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  • 05 Mar 2017

    My Mum – #SheInspiresMe

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’m a little early in publishing this blog inspired by International Women’s Day (IWD) which is on Wednesday 8th March this year. I’m on leave for the week and whilst…

  • 13 Feb 2017

    In celebration of LGBT History Month 2017

    Author: Dave Walton

    You may have seen a tweet that I posted last week that celebrated the good work that we have been doing in raising the profile of some of our work…

  • 02 Feb 2017

    Time to Talk

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’ve slipped out of the blogging habit of late, and I’m going to try and put that right. There are numerous reasons (or excuses), but the bottom line is that…

  • 07 Jul 2016

    Our Local Resilience Forum

    Author: Dave Walton

    I chaired a meeting of the West Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum today at our HQ. It struck me as I was listening to the various contributions that not many people will…

  • 08 Jun 2016

    The month of Ramadan

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’m sure that you may well be aware that we have just entered the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It is an important time of year for many of our…

  • 25 May 2016

    Fire Reform

    Author: Dave Walton

    You are probably aware by now that the Home Secretary gave a speech on the subject of ‘Fire Reform’ on Tuesday 24 May 2016. The speech is much awaited and…

  • 22 May 2016

    Health & Safety in our service

    Author: Dave Walton

    A couple of months ago I attended a course designed for managers, delivered by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, and entitled ‘Leading Safely’. The course gave us an…

  • 03 May 2016

    Green shoots of new ideas

    Author: Dave Walton

    It has been pointed out to me that I haven’t blogged for a while – its a fair point, and I’m sorry about that. The truth is that I had…

  • 13 Mar 2016

    Women in the Fire & Rescue Service

    Author: Dave Walton

    If you hadn’t noticed, this week marked International Women’s Day 2016 (8 March). The campaign theme this year was #PledgeForParity, a call to speed up progress towards gender parity. It…

  • 21 Feb 2016

    Emergency First Responding – a new challenge

    Author: Dave Walton

    This week will see the launch of the West Yorkshire FRS and Yorkshire Ambulance Service partnership scheme to deliver Emergency First Responding (EFR) in some of our more rural areas….