From the District

District Commander Chris Kirby

The people of Kirklees 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.

Kirklees Risk Reduction Plan 2014-15 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2014-15

Our priorities are:

  • to reduce risk across Kirklees, with a focus on supporting the integrated risk management planning process, in particular across Huddersfield, Batley and Dewsbury fire stations
  • continue to work effectively with partners across the district, highlighting the risk to both individuals and property
  • achieve more with the same or less resource, specifically targeting projected activity and using a combination of prevention, protection and response.

 

Whats happening in Kirklees district...

 

Spring sees the launch of UK Home Fire Safety Week.....

March 24 - 30 is the launch of the UK Home Fire Safety Week. This campaign, led by the Chief Fire Officers Association, aims to highlight the need for a working smoke alarm in every home. Join in with the “Tick. Tock. Test” and test your smoke alarm on 30 March when the clock move forward.

There were 4,107 dwelling fires across West Yorkshire between 2011 and 2013. Our concern is that there was no smoke alarm fitted in over a fifth of the properties involved.

In Kirklees, 37% of dwelling fires over the last 3 years have been cooking related.

If you have concerns about fire safety in your home, Firefighters can carry out a free home fire safety check where they will advise you on fire safety and the type and location of smoke detection, including fitting them where required.

REMEMBER:

  • Don’t leave cooking unattended and never cook after drinking alcohol
  • Never smoke in bed and always dispose of cigarettes carefully
  • Never leave electrical items switched on overnight and don’t overload sockets
  • Never place tea light candles on soft or combustible surfaces. Always place them in a candle holder
  • Never leave candles burning when you go to bed and take extra care when pets are around candles
  • Drive within the speed limit, avoid distractions at the wheel, stay patient and always wear your seatbelt
  • Ensure you have smoke detectors fitted in your home and test them every week
  • If you know someone who struggles to test their smoke alarm, could you test it for them? You could save their life!

Prevention is at the heart of what we do. We continue to work with our partners to identify those most vulnerable to fire and provide education, advice and smoke alarms to reduce the likelihood and impact of fires in the home.

 

 

Safeguard you, your family and your home

Click on the link to view our Safety Message - http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/safety-campaigns/safeguard-you-your-family-and-your-home

 

 

 

 


About this district

Kirklees is one of the largest metropolitan districts in England and Wales, with a population of 404,000 spread over an area of 157 square miles.

The area is a contrast between remote, rural areas and town centres. It includes a major motorway (M62) and rail network, together with risks such as Stendedge tunnel, three major hospitals and seven Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) sites.

Kirklees has a history of strong partnership work, which continues to go from strength to strength.


Kirklees District

Population 404,000+

Size of Area 157 miles2

Fire stations in this district

Batley Fire station

Batley

Batley Fire Station, built in 1983, covers an area of approximately eight square miles, serving a population of 55,149 people. The station covers Batley, Hanging Heaton, Soothill, Staincliffe and H...

External view of Cleckheaton Fire station

Cleckheaton

Cleckheaton Fire Station personnel strive to make Cleckheaton a safer place and reduce overall incidents by maintaining the ability to deal with fire and rescue when required. The area incorporates...

External view of Dewsbury fire station

Dewsbury

Dewsbury Fire Station, built in 1964, is located on Huddersfield Road on the outskirts of Dewsbury heading towards Huddersfield on the A644. The station has a number of fire engines and specialist ...

Headquarters

Built in 1867 on what was the Halfway House Colliery. The house was occupied by several families until it was taken over by West Riding Council in 1947, when the premises were put to use as a home...

External view of Holmfirth fire station

Holmfirth

Holmfirth Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre, being approximately 219 metres above sea level.  The station is managed by a station commander who is...

External view of Huddersfield fire station

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Fire Station, built in 1960, sits on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public. There is a population of 119,239 and the area incorporates 52,000 dwellings. Pe...

External view of Meltham fire station

Meltham

Meltham Fire Station is situated five miles west of Huddersfield, has a population of approximately 8,000 with around 3,500. The village is approximately 250 metres above sea level. The fire statio...

External view of Mirfield fire station

Mirfield

Mirfield Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre. The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Batley fire station. The sta...

External view of Skelmanthorpe fire station

Skelmanthorpe

Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre. The station is approximately 200 metres above sea level. The station is managed by a station comm...

External view of Slaithwaite fire station

Slaithwaite

Slaithwaite Fire Station, built in 1962, is a retained station staffed by a mix of retained and wholetime retained personnel. It is situated approximately 4 miles from Huddersfield and provided fir...

