02 Aug 2018
‘Fire doesn’t discriminate and neither do we’ are the words embossed on the lockers of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (WYFRS) newly customised fire engine, unveiled today (02/08) at…
01 Aug 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging parents to keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children after a young child accidentally started a fire in the…
27 Jul 2018
At the Full Authority Meeting of June 29 Councillor Judith Hughes was re-appointed as the Chair of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) for the 2018-19 year. The Almondbury…
23 Jul 2018
WYFRS has been working with our partners in the health and care sectors to raise awareness amongst patients, carers and health professionals about the dangers associated with the regular use…
19 Jul 2018
Following a landmark court case West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is calling on landlords and letting agencies to open their eyes to the risk of not having working…
18 Jul 2018
The letting agent responsible for a property in Huddersfield which caught fire and killed two young boys has been jailed for 12 months for failing to fit smoke alarms to…
09 Jul 2018
A partnership between West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service and Together Housing Group has won a prestigious national award. The two organisations were commended for their joint work in communicating…
09 Jul 2018
Six fire engines from across West Yorkshire remain at Catstones Moor, Keighley Road, Cullingworth this morning (July 9). Around 35 firefighters are extinguishing any remaining pockets of fire as they flare…
06 Jul 2018
On July 14, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will once again be hosting the Emergency Services Show at its headquarters in Birkenshaw. The show brings together the county’s…
05 Jul 2018
At 14:11 yesterday (July 4), over 70 firefighters from across the brigade were called out to a large fire at a plastic moulding factory on Sherwood Road, Brighouse. Firefighters were…
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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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