Samaritans helpline number, 116 123, at any time.
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