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  • 31 Jan 2016

    More change, a mill fire, and mental health

    Author: Dave Walton

    There have been two main talking points this week that I’ll blog about. One is a national issue and one is a West Yorkshire issue. I’ll also write a little…

  • 13 Jan 2016

    My first blog of 2016

    Author: Dave Walton

    It was an unusual first working week of 2016 to say the least. You’ll have noticed that I haven’t blogged for a few weeks. This is partly due to the…

  • 20 Dec 2015

    A Christmas blog

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’m going to start my Christmas blog with an admission of festive failure. I wanted to emulate the fantastic blog written by fellow emergency service blogger John Sutherland (aka @PoliceCommander)…

  • 06 Dec 2015

    FRS National Resilience

    Author: Dave Walton

    If you could have planned a week to make sure that we were focussed on the role of FRS National Resilience in our national planning and response arrangements then it…

  • 02 Dec 2015

    Focussing on OUR people

    Author: Dave Walton

    I am writing this blog very much with our own staff in West Yorkshire in mind. That said, I acknowledge that people from other FRS, other agencies and many other…

  • 22 Nov 2015

    A BIG week for the UK Fire & Rescue Service

    Author: Dave Walton

    I don’t know about you, but for me there is a sense of foreboding in the air this week. I wouldn’t want to over egg it, but this week has…

  • 15 Nov 2015

    Paris – 13 November 2015

    Author: Dave Walton

    I dedicate this blog to the memory of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on Paris on Friday 13 November 2015. I hope for the speedy and…

  • 02 Nov 2015

    Fire Protection – learning from history to make the future safer

    Author: Dave Walton

    On Friday of last week the Community Safety Committee of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority met for its quarterly meeting. Members of the committee considered a range of reports…

  • 20 Oct 2015

    Mental Health – an issue for everyone

    Author: Dave Walton

    I’d written much of this particular blog over the weekend prior to the time when I found out about the tragic death of Crew Manager Lee Gaunt at Stalybridge Fire…

  • 12 Oct 2015

    Operational excellence in BA

    Author: Dave Walton

    I was back on the fireground at the Fire Service College at Moreton in Marsh early this Saturday morning. The college was the venue for the National BA Competition, and…