News

  • 30 Jul 2014

    Safety success for West Yorkshire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s commitment to tackling fires and road traffic collisions has paid off, with the brigade experiencing a dramatic drop over the past 10 years. Deliberate...

  • 30 Jul 2014

    Fire authority appoints first female chair

    Greenhead councillor, Judith Hughes, has been announced as the first ever female leader of the country’s fourth largest metropolitan fire and rescue authority. Cllr Hughes, who succeeds...

  • 24 Jul 2014

    Fire service marks World War One centenary

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be represented at a commemorative event ahead of the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the Great War. An expected 500-strong parade will...

  • 23 Jul 2014

    School's out - stay safe this holiday period!

    Schools across West Yorkshire have recently broken-up for the annual six week holiday and with the sunny weather on our doorsteps, youngsters will have been taking the opportunity to get out and...

  • 22 Jul 2014

    Over 500 homes targeted with fire safety advice in prevention blitz

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been blitzing the Batley and Dewsbury areas with fire safety advice this last week. The campaign was undertaken in preparation for the new fire...

  • 21 Jul 2014

    Final day of firefighter strike in eight day series

    This evening’s firefighter strike, between 1700 and 1900 hrs, completed an eight day series of industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

  • 21 Jul 2014

    Round up of incidents during strike

    A Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike took place between 1700 and 1900 hrs today (Sunday, July 20).  During the two hour period West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) received 17 calls and...

  • 19 Jul 2014

    Quiet Friday night during strikes

    A Fire Brigades Union (FBU) strike took place between 2300 hrs last night (Friday, July 18) and 0100 hrs today (Saturday, July 19). Our contingency plans allowed for 22 engines to cover the...

  • 17 Jul 2014

    Day four of eight day strike period

    The fourth day of an eight-day series of firefighter strike action has passed without major incident today. Two periods of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial action took place between 0600 and...

  • 16 Jul 2014

    Day three of eight day strike period

    The third day of an eight-day series of firefighter strike action has passed without major incident today. Two periods of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial action took place between 0600 and...

  • 15 Jul 2014

    Day two of eight day strike period

    The second day of an eight-day series of firefighter strike action has passed without major incident today. Two periods of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial action took place between 0600...

  • 14 Jul 2014

    Day one of eight day strike period

    The first day of an eight-day series of firefighter strike action has passed without major incident today. Two periods of Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial action took place between 0600 and...

  • 10 Jul 2014

    Update: Barn fire in Halifax

    Contingency fire crews attended a large barn fire at a farm in Moor End Road, Mount Tabor, Halifax during today’s firefighter strike. This was a barn, measuring approximately 30 metres by 15...

  • 10 Jul 2014

    Significant barn fire during strike

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service contingency crews are currently in attendance at a significant barn fire in Moor End Road, Mount Tabor, Halifax. Five fire engines (25 crew members) are in...

  • 08 Jul 2014

    Reminder: Firefighter strike pending

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to take extra care this Thursday (July 10) during a nine-hour period of industrial action. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is...

  • 06 Jul 2014

    Tour de France a huge success as no fires affect route

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is delighted that the Tour de France (TdF) weekend has passed without any major emergency impacting on the spectacular event. The two day event has...

  • 30 Jun 2014

    Le Tour is coming - are you ready?

    Tomorrow is the first of the month and just four days until the Tour de France takes Yorkshire by storm! A buzz of excitement is really starting to build and we hope everyone can enjoy the...

  • 30 Jun 2014

    Working together to keep Kirklees safe

    Firefighters and police officers will join forces to prevent fire and crime in Kirklees. When police officers visit homes, they will be trained to spot fire-related risks and be able to quickly...

  • 26 Jun 2014

    Business owners urged to ensure they are ready for Le Tour!

    With just one week to go before the Tour de France (TdF) starts in Leeds, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding business owners to take steps now to reduce the risks of fire...

  • 23 Jun 2014

    Firefighters hotly anticipate Tour de France

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is prepared for the Tour de France (TdF) descending on July 5 and 6 – are you ready? The brigade has been pedalling hard over recent months to make...

  • 21 Jun 2014

    Fourteenth firefighter strike passes without major incident

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) experienced a fairly quiet seven-hour strike period today despite the sunny weather conditions. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial action...

