Shires Fire and Safety recruits as company expands

One of Shropshire’s best-known fire safety firms is continuing to expand as it welcomes two new recruits to the company.

Shires Fire and Safety on Stafford Park in Telford has witnessed significant growth over the past year and today announced the appointment of a new Senior Engineer and Office Administrator to cope with the increasing demand for business.

Paul Stokes 34 from Halesowen, has been hired as a Fire Extinguisher Department Manager due to Shires’ increased success in attaining and retaining fire protection contracts for both fire extinguishers and electrical work, such as fire alarms and emergency lighting.

“Paul will manage our team of engineers and go out on the road,” said Michael Gurden, Shires Fire and Safety Operations Director.

“We need more multi-skilled engineers in our business because of the dual dynamics of both electrical work but also the extinguisher side.

“It makes perfect sense for our clients as it’s more economical to have one person coming on site who can do several things at once.

“From a health and safety point of view, it means there are fewer people coming into your business so it’s easier to control in terms of a fire or accident and managing who is on your premises at any one time.

“Paul has a wealth of experience in the fire industry and was a really obvious candidate. We had an unprecedented response to our advertisement.”

Kallum Giles, 18 from Shifnal, undertook an apprenticeship scheme with Shires through Matrix Training and Development based in Telford and has now been appointed to the permanent position of Electrical Installation Administration.

“He will be managing the effective allocation of maintenance works and call-outs,” said Mr Gurden.

“It’s not always possible to place apprentices in your own business when they have finished their apprenticeship so we are thrilled to welcome Kallum on a permanent basis.

“It just shows how much our volume of work has increased recently and we need people who understand our business, like Kallum.”

Mr Gurden said it was great to see the company expanding when many businesses are having to make redundancies due to the tough economic climate.

He said: “We are continuing to grow our business. It’s a great position for us to be in but also for the local economy as we are able to hire local people and give back to the community,” he said.

“In a tough economic climate, we certainly feel to be able to keep on recruiting is praiseworthy.”

Paul Stokes said he was thrilled to be working for Shires Fire and Safety.

“I’m looking forward to getting out and about in the community.

“As a multi-skilled engineer, it’s really useful for companies as we can do everything they need all at the same time with fewer people coming on site.”

Kallum said he was delighted his apprenticeship has been rewarded with a full-time job.

“It shows just how important the apprenticeship scheme is for getting employment.

“It means I’ve learnt my trade on the job and now I have the experience needed to really hit the ground running.”

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