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Welcome to the Calderdale District Web Page. This area of the WYFRS website briefly describes how we are delivering services in the Borough of Calderdale. Our Ambition is to “Make West Yorkshire Safer” and setting challenging annual objectives help to underpin this. I am therefore pleased to present our most recent Action Plan which highlights the principal objectives for 2018/19.

Calderdale District Action Plan 2019/20

Your Fire and Rescue Service 2019-2022

Our priorities are to:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme 
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service
  • Provide a safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money

Our mantra of prevention is better than cure, it is at the heart of everything we do. We will therefore continue to manage risk in our diverse communities by working closely with our partners and local community groups. The District Team is therefore fully committed to supporting the wider Calderdale Community Safety Partnership (CSP) in making the Borough safer. The scope of this partnership covers crime, anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse, reducing re-offending and reducing the risk to vulnerable groups.

I am extremely proud to present this Action Plan at a time when dwelling fires and the incidence of arson are at their lowest ever level in Calderdale. While we celebrate this success there is no room for complacency.

In previous updates, I have signposted to the ongoing work to deliver a new style of home safety visit, called, “Safe and Well”. These visits support the “Making every contact count” whereby organisations use every opportunity to deliver advice aimed at improving health and wellbeing. Our home visits now help to promote healthier lifestyles while continuing to deliver  the traditional fire safety advice. The service is a real advancement for public safety, and working closely with partner organisations is making a real difference to the quality of life for members of our community. I am convinced that initiatives like this are contributing to the reducing number of dwelling fires and related injuries.

During July and August, our fire crews experienced some of the highest operational activity levels since 1995. The unusual period of hot weather led to a sharp increase in grass fires. Fortunately most of these incidents were minor in nature and the District did not suffer any significant moorland fires. We are now approaching another period of potentially high activity levels as we start to gear up ready for Bonfire Night. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service want everyone to enjoy the bonfire season. Sadly though, hundreds of people are injured by bonfires and fireworks every year. This is why we always encourage people to attend an organised bonfire display to minimise the risk to individuals and harm to the environment. This link is to a short video that provides top tips on how to enjoy Bonfire Night.

Finally, local firefighters will be supporting a number of campaigns over the next few months. One of these is to remind people to test their smoke alarms when the clocks go back when British Summer time ends at the end of October. You can help us by sharing this short video that promotes spending just a few moments to test your smoke alarm.

Please look out for us while we are campaigning and try to support the worthy causes.

Martyn Greenwood

Calderdale District Commander

About this district

Calderdale district covers an area of 140 square miles and has a population of around 200,100.

It contains large areas of open countryside and moorland, as well as several deprived areas. The district has some 4,000 listed buildings and the largest town, Halifax, still retains one of the most complete Victorian landscapes in Britain.

The district provides a water rescue capability where firefighters are specially trained to deal with flooding and rescuing people trapped in water. In addition, there is a wildfire unit with specially trained personnel who can deal with large scale moorland or grass fires.

Calderdale District

Population 200,000+

Size of Area 140 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Halifax fire station

Halifax

Halifax fire service personnel are committed to improving the service delivered to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. There is a population of 69,483 and the area…

External view of Illingworth fire station

Illingworth

Illingworth Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated to the north of Halifax. It covers a mainly residential area of 16,951 dwellings and has a population of 40,617. The team…

Mytholmroyd

Mytholmroyd fire station is located in the centre of the village which has a population of 12,123 and incorporates 5,449 dwellings. The station is managed by a station commander, who…

Rastrick

Rastrick fire station opened on 17 June 2015 and is situated to the south east of Halifax, approximately two miles from Brighouse and Elland.  The location provides a quick response…

External view of Todmorden fire station

Todmorden

Todmorden Fire Station, built in 1969, is positioned in the heart of the South Pennines moorland area.  It borders with both Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Greater Manchester Fire…

News

  • 18 Jul 2019

    Fire Service launches #BeMoorAware campaign after string of devastating wildfires

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has today launched a hard-hitting campaign to prevent moorland fires this summer – after a series of blazes in the first half of…

  • 18 Jun 2019

    Emergency Services Show comes back for 2019!

    On Saturday 13th July West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be welcoming back the Emergency Services Show at our headquarters in Birkenshaw, from 11.30am – 4.30pm. The fantastic…

  • 17 Jun 2019

    Committed staff recognised at our Long Service Awards

    Operational firefighters and fire and rescue service staff have been honoured for their dedication to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) at our Long Service Awards. A ceremony took…

  • 14 Jun 2019

    Water rescue? Call Fire and Rescue!

