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 congratulate everyone involved in organising and running the “Road show” event at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax on 18 November. The “Road Show” takes place every year and is our flagship event during national Road Safety Week. Sadly, this year the event followed a tragic road traffic collision in Doncaster where five teenagers lost their lives. The Road Show targets local sixth form students and tragic incidents like this really bring home the horrific consequences of road traffic collisions. We hope that the hard-hitting production helps to deliver life-long safety messages to those who attended.
Of course, our focus is now turning toward Christmas and the New Year celebrations. Some of the things we enjoy during this festive period, for example fairy lights, candles and decorations, can be potential fire hazards. The link below is to a simple government guide to Christmas fire safety. Christmas and New Year is a time to celebrate, so please follow the guidance to keep everyone safe to enjoy the festivities.
Finally, please spare a thought for older relatives, friends, and neighbours this Christmas. Last year, around half a million older people spent Christmas alone, so please help to spread a little cheer by visiting them this year. Checking in, having a chat with, or even just popping a card through the door of an older person only takes a moment and can make a real difference.
Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Calderdale District Commander