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Festive party-goers in Leeds targeted in national Don’t Drink and Drown campaign

Festive revellers in Leeds are being warned to act responsibly near water during their night out, as part of a national charity’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign.

The campaign, run by the UK’s drowning prevention charity the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK), urges people not to walk home near bodies of water after they have been drinking.

The Canal and River Trust has pledged its support to the campaign and will be hosting a Facebook Live event at Aire Bar with RLSS UK and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on Wednesday 6 December from 5pm to 6pm to warn people about the dangers of walking home near water after a night out drinking.

Last year 20 per cent of all adult accidental drowning victims in the UK had alcohol in their bloodstream*. Latest statistics reveal that 26 people drowned in Leeds in the last five years, and four were found to have had alcohol or drugs in their system.

Tom Wright from Canal and River Trust said: “Having a few festive drinks in one of the great waterside bars and pubs in Leeds is a great way to celebrate Christmas cheer.  But when you’re on your way home in the dark, please take extra care.  If you and your friends have had a few drinks, don’t walk home by water, find another route home. The Canal & River Trust is really pleased to support RLSS UK with its Don’t Drink and Drown campaign and its important message – look out for your friends and find another route home.”

District Commander for Leeds at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Russ Hepton, said: “The Fire Service is called upon year-round to carry out water rescues and the centre of Leeds is an area where we often see people getting into trouble in the River Aire.

“We have recently been working with partners to install throwlines along the bankside for members of the public to use should they come across someone stricken in the water.”

Aaron Dhanda, RLSS UK Community Drowning Prevention Coordinator for the Leeds area, said: “People tragically die each year because they’ve entered the water with alcohol in their bloodstream, either deliberately or completely by accident. Drinking near or in water can be a dangerous and deadly cocktail. Alcohol can seriously impede your ability to survive in water.

“When walking home from a night out, avoid routes that are alongside water, particularly in the darkness, and always stay with and look out for your friends.”

“We want everyone to have a great time this Christmas and our Don’t Drink and Drown campaign gives essential advice to party-goers to make sure they know how to stay safe when they’re out celebrating.”

Stay Safe this Christmas:

  • Don’t walk home near water, you might fall in
  • Look out for your friends, make sure they get home safely
  • Don’t enter the water if you have been drinking
  • Alcohol seriously affects your ability to get yourself out of trouble

Don’t Drink and Drown was launched in 2014 following a string of tragic drownings of young people. Research indicated that around a quarter of all adult drowning victims have alcohol in their bloodstream and RLSS UK were keen to prevent more tragedies by providing a strategic approach in hot spot areas.

The campaign has two targeted time frames where RLSS UK and supporters push messaging through events and social media. These are September (at the start of the new university term) and December (during the festive period).

For more information on RLSS UK’s Don’t Drink and Drown campaign –

Visit our website at www.rlss.org.uk

Follow us on Twitter – @RLSSUK

Follow the campaign – #DontDrinkandDrown

Visit our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/RLSSUK

Call – 0300 3230 096

 

*National Water Safety Forum Water Incident Database (WAID) of which RLSS UK is a member. Data is used from 2012-2016, including accidental and natural cause records only. Adults aged 18 years+. Alcohol records are suspected or confirmed cased, based upon Coroners and emergency service records, court records.

Fire service ‘build’ new partnership with Yorkshire Housing

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has signed another Primary Authority Scheme (PAS) partnership, this time with Yorkshire Housing.

Representatives from Yorkshire Housing travelled to fire service HQ in Birkenshaw on Tuesday 28 November to seal the deal.

The Primary Authority Scheme partnership, also available to other organisations, will see brigade experts providing Yorkshire Housing with fire safety advice which the company can then adopt across the region.

Consistency is at the heart of The Primary Authority Scheme (PAS), which allows the emergency services and the business world to come together to implement best practice across the board.

The PAS partnership ensures that fire safety policy is consistent across companies and streamlines compliance management.

Yorkshire Housing has more than 18,000 homes in management across Yorkshire, and provides a range of services so that people can live independently.

Fire Protection Inspector and Business Support Officer Mark Nuttall said: “It’s fantastic that we have another prestigious company such as Yorkshire Housing signed on to the scheme and making a commitment to fire safety.

“We are looking forward to working together in the future.”

Yorkshire Housing Property Compliance Manager Michael Buckley said: “We’re committed to providing all our staff and customers with safe places to work and live. Our partnership with WYFRS will give us the assurance to receive the very best fire safety advice and help from the experts.