  • 20 Jun 2014

    Fire service supports Child Safety Week

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting Child Safety Week, which runs from June 23. The annual campaign is led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and raises awareness...

  • 20 Jun 2014

    Firefighter strike looming - remember to take extra care!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people across the county that a firefighter strike is due to take place for seven hours tomorrow, Saturday June 21. The Fire Brigades...

  • 18 Jun 2014

    Play It Safe this World Cup!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is asking whether you are a safe pair of hands this World Cup season? As football fever takes hold we all hope England will be on fire in the global...

  • 18 Jun 2014

    Emergency Services Show offers fun for all the family!

      The three blue light services are joining forces again this year to host the ever popular Emergency Services Show. On Saturday July 12, 2014, at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS)...

  • 17 Jun 2014

    Dewsbury Fire Station event celebrates 50 years!

      Dewsbury Fire Station is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year after opening its doors for the first time on January 21, 1964. Crews decided to wait until the summertime to recognise the...

  • 17 Jun 2014

    Huddersfield Fire Station Open Day Cancelled

    Huddersfield Fire Station Open Day, scheduled to take place this Saturday (June 21), has been cancelled following the announcement of firefighter strike action on the same day. The Fire Brigades...

  • 13 Jun 2014

    Round-up of incidents during firefighter strike

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has experienced an average number of incidents during the 24-hr firefighter strike, which ended at 0900 hrs today (June 13). In total the brigade...

  • 11 Jun 2014

    Fire chiefs give insight into strike challenges

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people that a 24-hour strike is looming and the public should take extra care. The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced plans for a...

  • 09 Jun 2014

    West Yorkshire supports UK Road Safety Week

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is bringing home the devastating reality of road smashes to people across the county as part of a national awareness event happening this week. The...

  • 09 Jun 2014

    Further strike action announced

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced plans for a 24-hour strike starting at 0900 hrs on June 12, followed by a seven hour strike starting at 1000 hrs on June 21. Although Thursday will be...

  • 03 Jun 2014

    Fire officers to hotfoot it up three peaks!

    Four plucky fire officers from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be taking on the National Three Peaks Challenge in a bid to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. The four...

  • 30 May 2014

    Summer safety advice highlights dangers of handling flammable fuels

      Following a recent incident where a man was badly injured, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people of the dangers faced when handling flammable fuels. Area Manager...

  • 23 May 2014

    Changes in Fire Authority leadership

      Councillor Mehboob Khan has announced that he will step down as Chair of the Fire Authority with effect from midnight on Friday, 23 May. Councillor Khan commented: “I have greatly enjoyed my...

  • 16 May 2014

    Young Firefighters pass course with flying colours!

    More than 150 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire have passed their Young Firefighters course with flying colours.   The youngsters carried out a number of fire drills in front of their...

  • 16 May 2014

    First ever UK Hoarding Awareness Week

      The first ever national UK Hoarding Awareness Week will run from May 19 to 25, 2014.   The event aims to convey the simple message that understanding issues relating to hoarding, or...

  • 15 May 2014

    Reducing fire risks for people with dementia

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting Dementia Awareness Week, run by the Alzheimer’s Society, between May 18 and 24. There are around 800,000 people in the UK who have...

  • 14 May 2014

    Fire service supports Deaf Awareness Week

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be raising awareness of fire safety tips during the event, which runs from May 19-25, and is led by the UK Council on Deafness. Everyone needs...

  • 01 May 2014

    Reminder: Help us help you during strike

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging members of the public to take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones from the risks of fire during a three day period of...

  • 25 Apr 2014

    Fire chiefs appeal to public to take extra care after strike announcement

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced plans for further industrial action due to take place next week. Full strike action is anticipated as follows: Friday, May 2, between 1200 hrs and...

  • 28 Apr 2014

    Firefighters host emergency service friends from down under

    Cleckheaton Fire Station recently hosted a member of the Tasmanian State Emergency Service (SES) in a visit which highlighted the different challenges faced by blue light services in West...

  • 22 Apr 2014

    Major Armley Blaze: Update

    Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) are working alongside demolition crews today to tackle a blaze at an Armley industrial site. The major blaze broke out at Armley...

  • 10 Apr 2014

    Council signs up to fire safety agreement

    Leeds City Council has signed a new four-year agreement demonstrating its commitment to improving fire safety arrangements across all areas of the council. On Wednesday 2 April, the council...

