19 Jun 2018
Firefighters and support staff at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have been commended for their hard work and dedication at the brigades Long Service Awards. Nineteen operational…
01 Jun 2018
Stefan Taylor, who is a Firefighter on Dewsbury Fire Station’s Blue Watch, was on holiday with his young family when a near tragedy happened when a three year old boy…
21 May 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Intervention Team were incredibly proud to support 30 ‘young firefighters’ at their pass out parade at Wakefield Fire Station on Thursday evening (May…
17 May 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) would like to wish the Muslim communities of West Yorkshire ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ and offer them support and advice as they observe the holy…
30 Apr 2018
On Friday (April 27, 2018) the House of Commons approved the Third Reading of the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Bill. The bill now progresses to the House of Lords. The…
26 Apr 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) staff started the ‘Biker Down’ awareness course around 18 months ago to help keep motorcyclists safe on the roads. And now that Summer…
25 Apr 2018
West Yorkshire’s three blue lights are standing together in support of new laws which will give emergency service workers better protection against attacks while on duty. The Assaults on Emergency…
11 Apr 2018
A family had a lucky escape yesterday after a fire broke out in the early morning in their home in Drighlington. The family of five were asleep at their home in…
27 Mar 2018
Twenty-year-old Lou Evans was rescued from the River Aire in Leeds in the early hours of March 3rd after a night out on the town ended in disaster. The young…
16 Mar 2018
Christina Nugent applied to become a firefighter 10 years ago and hasn’t looked back since – in fact the mum-of-two wishes she had done it sooner! Christina is now 51-years-old…
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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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