    Firefighters are urging the public to remember to ask for the fire service alongside paramedics if they see someone in trouble in water. Crews are reporting that precious minutes are…

  • 18 Apr 2019

    Six on-call firefighters among the latest new recruits to graduate!

    The latest group of new recruits have celebrated passing their training with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) with a special graduation ceremony today. The event at West Yorkshire…

  • 27 Feb 2018

    Fire Service issues safety advice as snow causes disruption across West Yorkshire

    As ‘The Beast from the East’ continues to cause disruption across the UK, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind everyone to stay safe during what promises to…

  • 02 Nov 2017

    Attacks on firefighters continue in lead up to bonfire weekend

    Fire Chiefs re-iterate their message not to attack firefighters after yet another incident where crews faced unacceptable behaviour in Halifax. Crews from Halifax Fire Station attended a fire in the…

  • 13 Oct 2017

    Fire Authority invests half a million pounds in flood response equipment

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) has invested over £500,000 in new power boats, flood response vehicles and protective kit to enhance West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s…

  • 06 Sep 2017

    Investigations continue following fatality

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  • 08 Feb 2016

    Be part of the action!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is now accepting applications for on-call firefighters to serve rural areas of the county. Firefighters are needed to work on a standby basis to…

  • 28 Jul 2015

    Rastrick Fire Station officially opened

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  • 16 Jul 2015

    ‘Cold Water Kills’ film reveals deadly dangers of swimming in reservoirs

    Since 2010 there have been around 20 deaths and 346 emergency rescues in the region’s waters A film that exposes the life threatening risks of swimming in reservoirs has been…

  • 21 May 2015

    Supermarket Joins With Firefighters To Support Dementia Cafe

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  • 14 May 2015

    Firefighters Back Dementia Friendly Todmorden

    Crews from Todmorden Fire Station were very pleased to be involved with the launch of Dementia Friendly Todmorden (DFT). The event, at Todmorden Town Hall, drew some high profile speakers…

  • 10 Apr 2015

    Stay Safe Around Open Water In Calderdale!

    Calderdale firefighters are supporting the national Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week beginning on Monday (April 13) in a bid raise awareness of the dangers posed by open water. In…

  • 26 Mar 2015

    Pensioner Thanks Firefighters For Coming To His Rescue After He Fell In The Road

    Geoffrey Whiteley popped into Illingworth Fire Station this week to thank firefighters for coming to his aid after a nasty trip in Keighley Road earlier in the month. Firefighters from…

  • 06 Mar 2015

    Rastrick Update

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  • 04 Feb 2015

    Rastrick Update

    The building is now looking like a fire station!  The new training tower can be seen in the background and the engine bay doors are now fitted to the front…

  • 15 Jan 2015

    Rastrick Update

    There is now a great deal of activity on the site, following the Christmas break. Internally the plastering and painting has begun, floor coverings are been applied to some areas…

  • 11 Dec 2014

    Rastrick Update

    The roofing work is now complete, meaning most of the scaffold surrounding the building has been removed and external doors and windows have now been fitted. After the Christmas break,…

  • 17 Nov 2014

    Rastrick Update

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  • 22 Oct 2014

    Rastrick Update

    Roofing work should be completed by the end of October. Work on the external walls of the building has begun and road works external to the site will begin shortly…

  • 23 Sep 2014

    Rastrick Update

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  • 02 Sep 2014

    Rastrick Update

    The steel frame of the building is now complete and the pre cast staircase to the first floor is in place.  Blockwork is now being laid and work on the…

  • 05 Aug 2014

    Firefighters support dementia group

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  • 01 Aug 2014

    Rastrick Update

    The steel frame of the building is now being assembled and the construction continues to progress on schedule.  There will be less lorry movements from the site now, and we…

  • 03 Jul 2014

    Rastrick Update

    The foundation works are now complete and ready for the steelwork.

  • 03 Jul 2014

    Rastrick Update

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  • 21 Jun 2014

    Rastrick Update

    Contractors have now been on site three weeks and ground works are progressing well.  Activity on site will increase as works continue to move forward.

  • 21 May 2014

    Rastrick Update

    Contractors began ground works on 27th May.  Over the coming weeks activity on site will increase as the project moves forward.  

  • 21 May 2014

    Rastrick Update

    Activity on site will start to pick up from this week. The site has now been pegged out and fenced off in preparation for the plant machinery to commence the…

  • 19 May 2014

    Fundraising Firefighter wins Award!

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  • 16 Apr 2014

    Rastrick Update

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  • 03 Apr 2014

    Letter to local Rastrick Residents

    Letter of introduction from the appointed building contractors, Interserve Construction Limited Interserve Letter to Rastrick Residents

  • 03 Dec 2013

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