20 Jul 2016
Firefighter Nigel Gill is retiring operationally from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, with his search dog Eddie. But for the five-year-old black Labrador it’s not game set and match…
05 Jul 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to take care on the roads this Summertime. As we near the school holiday period, scores of parents will be…
24 Jun 2016
Kirklees Councillor Judith Hughes remains Chair of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority for a third year. Councillor Hughes, who represents the Almondbury ward for Labour, was the first female…
22 Jun 2016
A Chief Fire Officer’s Commendation was today awarded to a hero Police Officer who saved four children and a woman from a house fire in Bradford. PC Sean Cannon was…
21 Jun 2016
The hugely popular Emergency Services Show will be taking place at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) Headquarters in Birkenshaw on July 9. This is once again the public’s…
20 Jun 2016
Firefighters and support staff from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have been recognised for their long service and dedication. Twelve firefighters were awarded the Fire Service Long Service and…
17 Jun 2016
Every year West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) supports the Muslim community observe the period of Ramadan. It is essential people take extra care in their home while cooking…
14 Jun 2016
This year marks the centenary of an event that today would undoubtedly be seen as a national disaster. The Low Moor Munitions Company explosion, on August 21, 1916, claimed the…
10 Jun 2016
A 10-year-old boy had a lucky escape yesterday after he was rescued unharmed from the face of a disused quarry in Thornton Road, Bradford. The Fire Service received a call…
08 Jun 2016
The summer months are upon us and we have been enjoying some fantastic weather! West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) hopes everyone can make the most of the sunny…
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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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