04 Feb 2016
Fire crews have been praised for containing a fierce fire at a printing warehouse in Wetherby last night. At its height, 20 fire engines and more than 100 firefighters from…
04 Feb 2016
The Living Wage Foundation is pleased to announce that West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been accredited as a Living Wage employer. West Yorkshire is the first Fire…
01 Feb 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) History Month launching today. This follows on from our backing of charity Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces campaign,…
01 Feb 2016
Firefighters remain at the scene of Lumb Lane working alongside demolition crews today following last Thursday’s large-scale blaze. Four fire engines are onsite and firefighters are making the scene safe…
29 Jan 2016
Relief crews remain at the scene of Lumb Lane, Manningham this morning following yesterday’s major mill fire, which started just after 11.20am. At its height 25 fire engines and more…
27 Jan 2016
Work on the new Ossett Fire Station build continues with the external and partition walls on the two storey block currently progressing to first floor level and on the one…
25 Jan 2016
Rogue landlords in south Leeds are firmly in the sights of the council and fire service who have been awarded £70,000 to bring problem properties up to scratch. The successful…
19 Jan 2016
Following the recent devastating storms across Yorkshire, where over 2,200 properties in Leeds alone were flooded, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), Leeds City Council, Garforth Flood Support Group…
18 Jan 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) attended a serious fire involving a hoverboard in Wyke, Bradford, on Friday evening (15/01/16). Shortly before 9pm the fire took hold in the…
14 Jan 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager Nick Smith, who attended today’s Batley mill fire, has praised firefighters for their quick and effective response to tackling the large blaze….
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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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