27 May 2016
As part of the national Fire Kills campaign, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding sailing enthusiasts to take care when out on the waves and waterways this…
26 May 2016
The Fire Service is offering advice to the public after an overheated laptop on a bed started a house fire in the Paddock area of Huddersfield. The fire started in…
19 May 2016
More than 80 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire have celebrated graduating from the Young Firefighters scheme. The young people attended a formal graduation ceremony at West Yorkshire Fire and…
17 May 2016
A partnership between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Asda has been selected to be a finalist at the National Primary Authority Awards to be held in London…
17 May 2016
Firefighters remain on Ilkley Moor this morning ensuring that the wildfire which started yesterday is completely extinguished. Our Control Room received a call at 15.53 hrs yesterday (16/05/16) to the…
13 May 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is delighted to announce the start of construction of the new Shipley Fire Station on Valley Road, Bradford. A sod-cutting event took place…
12 May 2016
Over 50 operational firefighters and officers have been awarded by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) for their professionalism in their response to the Boxing Day floods of 2015….
10 May 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is highlighting the dangers of storing rechargeable batteries alongside metal items after this sparked a fire in Wakefield. A young man was taken…
05 May 2016
A family has had a lucky escape today after a substantial fire took hold in their home in Highthorne Grove, Armley, this morning. The fire has completely destroyed the third…
03 May 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) hopes to raise home fire safety awareness among the deaf community. Our new video is being launched to coincide with national Deaf Awareness…
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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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