06 Mar 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is pledging to #BeBoldforChange this International Women’s Day (IWD), which takes place each year on 8 March. This worldwide event champions women’s achievements –…
01 Mar 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have now opened their applications for full time firefighters. Applications are open from March 1 until April 9 and it is expected that…
21 Feb 2017
Councillors have agreed a small increase in the charge for fire and rescue services in West Yorkshire. The precept will rise by 1.99 per cent, which equates to around 2p…
08 Feb 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is searching for people to support their community by becoming an on-call firefighter. Fire stations in some of West Yorkshire’s more rural communities, towns…
07 Feb 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is changing the way it delivers home visits in a bid to help keep the most vulnerable people in our communities safe. Today…
31 Jan 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has launched a major recruitment campaign to find the next generation of full-time firefighters. It is eight years since WYFRS employed new full-time (also…
30 Jan 2017
The mission to Clean Up Calderdale continues as the Fire Service supports Council teams taking to Elland for the latest in a series of clean up events. From Wednesday 1…
27 Jan 2017
Chinese New Year celebrations start this Saturday (January 28) and typically continue for around two weeks. The New Year represents a major event in the Chinese calendar which brings families…
26 Jan 2017
Fire crews attended a fire at a terraced property in Hudswell Street, Wakefield, after our Control Room was alerted at 22.34 hrs on the evening of January 18. Firefighters from…
16 Jan 2017
Two refuse workers and a dad-to-be have been hailed heroes for their brave actions in helping rescue two people from a flat fire in Carr Street, Birstall, last Tuesday (10/01/17)….
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Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre which is approximately 200 metres above sea level. The station covers the area south of Huddersfield and is approximately 31 square miles which includes Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Upper and Lower Denby, Emley, Scissett, Shelley, Clayton West, Shepley, Kirkburton and High Burton.
The station serves a population of approximately 31,500 with around 13,000 dwellings and borders with Mirfield, Huddersfield and Holmfirth Fire Stations along with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Holmfirth and Meltham and is staffed by a full time local retained support officer and retained firefighters who operate the ‘on call’ retained duty system.
Recognition of support
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to local employers who release their staff to serve the community as `on-call` firefighters.
Also known as RDS (Retained Duty System) firefighters, on-call firefighters are not based in fire stations. Instead, they are on standby, waiting to be called out by pager. They may be at home, working for themselves or working for a company which allows them to leave work to attend emergency calls.
Like their full time colleagues, on-call firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with a wide range of incidents and situations. These include property fires, road traffic collisions, chemical spillages, animal rescues, flood and storm damage.
We appreciate the goodwill of such employers which enables our ‘on-call’ fire and rescue capabilities to be available in parts of West Yorkshire. Employers allow on-call firefighters, who live or work within five minutes of their local fire station, to leave work at a moment’s notice when their pager alerts them to an emergency in their community.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank the following employers for releasing individuals to enable them to be ‘on-call’ firefighters for Skelmanthorpe fire station:
- JSC Construction
- A V Motors
- Royal Mail
- MTR Windows
For further information regarding becoming an on-call firefighter, visit the following link
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