20 Sep 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and West Yorkshire Police have joined forces to support the ‘European Day Without A Road Death’ campaign this September 21. Whilst the emergency…
16 Sep 2016
Watch Manager Steve Brondel, from Pontefract Fire Station, narrowly missed out on the opportunity of a lifetime to ski 730 miles unassisted over the polar continent to the South Pole…
12 Sep 2016
For many it’s the first time away from home as thousands of young people across West Yorkshire prepare for university life. Whilst ‘going it alone’ is lots of fun, it…
02 Sep 2016
With cooler nights fast approaching, Chimney Fire Safety Week (5-11 September) provides a timely reminder to make sure your chimney is ready for the winter months. There were more than…
26 Aug 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has pledged to transform the lives of young people with the launch of an inspirational programme of courses designed to get them #FiredUp for…
25 Aug 2016
Please find below a joint statement from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and Kirklees Council: A spokesperson said: “The Environment Agency, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue…
23 Aug 2016
A fire at a commercial building in Slaithwaite in the early hours of today started accidentally, a Fire Investigation has found. The fire involved the basement of the property in…
22 Aug 2016
A Springer Spaniel named Mable had a lucky escape thanks to firefighters after getting stuck five feet underground. The dramatic rescue was carried out by Cleckheaton Fire Station’s Green Watch…
18 Aug 2016
Hanover Housing Association, a leading national housing provider for the over 55s, has teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) to strengthen and reinforce its fire prevention…
17 Aug 2016
An exhibition commemorating the centenary of the devastating explosions at the Low Moor Munitions Company on 21 August 1916 will open at Bradford City Hall on Thursday 18 August. The…
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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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