  • 09 Apr 2014

    Firefighter battling brain tumour in charity fundraiser for children with cancer

    Watch Commander Andy Wooler’s life was turned upside down last year when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour after suffering from seizures out of the blue. The brave 45-year-old dad, who...

  • 02 Apr 2014

    New Fire Control to be officially opened by Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is delighted to be hosting Lord-Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe for the opening of the new state-of-the-art Command and Control Centre in Leeds. The new...

  • 01 Apr 2014

    'Images of Fire' book celebrates 40 year brigade anniversary

    A commemorative book featuring dramatic photos of major blazes tackled by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is being launched to celebrate 40 years since the brigade formed.   Images...

  • 31 Mar 2014

    Business premises to be charged for persistent false alarms starting April 1

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is introducing a charge against businesses that generate more than three false alarm call-outs in a 12 month period. The green light for the £350...

  • 21 Mar 2014

    Firefighters support UK Home Safety Week 2014

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting UK Home Safety Week, which runs between March 24 and 30. The campaign, led by the Chief Fire Officers Association, aims to...

  • 03 Mar 2014

    Firefighters head to Pakistan to help save lives

    A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) employee will be heading to Pakistan to help save lives by lending his expertise to the improvement of emergency services.   Kirklees District...

  • 24 Feb 2014

    Relief exchange crews head to Surrey

    A deployment of 15 firefighters and three fire officers are heading to Surrey today to relieve 18 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crew members who have been working there since Thursday...

  • 20 Feb 2014

    Scaling down of West Yorkshire crews in southern England

    Crews from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) providing flood relief to areas of Somerset, Berkshire and Surrey, are slowly being scaled down as the forecast improves.  Around 35...

  • 17 Feb 2014

    Flood relief continues

    As the new week starts with the weather outlook promising a better and less stormy week ahead, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel continue to work in flood affected areas of the...

  • 14 Feb 2014

    Flood relief support for Southern England continues

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews have spent another day and night supporting communities in the south of the UK who have been affected by the on-going flooding and severe weather....

  • 13 Feb 2014

    Severe weather update

    As the UK continues to be affected by severe weather, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crewshave been working both locally and nationally to support those communities who have been impacted...

  • 12 Feb 2014

    Windy weather expected for West Yorkshire - Amber warning issued.

    The Met Office has forecast that Yorkshire and Humberside is due to experience strengthening winds into this evening. The worst impact is expected to be from around 1800 hours today (12.02.14)....

  • 12 Feb 2014

    Let passion be the only thing burning this Valentine's Day!

    We all want our loved ones to feel special on Valentine’s Day and treating that certain someone with a gift is sure to put a smile on their face. Keeping loved ones safe from harm is also a way...

  • 05 Feb 2014

    Fire safety a top priority in high rise flats

    A new sprinkler system is being installed in a high rise social housing block as part of a drive to improve fire safety for residents. The installation of the retro-fit fire sprinkler system at...

  • 03 Feb 2014

    First Ever Fire Sprinkler Week!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting a new campaign raising awareness of the benefits of sprinklers in fighting fires. The first national Fire Sprinkler Week will run...

  • 29 Jan 2014

    Stay safe this Chinese New Year!

    The Chinese New Year will see celebrations taking place this Friday (January 31) to mark the start of the Year of the Horse. New Year festivities traditionally extend from the final day in the...

  • 20 Jan 2014

    Firefighters rescue pony impaled on fence in Bradford

      The unusual call came at 23.17pm last night (Jan 19) to Denbury Mount, Holmewood, Bradford to a pony impaled on a 3ft metal fence. The Technical Rescue Unit from Cleckheaton Fire Station...

  • 10 Jan 2014

    Chimney fire sparks safety warnings!

    A crew from the retained Slaithwaite Fire Station attended the home of Irene Chaloner, in the village’s Nields Road, after a chimney fire broke out shortly before 5pm yesterday (9/1/14). Irene...

  • 09 Jan 2014

    Queen's New Year Honour for Chief Fire Officer!

    Congratulations go to West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer, Simon Pilling, who is “proud and honoured” to receive the Queen’s Fire Service Medal for distinguished service. ....

  • 06 Jan 2014

    Fire service rescues young couple's holiday

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) went the extra mile today to ensure a 21st birthday was not ruined. A 999 call was made by Katie Ward, of Mirfield, in the Kirklees district, after...

  • 03 Jan 2014

    Quiet morning during firefighter strike

    Today’s industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) was the ninth Firefighter strike in recent months.  During the two hours of reduced cover, between 0630 hrs and 0830...

