Firefighter takes his own life at fire station while on duty during night shift

A firefighter has died while on duty overnight at a fire station by taking his own life.

Andrew Moore was found at the fire station in Wolverhampton following the Sunday night late shift.

The 50-year-old had been working as part of Red Watch for West Midlands Fire Service and had been a fireman for more than 25 years.

In a statement WMFS said Mr Moore's family had been informed of his death in person by senior fire officers.

Chief fire officer Phil Loach said: “Andrew’s death has come as a great shock to the entire service.


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"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 our headquarters.

Chair of WMFRA, councillor Greg Brackenridge said: “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, Mr Moore transferred to West Midlands Fire Service in May 1996.

Flags at WMFS sites will be flown at half mast today.

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