The people of Bradford can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work.
We have set out plans to prioritise our services in the community over the coming year and we would encourage you to take a look at these plans in detail.
Bradford Risk Reduction Plan 2013-14 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2013-14
In the coming year we will ensure our resources are targeted in the appropriate areas to ensure the greatest effectiveness in reducing the numbers of fires and other incidents.
Our priorities are as follows:
- to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection programme. Stopping fires before they occur is our first priority. To date, our actions have delivered significant success and we want to build upon this. We believe our successful community safety strategy lies in the links we maintain with our partners and we plan to strengthen and increase these to deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service
- to provide a safe, competent and diverse workforce
- to provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money in managing resources.
Whats happening in Bradford district...
Bradford District forms a new partnership to tackle the high numbers of uninsured drivers . May 2012
Bradford District is looking forward to working with the Motor Insurance Bureau, (MIB).
MIB was established in 1946 to compensate the victims of negligent uninsured and untraced motorists. Every Insurer underwriting compulsory motor insurance is obliged, by virtue of the Road Traffic Act 1988, to be a member of MIB and to contribute to its funding.
Bradford District has several postcode areas that feature high up in the national league tables for having the most uninsured drivers in the country.
There are over 1.4 million uninsured vehicles on UK roads.
Research has proved that the drivers of these uninsured vehicles are more likely to be involved in serious road traffic collisions. Uninsured or untraced vehicles were responsible for over 23000 injuries and 160 deaths in the UK last year.
The MIB has put together an education package suitable for our Prevention and Arson Task Force Officers, informing them of information that we can include in our talks to the communities we serve.
WYFRS already delivers an extensive safety and prevention programme throughout the district. This training is delivered to the age groups identified by the MIB as being the most at risk of driving or being passengers of uninsured vehicles.
This training will focus on the powers of the Police who can seize uninsured vehicles and impose fixed penalties. The consequences of driving uninsured vehicles will also be included, explaining how assets can be recovered from offenders who caused injuries or deaths, for many years after the offence actually occurred.
WYFRS is one of the first Fire & Rescue Service’s in the UK to commence working with the Motor Insurers Bureau to tackle this issue.
The initial training input was well received by representatives from each district in West Yorkshire, colleagues from other fire & rescue services attended the seminar with a view to extending this partnership even further across the country.
Drop in blazes in Bradford’s derelict buildings. May 2012
The number of blazes at derelict properties in Bradford started by trespassers, metal thieves and rough sleepers has fallen after an action plan by the District Arson Task Force and Bradford District crews.
New figures compiled by West Yorkshire Fire Authority show there has been an 11 per cent reduction in the number of fires involving derelict or empty buildings after its initiative to secure these high-risk empty properties across the district.
A report to the authority’s community safety committee said the Bradford area had a “high number” of unoccupied buildings with the potential for fires being a “significant problem” – crews had been called to 109 empty building blazes in 2011/12 compared with 121 in the previous 12 months.
“This is as a direct result of the work carried out by crews and officers of the Arson task Force gathering information on unoccupied and derelict buildings, sharing this information and working with our partners to secure premises.” Once secured buildings are inspected regularly to ensure they remain so.
Bradford District took on this work following an initial assessment regarding the possible risks to our crew’s health & safety. These types of premise are often in very poor condition; crew’s safety has been increased due to them having more information available about the higher risk buildings in the district. Some of this information is placed on the Mobile data terminals that are on every fire appliance. Once at an incident the crew can access information on the buildings involved or at risk from fire.
Frontline staff hold frequent training sessions on these buildings, this process ensures they are knowledgeable of the buildings that present them with the highest levels of risk.
Whilst we cannot stop every fire that occurs involving these potentially dangerous buildings we can ensure our crews are more aware of the dangers that may be present inside.