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)….
12 Jan 2017
West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) has secured another Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) partner, once again from the banking world! TSB are the latest to sign up to the…
11 Jan 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been responding to incidents throughout the day as a result of the strong winds across the county. This is the latest update…
11 Jan 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has received a steady stream of wind related 999 calls since 3am this morning (January 11). The latest update is that our Control…
03 Jan 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is delighted that recently retired colleague and friend, Dr Brian Ward, has been awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the…
22 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has formed a new Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) partnership with the Leeds Jewish Housing Association (LJHA). A signing event took place on Wednesday…
21 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is delivering a stark warning about the dangers of storing batteries incorrectly after dramatic footage shows a battery explode in a man’s pocket….
20 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Intervention Team has received a top accolade for its pioneering work with partners to improve the lives of young people. The team won…
20 Dec 2016
George and Jean Mawe recently had a visit from Dewsbury Fire Station’s White Watch for a festive Home Fire Safety Check! George and Jean are…
16 Dec 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has approved a period of public and staff consultation on proposed changes to emergency cover. Assistant Chief Fire Officer Steve Rhodes presented the proposals…
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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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