From the District
The people of Kirklees can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work.
We have set out plans to prioritise our services in the community over the coming year and we would encourage you to take a look at these plans in detail.
Kirklees Risk Reduction Plan 2014-15 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2014-15
Our priorities are:
- to reduce risk across Kirklees, with a focus on supporting the integrated risk management planning process, in particular across Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury fire stations
- continue to work effectively with partners across the district, highlighting the risk to both individuals and property
- achieve more with the same or less resource, specifically targeting projected activity and using a combination of prevention, protection and response.
In Kirklees, 37% of dwelling fires over the last 3 years have been cooking related. We intend to trial a new cooker safety solution using innovative technology to turn off a cooker if there is a dangerous situation detected. I will update the page with more details soon.
Whats happening in Kirklees district...
Road Safety Week is taking place 17 November - 21 November. The key theme this year is to Look Out for each other. More details can be found at the link below:
Winter is approaching....
As the nights draw in, please prepare to stay safe and healthy during the winter months:
- Consider having your heating system checked and serviced
- If you have a solid fuel fire, inspect and clean your chimney or have someone do this for you
- Prepare your car for winter - check your tyres for tread and pressure. Have some antifreeze solution ready for your windscreen wash. Have an emergency kit ready including blankets and raincoats, water, torch and first aid kit.
- Check on family, friends and neighbours who may need your help!
If you have concerns about fire safety in your home, Firefighters can carry out a free home fire safety check where they will advise you on fire safety and the type and location of smoke detection, including fitting them where required.
- Don’t leave cooking unattended and never cook after drinking alcohol
- Never smoke in bed and always dispose of cigarettes carefully
- Never leave electrical items switched on overnight and don’t overload sockets
- Never place tea light candles on soft or combustible surfaces. Always place them in a candle holder
- Never leave candles burning when you go to bed and take extra care when pets are around candles
- Drive within the speed limit, avoid distractions at the wheel, stay patient and always wear your seatbelt
- Ensure you have smoke detectors fitted in your home and test them every week
- If you know someone who struggles to test their smoke alarm, could you test it for them? You could save their life!
Prevention is at the heart of what we do. We continue to work with our partners to identify those most vulnerable to fire and provide education, advice and smoke alarms to reduce the likelihood and impact of fires in the home.
Click on the link to view our Safety Message - http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/safety-campaigns/safeguard-you-your-family-and-your-home
About this district
Kirklees is one of the largest metropolitan districts in England and Wales, with a population of 404,000 spread over an area of 157 square miles.
The area is a contrast between remote, rural areas and town centres. It includes a major motorway (M62) and rail network, together with risks such as Stendedge tunnel, three major hospitals and seven Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) sites.
Kirklees has a history of strong partnership work, which continues to go from strength to strength.
Size of Area 157 miles2
Fire stations in this district
Batley Fire Station, built in 1983, covers an area of approximately eight square miles, serving a population of 66,514 people. The station covers Batley, Hanging Heaton, Soothill, Staincliffe and H...
Cleckheaton Fire Station personnel strive to make Cleckheaton a safer place and reduce overall incidents by maintaining the ability to deal with fire and rescue when required. The area incorporates...
Dewsbury Fire Station, built in 1964, is located on Huddersfield Road on the outskirts of Dewsbury heading towards Huddersfield on the A644. The station has a number of fire engines and specialist ...
Built in 1867 on what was the Halfway House Colliery. The house was occupied by several families until it was taken over by West Riding Council in 1947, when the premises were put to use as a home...
Holmfirth Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre, being approximately 219 metres above sea level. The station is managed by a station commander who is...
Huddersfield Fire Station, built in 1960, sits on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public. There is a population of 119,239 and the area incorporates 52,000 dwellings. Pe...
Meltham Fire Station is situated five miles west of Huddersfield, has a population of approximately 8,000 with around 3,500. The village is approximately 250 metres above sea level. The fire statio...
Mirfield Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre. The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Batley fire station. The sta...
Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre. The station is approximately 200 metres above sea level. The station is managed by a station comm...
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 fir...