Firefighter takes own life at station during night shift after 25 years’ service

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

Andrew Moore, 50, had worked as part of Red Watch for West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) after more than 25 years of work.

In a statement, WMFS said Andrew's family have been told about what happened by senior fire officers.

"Andrew's death has come as a great shock to the entire service," chief fire officer Phil Loach said.

"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."

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

After joining North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service in September 1993, Andrew transferred to the WMFS in May 1996.

Members of West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority (WMFRA) today observed a minute's silence in honour of Andrew.

WMFRA chairman, 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."

For confidential support call the Samaritans in the UK free on 116 123 or visit a local Samaritans branch

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