27 Oct 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are warning that it will not tolerate any attacks on its firefighters who are simply trying to protect people from harm. Bradford…
26 Oct 2016
Rastrick Station firefighters Andrew Lockwood and Gavin Shaw have made it into the finalists for a Pride of Britain Award. The pair have been nominated for their efforts in rescuing…
24 Oct 2016
A dedicated member of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has been shortlisted for a Local Government Annual Achievement Award. Bradford Councillor Joanne Dodds is up against councillors from Leeds,…
24 Oct 2016
Members of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) joined staff from Yorkshire Building Society (YBS) for a firefighter experience day. The fire marshals from YBS were given the opportunity…
21 Oct 2016
On the evening of Wednesday 26th October from 1900hrs -21.00 hrs a small scale exercise will be taking place at Grosvenor Chemicals in Huddersfield. Grosvenor Chemicals along with WYFRS would…
19 Oct 2016
The newly modernised Mytholmroyd Fire Station is expected to reopen by Christmas 2016. The fire station, in Burnley Road, was badly damaged during the 2015 Boxing Day floods. On call…
19 Oct 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has pledged to spend £230,000 on improving water rescue equipment and training for firefighters across the county. The move has come as a result…
18 Oct 2016
Firefighters will remain at the scene of a major blaze in Leeds through the night as they continue to damp down. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to…
18 Oct 2016
Firefighters have been praised for their swift action in saving a bingo hall during a fierce blaze in Leeds this morning. Ten fire engines and three aerial appliances from around…
14 Oct 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) plans to host its popular Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza on the 4th of November at our Headquarters in Birkenshaw. The organised event provides…
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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 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. 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.
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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