“As we cover a number of local council and fire authority areas, we will receive consistent regulatory advice.  Having a single point of contact with someone familiar with our business will reduce the risk of non-compliance.”

The creation of this new partnership has the backing of statutory governance from the Better Regulation Delivery Office.

 

 

L-R Top:Communications Officer Adrian Capon (Yorkshire Housing) , Business Support Officer Mark Nuttall (WYFRS), Richard Sladdin Fire Safety Surveyor (Yorkshire Housing) Bottom: Fire Protection Manager Chris Kemp (WYFRS), Property Compliance Manager Michael Buckley (Yorkshire Housing)

 

WYFRS Fire Protection Manager, Chris Kemp and Yorkshire Housing Property Compliance Manager, Michael Buckley

 

 

Kirklees Students attend partnership event as part of Road Safety Week

The Safer Kirklees partnership hosted a road safety event for Kirklees students as part of National Road Safety Week.

The event, which ran today (24/11), saw students from local colleges and sixth-form school across Kirklees attend a number of interactive presentations from partner agencies including West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police, the Ambulance Service and national road safety charity Brake who are based in Huddersfield.

The initiative was held at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield and was funded by a £2750 grant from the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, Mark Burns-Williamson’s Safer Communities Fund.

National Road Safety Week runs from Monday 20 November to Sunday 26 November and looks to raise awareness of the safe and responsible use of roads with a particular focus this year on speed.

Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I was very pleased to give a grant to enable this road safety partnership event to go ahead. Young people are a really important audience and with their help we can make a positive difference on our roads now and in the future.

“Improving road safety can only be effective when we work together in partnership to educate and raise awareness. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police, the Ambulance Service and Brake all have key messages and roles to play in ensuring our roads are safe for everyone which I know is a key priority for many in our communities.”

Station Commander, Dale Gardiner or West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The aim of the roadshow is to spearhead significant and sustained reduction in death and serious injury on roads across Kirklees. Traditionally we have visited students in schools to deliver road safety messages.

“This roadshow allows ourselves and partners to work together on delivering one message in keeping drivers and passengers safer in Kirklees. We all have a responsibility to keep our roads safe, and therefore the more drivers we educate the safer Kirklees will become.

“We are continually looking at ways of engaging with students regarding road safety and this inaugural event is a great way of educating students on the benefit of road safety. We hope this will become an annual event for not just us and our partners but for the educational facilities across the District.”

Sergeant Paul James, of Huddersfield NPT, said: “I hope the students enjoyed the session today with all of our partner agencies and hope that it will make them think about their safety on the roads and of others.

“It is always extremely difficult for us as police officers to attend scenes where people have been seriously injured or killed, especially when the victims are young people.

“We are continually raising awareness as a police Force of the Fatal 4 dangers on the roads, which in drink or drug driving, speeding, mobile phone use and not wearing a seat belt.

“Early intervention and education are the most effective ways of changing attitudes and ultimately reducing the chances of these young adults being involved in a fatal or serious injury collision in the future.”

Councillor Shabir Pandor, deputy leader of Kirklees Council, said: “As our young people begin start learning to drive it is really important that they understand how to stay safe on the roads, and that driving fast can cost lives – sessions like this one really help to get the message home and will hopefully reduce the likelihood of anyone being involved in an road traffic incident in future.”

Dave Nichols, community engagement manager for Brake, said: “We’re delighted Safer Kirklees, with support from Mark Burns-Williamson, has got involved with Road Safety Week and strengthened Brake’s campaign for safer roads. As a Huddersfield-based global charity it is always great to have activities happening here on our doorstep, which supports the message that has been shared by communities across the UK this week. We all live busy lives and there is a temptation to speed up in the hope of saving time, where in fact we could be costing lives. That is why we are encouraging everyone in Kirklees, especially young people, to raise awareness about the important message of Speed Down Save Lives.”

Fire service join appeal to help vulnerable kids this Christmas

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are working together with Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids for the third year running to support the largest annual Christmas toy appeal in the UK, Mission Christmas.

The appeal is asking the general public to donate brand new, unwrapped gifts for children aged 0-18.

The gifts will then be redistributed to disadvantaged local children throughout West Yorkshire to make their Christmas morning special.

