01 Oct 2015
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) today launches the ‘Cherished’ campaign, calling on communities to look out for vulnerable elderly neighbours, relatives and friends throughout the winter months ahead….
22 Sep 2015
A conference looking to share knowledge and explore engaging with diverse businesses to encourage them to make fire safety laws a top priority has been held. West Yorkshire Fire &…
14 Sep 2015
So you’ve got your new room key, unloaded your suitcase and watched your tearful parents disappear off the campus – life as a student begins! Thousands of teenagers are about…
11 Sep 2015
A pilot scheme designed to provide immediate first aid to people in life-threatening medical emergencies who live in rural communities has been given the go ahead by West Yorkshire Fire…
11 Sep 2015
Fire doors are often the first line of defence in a fire. Their correct specification, maintenance and management can be the difference between life and death for building occupants. Sadly,…
11 Sep 2015
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to get their appliances checked regularly in support of Gas Safety Week (14-20 September). The fifth annual Gas Safety Week will…
03 Sep 2015
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging business owners to ensure they and their staff are on top form when it comes to fire safety at their premises…
02 Sep 2015
A sod-cutting ceremony took place today to mark the beginning of construction work on a new fire station in Ossett. Councillor Tracey Austin, Vice Chair of the Fire Authority, sank…
02 Sep 2015
With summer drawing to a close, Chimney Fire Safety Week (7 –13 September) provides a timely reminder to make sure that your chimney is ready for the winter months ahead….
19 Aug 2015
A Pekingese pooch got into quite a pickle this afternoon after becoming trapped in a garden gate. Owner, Pat Cole, dialled 999 as a last resort after eight-year-old Lily ran…
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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. There is a varying degree of incidents from moorland fires and road traffic collisions in its 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. The population is 18,594 and the area incorporates 7,906 dwellings. Personnel are involved in community groups for example scouts and guides who visit the station on a regular basis. The neighbourhood policing team are attached which is a valuable resource 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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