16 Feb 2018
Councillors have agreed a small increase in the charge for fire and rescue services in West Yorkshire. The precept rise, which equates to 3.5p extra per week for the average…
14 Feb 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has invested in a drone to give a bird’s eye view of incidents, which will help firefighters and officers when tackling large blazes….
07 Feb 2018
Fifteen fire engines have been at a large scale fire at Moulds Patterns and Models on Kent Road in Pudsey overnight. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service received a…
02 Feb 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is preparing to mark one of the most tragic fire disasters in British history, in which 17 girls and young women perished….
25 Jan 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding homeowners of the potential dangers of candles and tea lights, following a serious fire in St Leonards Road, Girlington, Bradford in…
19 Jan 2018
With just over two months left before applications open to join West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS), would-be recruits are being urged to get #FirefighterFit! Last year was the…
09 Jan 2018
Firefighters who were called to deal with a rubbish fire on a green area in Warrenton Place, Bradford, yesterday evening, had a glass bottle thrown at them and a brick…
19 Dec 2017
Fire crews were called to a property in Smith Crescent, Rastrick, Brighouse, at 19.30 hrs on December 18. Fire engines from Rastrick and Huddersfield attended. A fire at the property…
19 Dec 2017
Fire investigation officers have visited Rebecca Street in Bradford today following a major mill fire overnight. The fire is believed to have been started deliberately. Crews were called to the…
19 Dec 2017
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is saddened to confirm that a man has died following a house fire in Baildon overnight. Fire crews were called to an address in…
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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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