In 2016 they raised over £1.25 million in gifts and cash and made Christmas special for over 23,300 local children, and we want to help them do even more this year.

WYFRS will be offering a number of fire stations to act as drop off points for these gifts between the hours of 12pm – 2pm, and 5pm – 7pm each day.

Gifts must be unwrapped and in original packaging and we ask that members of the public do not leave any items outside the fire station if no-one is available to accept them.

Stations taking part are:

Bradford District:         Bradford, Keighley, Shipley, Bingley

Leeds District:             Leeds, Killingbeck, Moortown, Hunslet, Garforth

Kirklees:                       Huddersfield, Cleckheaton, Dewsbury

Wakefield District:       Wakefield, Castleford

 

Charity Fundraising Executive Lauren Scarth said: “Last year was an amazing year and I want to thank the public for their support.

“This year we expect to receive a record number of applications and want to be able to help over 23,500 children. We can only do this with the generosity of our supporters and listeners of Radio Aire.

“We would like to say big thanks to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for their continued support. It’s heart-breaking to think that there are children in our area at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day but together we can make sure Christmas is magical for all children living in West Yorkshire”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Dave Walton, said:  “Mission Christmas managed to help so many children in 2016. It’s wonderful to be a part of this heart-warming appeal for the third year running.

“Mission Christmas makes such a difference to those children who are at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day. We would encourage the people of West Yorkshire to buy just one extra present if they can manage it this Christmas and drop it off at one of our fire stations, where we will look after it before the gifts are collected by Father Christmas and his helpers!”

https://planetradio.co.uk/aire/charity/events/aire-mission-christmas/

Radio Aire Mission for Christmas with Toy’s from Cleckheaton Green Watch STN O Ronnie Goldwater, Steve Ockerby , Zakir Khan and DCFO Dave Walton R Aire staff Alison Shillito Jackie Brooke William Halligan.

Ground-breaking regional emergency and health service collaboration to improve quality of life in communities

Emergency services from the four corners of Yorkshire and the Humber, along with NHS England and Public Health England, have pledged to work even closer together for the benefit of the health and wellbeing of people across our region.

Launched today (Tuesday 21 November 2017), the Yorkshire and Humber Emergency Services Prevention and Early Intervention Consensus Statement has been co-ordinated by Public Health England.

Police, ambulance and fire and rescue services share a long history of effective collaborative working and the signing of a consensus to extend this partnership approach is the first regional agreement in the country.

With demand for health and social care rising, the main focus of the services is to use joint intelligence and skills to support communities with ill-health prevention and early intervention where problems are identified.

This includes greater sharing and development of referral pathways into key services such as falls prevention and support for mental health, alcohol and drug problems, advice to keep homes warm and social support to combat loneliness and isolation.

The Yorkshire and Humber Emergency Services Prevention and Early Intervention Consensus involves:

  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Humberside Fire & Rescue Service
  • Humberside Police
  • Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner
  • North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • South Yorkshire Police
  • South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • British Transport Police
  • NHS England
  • Public Health England Yorkshire & Humber

Emergency services’ staff come into contact with vulnerable people every day and see health inequalities and social challenges first-hand. By tackling these risks jointly and more effectively, the main aim is to improve the quality of life for individuals and ultimately reduce demand on the busy emergency services.

Area Manager for Fire Safety, Chris Kirby, said: “WYFRS is recognised by many as providing an excellent service to the community and has contributed to large reductions in fires and fire related injuries and fatalities over the years and now this experience of prevention work can be put to good use to support a wider health agenda.

“The factors that make people vulnerable to fire are often health and lifestyle vulnerabilities such as living alone, poor mobility (which can compromise escape), drug and alcohol misuse, mental health and poor household conditions such as hoarding. These are the types of lifestyles and risk factors that are too often present when we attend fatal house fires. To be able to provide support through basic advice or signpost vulnerable people to other agencies will allow WYFRS to further improve its early intervention and prevention service to best support those in society who are most vulnerable.”

Frances Cunning, from PHE in Yorkshire and the Humber added: “Saving people’s lives is what our emergency services do, day-in, day-out. They come into contact with many of the most vulnerable people in our communities and are perfectly placed to spot the dangers facing them.

“They are now bringing this experience to bear more widely, to support the health and well-being of vulnerable people across Yorkshire and the Humber and this formal agreement will help us to strengthen and develop this work, learning from each other.”

