06 Dec 2018
In September West Yorkshire Fire Authority released its three year forward plan for public consultation, which comes to a close on Tuesday, December 11th. With just five days left before…
03 Dec 2018
One year on from a serious road traffic collision in Leeds, a man saved from the crash has been reunited with the firefighters who rescued him. Thomas Dulson, 24, was…
22 Nov 2018
Firefighters are reminding the public to take extra care when using candles – after a child was injured in West Yorkshire this week. Crews were called to a house in…
21 Nov 2018
The Fire Service is delighted to have secured over £80,000 funding from the Kirklees New Homes Bonus (NHB) which will support our youth programmes and help deliver brighter futures to…
19 Nov 2018
Crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) have attended 3,105 crashes in the last five years, according to figures released as part of Road Safety Week. Firefighters are…
13 Nov 2018
Firefighters are delighted to see the Protect the Protectors bill come into full force today (November 13, 2018). West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been a steadfast supporter…
06 Nov 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has had a busy Bonfire Night with almost 400 emergency calls received by our Control Room over the course of the evening. Firefighters…
02 Nov 2018
Frances Head was badly injured when a firework, thrown in a school lunch hall, landed in her lap and exploded, leaving her with second and third degree burns to her…
31 Oct 2018
This year’s Bonfire and Fireworks Extravaganza at Fire Service Headquarters in Birkenshaw is just a matter of days away! This Saturday, November 3rd, we will open up the gates once…
30 Oct 2018
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging people to play it safe by going to an organised bonfire and fireworks display this year. Firefighters and our Control Room…
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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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