  • 01 Jan 2014

    New Year's Eve firefighter strike passes without major incident

    Tonight’s industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) was the eighth Firefighter strike to take place this year and coincided directly with New Year celebrations. During...

  • 30 Dec 2013

    Stay safe during strike this New Year

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging people to bring in 2014 safely as firefighters are set to strike between 18.30 hrs on New Year’s Eve and 00.30 hrs on New Year’s Day.  ...

  • 25 Dec 2013

    Christmas Eve strike period passes without major incident

    Tonight’s industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) was the seventh Firefighter strike to take place this year and coincided directly with the culmination of the festive...

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Stay safe during strike this Christmas Eve

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) announced earlier this week that further strikes will take place on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Whilst West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service chiefs are...

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Fire crews praised after pinpointing crash victims who were lost

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) received the unusual 999 call shortly before 20.40 hrs on Wednesday (December 18). Paul Lonergan had been driving along the M1 when he lost control...

  • 20 Dec 2013

    Don't let Black Friday ruin your Christmas!

    The Friday before Christmas can be a busy night for emergency services as high-spirited revellers hit town and city centres in search of some festive fun. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service...

  • 19 Dec 2013

    'Paws' and think about Christmas fire safety!

    That’s the message West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Dogs have been sending out this festive season. Spencer and Memphis have been donning Santa hats and...

  • 18 Dec 2013

    Advice to e-cigarette users this Christmas

    Most of us are know that cigarettes can cause fires if not stubbed out properly, but West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is raising awareness about the potential fire hazards associated...

  • 18 Dec 2013

    Reminder to sweep chimneys in time for Santa!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to keep chimney flues and heating appliances well maintained this Christmas. In the last three years alone WYFRS has attended...

  • 17 Dec 2013

    Festive Period Firefighter Strikes Announced

      The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced further strike periods to run over the festive season. They are as follows: December 24 (Christmas Eve) from 1900hrs to 0000hrs, full strike, 999...

  • 14 Dec 2013

    Weekend firefighter strikes end without major incident

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has praised the public for staying vigilant during tonight’s Fire Brigades Union (FBU) industrial strike action. (Saturday, December 14).  The...

  • 11 Dec 2013

    Reminder to take extra care during forthcoming firefighter strike action

      The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is planning a fifth period of strike action this Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, both between 6pm and 10pm.   Whilst West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

  • 05 Dec 2013

    FBU announces fifth period of strike action

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has today announced plans for further strike action due to take place on Friday, December 13 and Saturday, December 14, both between 6pm and 10pm.  This will be the...

  • 05 Dec 2013

    Very busy day for firefighters

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has experienced a flood of wind-related calls today.  Between 07:30 hrs and 15:00 hrs we received 186 calls, approximately 80 of which involved dangerous...

  • 05 Dec 2013

    Safety advice in high winds

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has attended a number of wind-related incidents this morning.  An AMBER Warning of Wind has been issued by the Met Office between 02.00 hrs and...

  • 04 Dec 2013

    Outcome of FBU Ballot for Action Short of Strike

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has today announced that members have voted in favour of action short of a strike in relation to the ongoing dispute with the Government over pensions. Dave Walton,...

  • 18 Nov 2013

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service supports Road Safety Week 2013

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be bringing home the devastating reality of crashes in a bid to keep drivers safe on the county’s roads. The awareness campaign, which runs...

  • 18 Nov 2013

    From flickering flames big fires can grow - use candles with care this winter!

    Firefighters are hoping that Candle Fire Safety Week, between November 18 and 24, will remind people to snuff out the risk of fire in their homes this winter. With the dark nights growing colder,...

  • 12 Nov 2013

    Reminder to take extra care during forthcoming firefighter strike action

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) will be taking further strike action tomorrow (November 13) between the hours of 10am and 2pm. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has robust contingency...

  • 11 Nov 2013

    Top marks for quality of service!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has received the thumbs up from members of the public following a recent survey assessing our performance. The Quality of Service survey asked for...

  • 08 Nov 2013

    Business premises to be charged for persistent false alarm call-outs

      West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will be introducing a charge against businesses that generate more than three false alarm call-outs in a 12 month period. The green light for the...

  • 07 Nov 2013

    Tickets on sale for Flaming Charity party night

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of West Yorkshire’s annual Flaming Charity fundraising event, which promises to be more spectacular than ever. The Flaming Charity Party Night Show will be...

