The people of Leeds 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.
Leeds Risk Reduction Plan 2014-15 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2014-15
Our priorities are:
to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection programme. In simple terms, we want to prevent fires occurring in the first place. To date, our actions have been extremely successful in this area and we have saved lives. We intend to work with partner agencies and target those most at risk to continue this programme
to deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service
to provide a safe, competent and diverse workforce
to provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money in managing resources.
What's happening in the Leeds District
March 31st Saw the Start of Command Leadership & Management Trial.
Leeds District has been Piloting the Command Leadership and Functional Management trial. This has seen both Assistant District Commanders and Watch Managers at various stations across the district trialling new methods of working whilst maintaining high standards and making efficiency savings across the District. The trial is scheduled to run until mid-2015 when it will be fully evaluated.
Cold Cut Cobra trial to be held in May.
Since spring 2014 Leeds District has been working in conjunction with Leeds City Council to provide venues incorporating a live fire scenario to trial Cold Cut Cobra. The new equipment is now fully operational and based at Gipton Station it offers real safety benefits for both public and fire-fighters.
Private Rented Sector Project:
Leeds District is working in partnership with LCC to address fire risk within private rented accommodation. We have two members of prevention staff dedicated to working within Leeds City Council Housing Standards Department to target private rented accommodation. Furthermore, in partnership with WYFRS, Leeds City Council have been awarded funding from DCLG use full title to target private rented flats above commercial premises in three areas of the city.
Training External Front Line Staff to Improve Partnerships
Leeds district Prevention staff have delivered hazard spotting and home fire safety check awareness training to over four hundred front line staff from a range of services in Leeds. We are currently exploring innovative ways of training key front line staff; in addition we are now able to provide a bespoke training package that can be delivered by agencies direct to their own staff.
Leeds District Second WYFRS Staff
In an innovative move Leeds District have seconded two Watch Managers from WYFRS, one has recently joined Leeds City Council in Adult Social Care and the other has moved in to the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. We aim to raise the “fire agenda” from within these organisations and ultimately effectively support and assist those at risk living within our communities. This new fully joined up approach will ensure we are supporting those at the greatest risk.
If you have concerns about fire safety in your home, WYFRS fire-fighters can carry out a free home fire safety check in your home. Crews will advise you on fire safety, the type, number 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!
Click on the link to view our Safety Message - http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/safety-campaigns/safeguard-you-your-family-and-your-home