Blue light services and health partners met in Leeds on 21 November to launch this commitment, showcasing collaborative work that has already developed across the region and outlining future opportunities for closer working between.

 

Bonfire weekend festivities hampered by attacks on fire crews

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to thank everyone for what was on the whole, an enjoyable bonfire weekend.

However, the weekend’s festivities were hampered by the acts of a few who chose to attack firefighters
as they worked to keep West Yorkshire safe.

Despite experiencing a relatively calm Friday and Saturday night, crews came under sustained attack on Bonfire Night itself with 15 reported across West Yorkshire.

Bonfire Night saw our control room receive over 1000 calls and crews attend around 280 incidents, with over 100 of those being bonfire related.

Over the whole of Bonfire weekend WYFRS experienced 18 reported attacks.

Whilst some attacks were aimed at firefighters in fire engines, other attacks were directed towards ‘fire cars’ which are police vehicles containing a co-responding police officer and fire officer.

The attacks have come despite a stark warning from fire chiefs in the run-up to bonfire that it would be only a matter of time before a firefighter is seriously injured.

Halifax MP Holly Lynch, Bradford South MP Judith Cummins and Chair of the Fire Authority Cllr Judith Hughes spent Saturday night with crews to see for themselves what they go through.

For the Halifax MP her experiences will help shape the The ‘Protect The Protectors’ which will create a new offence of assaulting an emergency service worker.

 

Meanwhile, MP Judith Cummins saw for herself the challenges the Fire Service faces after attending a bonfire with crews on Saturday evening (04/11/17)  where a firework was set off in the direction of the crew.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “It is only through good fortune that we have not had a firefighter injured by this incredibly foolish behaviour on what has been a very busy night for us.

“We hope that by raising public awareness of these attacks we will see a public stance against attacks on firefighters and a change in legislation which will help safeguard our crews in the future.

“We very much appreciate the backing of our local MPs who have seen first-hand what we face and are appalled by it, as we expect the vast majority of people are. Our firefighters did not join the job for this.”

Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain, said: “I’d like to extend my thanks to the communities of West Yorkshire for working with ourselves and colleagues at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to ensure a largely safe and enjoyable Bonfire weekend.

“Thousands of people enjoyed the organised firework displays taking place at venues across the county and many others celebrated with smaller events at home with friends and family.

“Unfortunately, there were a small minority who put themselves and others at risk by misusing fireworks and using the season’s festivities as a backdrop for mindless anti-social behaviour and violence.

“Over the weekend, we had reports of fireworks being directed at moving vehicles, properties and emergency service crews. Many of the people doing this wouldn’t arm themselves with a knife or a gun, but don’t realise that using a firework as a weapon isn’t mischievous, it is highly dangerous.

“On Sunday evening several police vehicles were also damaged with stones and missiles.  These vehicles are used to patrol in communities and respond to emergency calls from people when they are most in need, and they will now be off the road for repair.

“This will result in the actions of a mindless few denying their fellow residents the use of police resources intended to keep them safe.

“We have a number of investigations underway in to these attacks and offences including criminal damage, arson and assault.  We would urge anyone who witnessed any anti-social behaviour or offences over this period to please call West Yorkshire Police on 101 or report it online via our website.”

 

Overview of Bonfire Weekend

 

Friday 3rd November 2017

Calls to Bonfires attended               16
Total incidents attended                  124
Total calls into control                     702

No Reports of attacks on firefighters

Saturday 4th November 2017

Calls to bonfires attended               49
Total incidents attended                  165
Total calls into control                     741

3 reports of attacks on firefighters & police

Bradford

Two reports of attacks including:

Fire car in which MP Judith Cummins was travelling attended an incident in Bradford where crews and the MP came under attack.  They were fired at with fireworks by a group of up to 30 people.

Attack on a firefighter in Bradford

 

Calderdale

One report of attack on appliance returning into Halifax station

 

Sunday 5th November 2017

Calls to bonfires attended               103
Total incidents attended                  322
Total calls into control                     1147

15 reports of attacks on firefighters and police

Leeds
Three reported attacks with bricks thrown at a fire car and crews attacked with fireworks

Bradford

Nine attacks from early evening including fire cars and crews attacked with fireworks, bricks and a wheelie bin thrown at fire appliance.

 

Calderdale

Two reported attacks including a group of 50 throwing fireworks at fire engine in Halifax.
Huddersfield

One reported attack of fireworks thrown at crews.

