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 2018-19
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2018-19
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 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.
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.
Size of Area 140 miles2
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