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Accommodation for Festival of Rescue

Accommodation

Where to Stay

If you are planning to compete at the festival, supporting loved ones, or simply coming to enjoy the atmosphere we have created a list of hotels and apartments all within 1.5 miles of the Smithfield site to give you the best possible experience of our city and our festival.

Located in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, the former Smithfield Market site will be transformed into our temporary festival venue.

Hotels within 1.5 miles of Smithfield

Travelodge Birmingham Central Bullring, Upper Dean Street, Birmingham

Travelodge Bullring

Ibis Birmingham Centre New Street, Bromsgrove Street, Birmingham, B5 6NU

Ibis Birmingham City Centre

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre, Smallbrook , Queensway, B5 4EW

Holiday Inn Birmingham City Centre

Hotel Ibis Budget Birmingham Centre, 1 Great Colmore Street, B15 2AP

Hotel Ibis - Great Colmore Street

Hotel Comfort Inn , Station Street, Birmingham, EN, B5 4DY, GB

Comfort Inn

Easyhotel Birmingham, 81-91 John Bright Street, B1 1BL

Easy Hotel

Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre, Waterloo Street, B2 5PG  

Premier Inn Birmingham City Centre

Hampton by Hilton Birmingham, 200 Broad Street, B15 1SU

Hampton - Hilton

Malmaison, 1 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RD

Malmaison

Crowne Plaza, Birmingham City Centre, Central Square, Holiday Street, Birmingham, B1 1HH

Crowne Plaza

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Snow Hill,  1 Snow Hill Plaza St Chads, Queensway, Birmingham, B4 6HY

Holiday Inn Snow Hill

Travelodge Birmingham Central, 230 Broad Street, Birmingham, B15 1AY

Travelodge Broad Street

Jurys Inn, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

Jurys Inn

Radisson Blu Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus, Queensway, Birmingham, B1 1BT

Radisson Blu  Birmingham

AC Hotel Birmingham, 160 Wharfside, The Mailbox, Birmingham, B1 1RL

Marriott Hotel - Mailbox

Novatel, 70 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HT

Novatel

Clayton Hotel, Albert Street, Birmingham, B5 5JE

Clayton Hotel

Conference Aston, Aston University, Aston Street, Birmingham, B7 4ET

Aston Uni

Aloft Birmingham, Eastside, 4 Woodcock Street, Birmingham, B74BL

Marriott - East side

Serviced Apartments

Staybridge Suites, Martineau Place, Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 4UW

Staybridge Suites

No 8 Waterloo Street Apartments, Birmingham, B2 5PG

https://birminghamservicedapartments.co.uk/

Staycity Aparthotels, Newhall Square, 88 Charlotte Street, Birmingham, B3 PW

Staycity Apts

Staying cool at the Rotunda Birmingham Bullring

https://www.stayingcool.com/locations/birmingham/

Premier Suites, Dean House, 38 Upper Dean Street, Birmingham, B5 4SG

Premier Suites

ACCOMMODATION

Posted on May 9, 2022

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ACdr Sam Burton on the Festival of Rescue

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AC Burton on the West Midlands Festival of Rescue

"To have it, here in the West Midlands, is enormously exciting, and to be leading the planning, coordination and delivery of the event is a real honour for me."

The Festival of Rescue coming to the West Midlands is a huge source of pride for me and our Service.  To have it, here in the West Midlands, is enormously exciting, and to be leading the planning, coordination and delivery of the event is a real honour for me.

I joined West Midlands Fire Service in 2001, as a firefighter at Highgate Station.  Moving through various roles across, Prevention, Protection and Response has been a real privilege to learn and understand all the areas our Service has to offer.

As the Area Commander for Operations North, Commonwealth Games and Emergency Planning this is an area I know well – it's ingrained in me, I’ve lived and breathed it throughout my career, and to be able to showcase the best of the work we do as UK Fire and Rescue Services to my communities, my area and my home is the of opportunity of a career.

Most of our communities see us either in their time of need, during our visits to schools, homes, businesses where every opportunity is taken to make the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier.

Often people see our staff, equipment and resources and the work we do from a distance, provoking a curiosity to what we do.  The public have trust and confidence in us to get on with the job at hand and for that, we are enormously grateful, the opportunity to show them, up close and in realistic scenarios, what we do among our national peers, is one not to be missed.

We’re working extraordinarily hard behind the scenes to prepare for a busy summer – the lead up to the Festival of Rescue is preceded by the Summer of Rescue, where West Midlands Fire Service will be in our communities, giving a taste of the major event to come leading up to and over the summer holidays.