MPs join Fire Service to see first hand what a busy bonfire weekend is like for crews

Halifax MP Holly Lynch, Bradford MP Judith Cummins and Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Judith Hughes joined West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service(WYFRS) crews last night to experience life as a firefighter on a busy bonfire weekend night.

Fire Chiefs described the evening as ‘busy but quieter than last year’ and called for a safe and enjoyable Bonfire Night tonight.

On Saturday evening crews came under attack twice in the Bradford area and once whilst an engine was returning to Halifax fire station.

Already this evening (05/11/17) there has been one attack on crews who have had fireworks thrown at them in the Bradford area.

The Control room has been very busy since 4pm (05/11/17) dealing with minor bonfire-related incidents.

The Fire Service is keen to encourage people to enjoy the evening safely and will only extinguish a bonfire if it is out of control and/or posing a danger to life or property.

MP Holly Lynch said: “Last night I witnessed first- hand incredible partnership working from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police, which has ensured our communities could enjoy themselves, and stay safe over bonfire weekend.

“However it was disappointing that once again, crews in West Yorkshire were subject to attacks and had fireworks thrown at them whilst they were trying to do their jobs.

“The ‘Protect The Protectors’ bill will create a new offence of assaulting an emergency service worker to send a strong message that it is absolutely unacceptable to assault our 999 responders.

“The new law is currently progressing through the House of Commons and my experiences last night will help shape it to make sure that it provides all the necessary protections firefighters require to stay safe whilst doing their jobs.”

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton added: “We are pleased to report that whilst busy, we experienced a quieter night on Saturday than last year. Notwithstanding this, our crews came under attack from a minority of mindless idiots on two occasions in the Bradford area and once as they returned to Halifax fire station. Fortunately none of these incidents resulted in injury.

“As Bonfire Night itself commences we have seen already one attack on our crews and we urge people to think twice about this reckless behaviour.

“Our plea to everyone is to respect our staff, and to have a safe, and enjoyable, evening.”

You can follow our safety messages on Twitter @WYFRS using #WYBonfire or follow our campaign against attacks on firefighters by following #MoreThanAUniform

www.westyorksfire.gov.uk

 

 

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 open in the Park Ward shortly after 1720 hrs yesterday (Nov 1).

They were faced with a group of around 20 youths.

The Watch Manager assessed that the fire was not at risk of spreading to property and the crews retreated to avoid any hostility towards them.

The fire was allowed to burn out.

As they left the area missiles were thrown at the fire engine. Fortunately no-one was harmed.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “We are now facing a very busy weekend and we want every single one of our firefighters to get through the weekend unharmed.

“We are deeply saddened that some people see our crews as a target when they are simply trying to help people.

“Underneath the uniform, our firefighters are people and they are just as susceptible to injury as anyone else. We will not tolerate this kind of aggression towards our crews and will be working closely with West Yorkshire Police this weekend. We strongly deter people from getting involved in this madness.”

Chief Superintendent Mabs Hussain of West Yorkshire Police, said:“We work very closely with our partners in the other emergency services to ensure they can perform their vital work in our communities without fear of attack.

“Any attacks on those who perform such a vital service in their community is disappointing and unacceptable and we have plans in place to deal with this poor behaviour. These attacks can increase during the period around Bonfire Night and we have plans in place with partners and increased the number of officers available across each policing district who will be focused on this specific operation and will complement our usual policing responsibilities.

“When such behaviour is reported to us we will take action but I would also call on members of the community who see this sort of behaviour to not only let us know about it but to also pass on information about who is doing it.”

WYFRS has launched a campaign against attacks on firefighters called More Than A Unform. For more
visit @WYFRS
www.westyorksfire.gov.uk

Fire service duo picked to play for England in Rugby World Cup

Firefighter Sarah Dunn and emergency control operator Kirsty Moroney will be flying the flag for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) at the Women’s Rugby League World Cup in Australia this month.

Sarah, who is originally from Chester-le-Street but now lives in Leeds, plays for Women’s Super League runners-up Featherstone Rovers. It will be her first Rugby League World Cup, having only started playing the sport four years ago. She said: “It’s quite surreal. I never thought it would happen, so I’m just so excited to get out there.”

Having joined WYFRS as a firefighter in 2003, Sarah has served at stations around Leeds district. She previously played football, but was spotted by the women’s rugby league national development squad four years ago and has not looked back. She plays centre.

