From the District

District Commander Martyn Greenwood

The people of Calderdale can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work.  We have set out plans to prioritise our services in the community over the coming year and we would encourage you to take a look at these plans in detail.

Calderdale District Action Plan 2016-2017

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2016-2017

Our priorities are to:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme.
    In simple terms, we want to prevent fires occurring in the first place. To date, our actions have been extremely successful in this area and we have saved lives. We intend to work with partner agencies and target those most at risk to continue this programme.
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Provide a safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community.
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money.

The bonfire night period is usually very busy for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.  This year bonfire night fell on a Saturday and therefore local crews were kept very busy over the full weekend.  In total, fire crews attended 49 incidents over the weekend period, but fortunately most of these were minor in nature.

National Road Safety Week also takes place during November.  I am really pleased that once again, our flagship “Roadshow” event at Halifax Victoria Theatre was a huge success.  The Roadshow takes place every year and aims to bring home the horrific consequences of road traffic collisions.  The target audience is local sixth form students who are effectively the next generation of drivers.  It presents hard-hitting messages about the consequences of speeding, using portable devices, not wearing seat belts, and driving while under the influence.  The event is a great example of partnership working between the “blue lights”

While on the subject of partnerships, I would like to thank everyone involved in trying to transform our current home safety check service to encompass a broader “Safe and Well” concept.  I am extremely pleased at the amount of progress made with the transition and grateful for the enthusiasm by all of the partners involved.  We will very shortly embark on a pilot scheme for a new style visit which will address health and well-being aspects in addition to the traditional fire safety related elements.  The visits will help to support the wider public health agenda, but ultimately will improve the quality of life for people.

Of course, our focus is now turning toward Christmas and the new-year celebrations.  Some of the things we enjoy during this festive period, for example fairy lights, candles and decorations, can be potential fire hazards.  The link below is to a simple government guide to Christmas fire safety.  Christmas and New Year is a time to celebrate, so please follow the guidance to keep everyone safe to enjoy the festivities.

Wishing_You_a_Safe_and_Happy_Christmas_-_Version_2.pdf

Finally, please spare a thought for older relatives, friends and neighbours this Christmas.  Last year around half a million older people spent Christmas alone, so please help to spread a little cheer by visiting them this year.  The John Lewis’ Christmas advert for 2015, still holds its currency and puts across the message of loneliness really well. John Lewis Advert 2015.  Checking in, having a chat with, or even just popping a card through the door of an older person only takes a moment and can make a real difference.

Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

 

Martyn Greenwood

Calderdale District Commander

About this district

Calderdale district covers an area of 140 square miles and has a population of around 200,100.

It contains large areas of open countryside and moorland, as well as several deprived areas. The district has some 4,000 listed buildings and the largest town, Halifax, still retains one of the most complete Victorian landscapes in Britain.

The district provides a water rescue capability where firefighters are specially trained to deal with flooding and rescuing people trapped in water. In addition, there is a wildfire unit with specially trained personnel who can deal with large scale moorland or grass fires.

Calderdale District

Population 200,000+

Size of Area 140 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Halifax fire station

Halifax

Halifax fire service personnel are committed to improving the service delivered to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. There is a population of 69,483 and the area…

External view of Illingworth fire station

Illingworth

Illingworth Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated to the north of Halifax. It covers a mainly residential area of 16,951 dwellings and has a population of 40,617. The team…

External view of Mytholmroyd fire station

Mytholmroyd

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External view of Todmorden fire station

Todmorden

Todmorden Fire Station, built in 1969, is positioned in the heart of the South Pennines moorland area.  It borders with both Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire…

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