09 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to review the messages in our Winter safety campaign for older people, called Cherished. The reminder comes after two separate…
08 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have once again launched their ‘Countdown to Christmas’ social media campaign. Decorations, lights, candles and heaters are but a few of the hazards…
01 Dec 2016
It’s one month since West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service re-launched its Cherished Campaign calling on the people to pledge to look out for older people who may be vulnerable…
01 Dec 2016
Dewsbury firefighters have joined forces with NHS staff at Dewsbury and District Hospital in support of the Cherished Campaign. The Cherished Campaign was re-launched exactly one month ago (November 1)…
29 Nov 2016
For the second year running West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are working together with Radio Aire to support the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK, Mission…
28 Nov 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s (NPCC) Counter Terrorism Awareness Week 2016 which takes place from Monday 28th November to Sunday 4th…
21 Nov 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting the national Electrical Fire Safety Week (Nov 21-27) led by the Government’s Fire Kills campaign in partnership with charity Electrical Safety…
21 Nov 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is taking part in the UK’s biggest road safety event, Road Safety Week (21-27 November), coordinated by Brake, the road safety charity. This…
17 Nov 2016
Fire Service chiefs are concerned following a recent string of blazes involving derelict or unoccupied buildings across the Kirklees district. The latest fire, at Newsome Mills in Huddersfield, has prompted…
10 Nov 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be marking Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday both at home and abroad. The official service for WYFRS will be held at Fire…
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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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