The West Midlands is prepared and ready for big events with our range of sports grounds, music arenas and cultural institutions that offer so much to our communities – this is an area that wants and desires something new, something different, and is desperate to fully enjoy a summer following the hardships of the last two years.  The Commonwealth Games is an excellent circuit breaker for this, to be able to follow this international event with something unique and intriguing is an opportunity we are fully taking, we can only do with the support of our fellow FRSs, our staff and sponsors.

We have a dedicated team working on the Festival of Rescue, securing brilliant event spaces which will give the public a great view of our efforts; creating spaces to engage our communities, using the event to educate people on how to keep themselves and their families safe; and to promote you and your products to a rapt audience of national Fire and Rescue Services, all looking for that next innovation that makes our jobs easier.

It’s an opportunity my team and I have grabbed with both hands – I hope you’ll see the opportunity to be able to do the same.

FESTIVAL OF RESCUE

Posted on May 7, 2022

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An engaging and interactive UKRO festival

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An engaging and interactive UKRO event

The West Midlands Fire Service is gearing up for an exciting and interactive Festival of Rescue in the heart of Birmingham.

We’re delighted to be hosting the 2022 UKRO Festival of Rescue, pitting the very best of the UK Fire and Rescue Service against one another in the fields of vehicle extrication, water rescue, trauma care, rope rescue and urban search and rescue. We’re even adding a sixth event this year – UKs fittest firefighter – to test competitors’ strength and endurance.

The fact that the festival takes place in a public setting is a unique opportunity for the UKFRS to show the public an increasing important side of what we do as an emergency service. We’re planning on making it the most interactive and engaging UKRO event yet, making use of a site in central Birmingham that will have hosted major Commonwealth Games events just a few months prior.

While the Festival is of course an opportunity for fun and friendly competition, it is also an important way of driving up standards in vital rescue disciplines, learning lessons from one another and ensuring our services are highly prepared. We aren’t only involving our teams in the competition in September but are planning a whole “Summer of Rescue” with public events across our stations and the region to both develop our team’s skills and build momentum and interest in the event. You can find out more about that elsewhere on this site.

We are of course also aiming to exploit the event to promote our prevention and protection messages, develop new relationships with partners and sponsors, and encourage more people to consider the fire and rescue service as a career. Rarely do we get an opportunity to showcase our service on such a scale and in such a public manner – short of a major incident.

This event will only be successfully delivered through partnership, and we’re keen to engage with anyone who is interested in supporting us. Whether it is volunteering to support the planning and execution of the event or providing financial support through sponsorship, we’d be keen to hear from you. If you think you could support us to deliver a summer to remember, please take a look around this site where you’ll find more information about how to get involved!

FESTIVAL OF RESCUE

Posted on May 6, 2022

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Competitor registration now open!

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Competitor Registration now Live!

Registration to participate at this year’s national challenge opens from 5th May to 17th June 2022.

West Midlands Fire Service will be hosting this year’s UKRO National Challenge. Festival of Rescue 2022 will take place at Smithfield, Birmingham from 29th Sept to 1st Oct.

Find the link to register HERE

 

We hope to see you there!

UKRO 2022 will bring competitors from over 30 fire and rescue services around the UK and even further afield to compete in five disciplines: Trauma Care, Rope Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and Water Rescue. This year we’re also pleased to be adding the UK’s Fittest country.

The event itself is a unique spectacle with teams assessed as they undertake various challenges in front of a live audience. Members of the public will be able to watch teams compete, and learn more about the various rescue disciplines, as well as the wider role of the Fire and Rescue Service.

UKRO 2022 will bring competitors from over 30 fire and rescue services around the UK and even further afield to compete in five disciplines: Trauma Care, Rope Rescue, Urban Search and Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and Water Rescue. This year we’re also pleased to be adding the UK’s Fittest country.

The event itself is a unique spectacle with teams assessed as they undertake various challenges in front of a live audience. Members of the public will be able to watch teams compete, and learn more about the various rescue disciplines, as well as the wider role of the Fire and Rescue Service.

COMPETITORS AREA

Posted on April 28, 2022

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A Summer to Remember in the West Midlands

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A Summer to Remember in the West Midlands

"We want to ensure that our safety and resilience measures are as unobtrusive as possible while remaining robust"

Area Commander Sam Burton writes in the Emergency Service Times about WMFS's preparations for the Commonwealth Games and the UKRO Festival of Rescue.

Read the full article in the April edition of the Emergency Services Times by clicking the link below.

EST April e-Edition

FESTIVAL OF RESCUE

Posted on April 25, 2022

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