Kirsty, from Halifax, has been playing rugby league for 20 years and is Captain of the Women’s Super League winning team, Bradford Bulls. She plays at scrum-half and is a seasoned World Cup professional, having played in the previous two Women’s Rugby League World Cups. She has worked in the brigade control room for two years and previously worked in the fitness industry.

Kirsty said: “Even though I know what to expect, I am still extremely proud to play for my country. I am a little nervous, as I don’t think any of us are prepared for just how big the tournament is going to be.”

Sarah added that she felt being a firefighter had many similarities with playing rugby. “There are many benefits to being a firefighter which tie in with rugby. You have to work as a close-knit member of a team to succeed.” She also said she hoped a good England performance would give the sport of women’s rugby league a well-deserved boost.

England will play their pool games at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney, against Papua New Guinea Orchids on 16 November, Australia Jillaroos on 19 November and The Cook Islands on 22 November.

The semi-finals will take place on 26 November and the final will be played before the men’s final at Brisbane Stadium on 2 December.

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters come under attack on Halloween despite calls for an end to dangerous behaviour

Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) endured an evening of being attacked by fireworks and stones this Halloween.

Throughout the evening crews came under attack on six occasions, and whilst fortunately no-one has been injured, damage was caused to a fire engine.

Last week WYFRS launched a campaign called More Than A Uniform which condemns attacks on firefighters and Fire Chiefs have expressed concern that their stark warnings appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said: “Yesterday was an incredibly busy day for the Fire Service with over 600 calls coming into our Control Room and of those over 125 incidents were attended.

“Whilst our firefighters were trying to carry out a job and protect the community, they also came under attack, which in our eyes is disgusting.

“The fact that it was Halloween does not excuse dangerous behaviour which could ultimately result in serious injury.

“We are now in the run up to Bonfire Night and we urge communities to spread our message that this must stop now.”

The More Than A Uniform Campaign highlights the fact that firefighters are sons, daughters, are often mums and dads, husbands and wives – not just people in uniforms.

Incidents last night (31/10/17) where crews came under attack:

In Calderdale

Fireworks were thrown at a moving fire engine on two separate occasions last night in the Park Ward of Halifax – once at 1920 hrs and again at 1945 hrs.

District Commander for Calderdale Martyn Greenwood said: “Fortunately nobody was injured, however these types of attacks present a real danger to road users and could easily cause a serious accident.

“Earlier this month, fire crews also had fireworks thrown at them while dealing with another incident located in the same area.

“I am saddened by these reckless attacks which threaten the safety of our local fire crews, particularly around the bonfire night season.”

Bradford

At around 17.45 hrs stones were thrown at crews attending an incident near Undercliffe Cemetery. Crews could hear stones bouncing off the fire engine. Police attended the incident.

District Commander for Bradford Martin Speed said: “We are doing a great deal of work with our colleagues at Bradford Council and West Yorkshire Police to try to ensure that everyone can enjoy a safe and fun Bonfire Night. Attacks of this kind, carried out against firefighters just doing their job, can affect the safety of the very communities in which the attacks are carried out by causing our response into those communities to be delayed.”

Leeds

Fire crews working out of Killingbeck and Leeds (Kirkstall Road) stations last night came under attack from people in the Harehills and Hyde Park areas of the city, stones and fireworks were deliberately aimed at crews and their fire engines.

The first attack was against Killingbeck station’s crew at 1908 hrs and involved crews having bricks thrown at them whilst attending a bin fire in Harehills area.

The second incident at 1918 hrs was against Leeds station’s crew who were responding to a fire in the open where approximately 30 people were throwing fireworks in Hyde Park area.

The final incident at 2110 hrs was once again against Leeds station crew who were in the Hyde Park area where both the crew and fire engine was hit by fireworks. No injuries to crew members but scorch marks and small dents to fire engine.

District Commander for Leeds, Russ Hepton said: “These senseless attacks will inevitably lead to a member of the Fire Service being seriously injured whilst simply endeavouring to save life and protect their local communities.  I would appeal for parents in these communities to ensure their loved ones are not involved in this criminal, anti-social behaviour.

“The Fire Service will actively seek to identify and prosecute any member of the general public that assaults frontline crews. Our staff are there to protect your communities, please treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve.

“All we want is for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable bonfire period.”

Please support our #MoreThanAUniform Campaign via Twitter @WYFRS or on our Facebook page.