14 Feb 2019
An on-call firefighter might be dashing away from his candlelit meal this February 14th – but his wife understands it’s all for the love of his community! Adrian Valentine –…
08 Feb 2019
A business owner is encouraging other people to train up as an on-call firefighter to help protect their local communities in West Yorkshire. Callum White owns a fitness studio near…
04 Feb 2019
Scientists present their work at the UK Association of Fire Investigators conference New research carried out by forensic scientists at Anglia Ruskin University has shown that commonly-used emollients can pose…
29 Jan 2019
A firefighter is encouraging others to train up as on-call firefighters, who play a vital role in their local communities. Danielle Whitham lives within five minutes of her local fire…
25 Jan 2019
Chief Fire Officer John Roberts presented Huddersfield and Kirklees district personnel with a Chief Fire Officer’s Letter of Appreciation in recognition of their efforts in raising an accumulative total of…
25 Jan 2019
Yorkshire Cancer Research has teamed up with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) to help people across the region quit smoking. Firefighters carrying out home visits will receive video…
14 Jan 2019
Since starting in April 2017 the new Safe and Well home visit programme has reached out to 24,062 people whose lifestyle factors or demographic puts them at higher risk of…
07 Jan 2019
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is conducting investigations into the causes of the fires, which happened on Friday and Saturday, however, all are believed to be accidental. Fire…
21 Dec 2018
A crew from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have clubbed together to support a family after a devastating fire took hold in their home, killing their beloved pet dog,…
19 Dec 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is welcoming calls from a regulatory body to put clearer warnings on packaging of emollient creams. These creams, lotions and ointments are moisturisers…
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Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre which is approximately 200 metres above sea level. The station covers the area south of Huddersfield and is approximately 31 square miles which includes Skelmanthorpe, Denby Dale, Upper and Lower Cumberworth, Upper and Lower Denby, Emley, Scissett, Shelley, Clayton West, Shepley, Kirkburton and High Burton.
The station serves a population of approximately 31,500 with around 13,000 dwellings and borders with Mirfield, Huddersfield and Holmfirth Fire Stations along with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Holmfirth and Meltham and is staffed by a full time local retained support officer and retained firefighters who operate the ‘on call’ retained duty system.
Recognition of support
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to local employers who release their staff to serve the community as `on-call` firefighters.
Also known as RDS (Retained Duty System) firefighters, on-call firefighters are not based in fire stations. Instead, they are on standby, waiting to be called out by pager. They may be at home, working for themselves or working for a company which allows them to leave work to attend emergency calls.
Like their full time colleagues, on-call firefighters are trained and equipped to deal with a wide range of incidents and situations. These include property fires, road traffic collisions, chemical spillages, animal rescues, flood and storm damage.
We appreciate the goodwill of such employers which enables our ‘on-call’ fire and rescue capabilities to be available in parts of West Yorkshire. Employers allow on-call firefighters, who live or work within five minutes of their local fire station, to leave work at a moment’s notice when their pager alerts them to an emergency in their community.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank the following employers for releasing individuals to enable them to be ‘on-call’ firefighters for Skelmanthorpe fire station:
- JSC Construction
- A V Motors
- Royal Mail
- MTR Windows
For further information regarding becoming an on-call firefighter, visit the following link
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