From the District

District Commander Martyn Greenwood

 

I would like to assure the communities of Calderdale that we are making the District a safer place to live, work and commute. Our 2014/15 District Risk Reduction Plan and the Service’s 2014/15 Action Plan highlight how we will prioritise and deliver services this year.

Our main priorities are to:

  • deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection programme
  • deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service
  • provide a safe, competent and diverse workforce
  • provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money in managing resources

A Key objective for this year is to reduce risk in areas of Calderdale affected by changes to emergency cover arrangements. On 1 September, we removed a fire engine from Halifax Fire Station, and during 2015, we will replace the fire stations at Brighouse and Elland with a new one at Rastrick. Additional risk reduction activities are therefore taking place in areas around Brighouse, Elland, and Halifax to reduce the risk of future emergencies. These changes take place against the backdrop of a continual reduction in emergency calls throughout Calderdale. This is testament to close working with partner agencies and of course the vigilance of householders, local businesses, and road users.

While on the subject of road users, I would like to draw attention to recent statistics for road traffic collisions on Calderdale’s roads. They show during 2013 that the number of people killed or seriously injured in Calderdale reduced by 6%. The results represent a modest reduction in casualties and reinforce the need to continue working in partnership to reduce the risk of road traffic collisions. Road Safety Week commences on 17 November and a number of events will be taking place throughout the country to promote road safety and help save lives. With this in mind, our flagship “Road show” takes place on 18 November at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax. It is a hard-hitting production aimed at providing thought provoking and life-long safety messages to local sixth form students. The event always receives positive feedback, but pulls no punches in communicating the horrific impact of road traffic collisions.

While we can’t complain about this summer’s weather, warmer and drier periods often mean that there was an increased risk of grass and rubbish fires. I am happy to say that despite the glorious weather these types of incident reduced by over 50% in comparison to last year’s summer months. The sun was even shining during the Tour de France weekend and this posed a significant risk of disturbance due to wildfires. Thankfully, partnership working and good pre-planning helped to promote a safe and successful event for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, our focus is now turning toward bonfire night and making sure that everyone stays safe during this period. Bonfire night can be great fun for all the family but it is important that you celebrate safely. I want everyone to enjoy Bonfire Night but urge people to stay safe by following the firework code and by attending displays that are well organised. In the run up to Bonfire Night, firefighters from Calderdale will be visiting local schools and businesses to highlight the dangers of fireworks, and bonfires. In the meantime, though I would like to direct you to the RosPa website that provides some very good advice about firework and bonfire safety.   

 

Martyn Greenwood

Calderdale District Commander

About this district

Calderdale district covers an area of 140 square miles and has a population of around 200,100.

It contains large areas of open countryside and moorland, as well as several deprived areas. The district has some 4,000 listed buildings and the largest town, Halifax, still retains one of the most complete Victorian landscapes in Britain.

The district provides a water rescue capability where firefighters are specially trained to deal with flooding and rescuing people trapped in water. In addition, there is a wildfire unit with specially trained personnel who can deal with large scale moorland or grass fires.


Calderdale District

Population 200,000+

Size of Area 140 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Brighouse fire station

Brighouse

Brighouse Fire Station, built in 1971, sits on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public. There are 14,651 dwellings in the area and a population of 34,112. The team is mad...

External view of Elland fire station

Elland

Elland Fire Station, built in 1965, is positioned on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public and partner agencies. There is a population of 23,824 in the area which incor...

External view of Halifax fire station

Halifax

Halifax fire service personnel are committed to improving the service delivered to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. There is a population of 69,483 and the area incorporates 29...

External view of Illingworth fire station

Illingworth

Illingworth Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated to the north of Halifax. It covers a mainly residential area of 16,951 dwellings and has a population of 40,617. The team is made up of a statio...

External view of Mytholmroyd fire station

Mytholmroyd

Mytholmroyd fire station is located in the centre of the village which has a population of 12,123 and incorporates 5449 dwellings. The station is managed by a station commander, who is also respons...

External view of Todmorden fire station

Todmorden

Todmorden Fire Station, built in 1969, is positioned in the heart of the South Pennines moorland area. It borders with both Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue...

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