08 Feb 2016
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is now accepting applications for on-call firefighters to serve rural areas of the county. Firefighters are needed to work on a standby basis to…
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Slaithwaite Fire Station, built in 1962, is a retained station staffed by a mix of retained and wholetime retained personnel. It is situated approximately 4 miles from Huddersfield and provides fire cover for the Colne Valley. The population of the station area is 18,594 and incorporates 7,906 dwellings.
There are a varying degree of incidents from moorland fires and road traffic collisions in the station’s own area as well as supporting Huddersfield in a bigger built up area.
The team is made up of a Station Commander, who is also responsible for Huddersfield, in addition to a Watch Commander and a team of on call firefighters. Along with its fire appliance the station now staffs one of two brigade Personnel Welfare Units (P.W.U.) which is mobilised to protracted incidents to provide welfare facilities to crews on the incident ground.
Slaithwaite personnel are involved in community groups such as scouts and guides who visit the station on a regular basis. The neighbourhood policing team are attached, which is a valuable resource in providing a police presence in the valley.
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 Slaithwaite fire station:
- Meadow Court Residential Care Home
- S Warman Farriers
For further information regarding becoming an on-call firefighter, visit the following link:
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