  • 06 Nov 2013

    Youths Condemned For Throwing Fireworks

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has slammed the actions of reckless youths who threw fireworks at crews on Bonfire night. There were eight incidents across West Yorkshire where...

  • 04 Nov 2013

    Busy morning during strike action today

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) attended 13 incidents during this morning’s industrial action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). The strike took place between 0600...

  • 01 Nov 2013

    Industrial Action by members of the FBU 1 November - update

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s contingency plans have proved effective during tonight’s strike action taken by members of the Fire Brigades Union. The demand on the service has...

  • 01 Nov 2013

    Behave responsibly this Bonfire night!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding the public to behave in a safe and responsible way over the Bonfire period.  Whilst the Service hopes everyone can enjoy the...

  • 31 Oct 2013

    Lucky dog rescued from cliff edge in quarry

    Nine month old Cocker Spaniel Ruby had a lucky escape following a dramatic rescue from a cliff ledge in Flappit Quarry, Denholme, Bradford, yesterday (Wed 30.10.13).  Ruby’s owners Scott...

  • 31 Oct 2013

    Stay safe during strike action

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is urging the public to stay safe and hold-off private Bonfire celebrations tomorrow night. (Friday 1.11.13)  The Friday before Bonfire night is...

  • 29 Oct 2013

    Take Extra Care During Bonfire Season

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking members of the public to take extra care and be vigilant in the run up to and over the bonfire season. Last year across the service area, between...

  • 28 Oct 2013

    Industrial Action Announced for November

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) have today announced plans for further strike action due to take place on Friday 1 November 2013 for four and a half hours, between 6.30pm and 11.00pm and Monday 4...

  • 22 Oct 2013

    Tick, Tock, Test Your Alarm

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks this weekend (27 October at 02:00hrs) - by taking a moment to test...

  • 18 Oct 2013

    FBU Strike Called Off

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have welcomed the decision for the postponement of tomorrow’s planned five hour firefighters strike by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).  The strike had been...

  • 04 Oct 2013

    Closing Doors Saves Lives

    A family from Emley were rescued from a burning house in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Firefighters were called to a house in Out Lane, Emley, at 01:08 am on Thursday (03/10/2013)...

  • 04 Oct 2013

    Company Prosecuted For Illegal Storage Of Fireworks

    A retail premises in West Yorkshire has been prosecuted for serious safety failings surrounding the illegal storage of fireworks. JTF Wholesale Ltd had exposed members of the public and employees...

  • 25 Sep 2013

    Response to 25 September Industrial Action by members of the FBU

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank members of the public for taking extra care, to safeguard themselves, their family and their communities during the industrial action...

  • 24 Sep 2013

    Taking extra care during industrial action

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking the public to think about what they can do to take extra care, to safeguard themselves, their family and their communities during the industrial...

  • 19 Sep 2013

    Industrial Action

    We have today received notification from the Fire Brigades Union of its intention to carry out discontinuous industrial action commencing Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 1200 (Noon) hours until...

  • 21 Jun 2013

    It's showtime for the blue light brigade

    With blue lights flashing and two tones blaring, the emergency services are celebrating the tenth anniversary of their ever popular annual tri-service show. Everyone is invited to come along and...

  • 07 Jun 2013

    Sale of Marsden Fire Station

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have negotiated the sale of Marsden Fire Station to Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team. Marsden Fire Station ceased to be an operational fire station on the...

  • 31 May 2013

    Who pays the price for false alarms

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue is asking the business community of the county who should pay for false calls to automatic alarms at business premises. A consultation will be launched this week to...

  • 31 May 2013

    Haworth Community Fire Station

    In December 2012 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority considered wide ranging changes to emergency cover in response to significant reductions in Government funding and one proposal was to...

  • 12 Apr 2013

    Your community needs you!

    As far as jobs go, they don’t come much more important than one which involves serving your community and saving lives. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for people in the rural...

  • 21 Feb 2013

    Precept rise agreed to ease pressure of drastic cuts

    The average household in West Yorkshire will have to find less than 10p extra per week to pay for their fire and rescue service next year. The rise of £4.99 per year for band D households –...

  • 07 Sep 2012

    Authority launches county-wide consultation on fire cover plans

      12-week listening exercise Councillors today launched a 12-week public consultation exercise on radical plans to reform fire cover across West Yorkshire. Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling’s...

  • 10 Aug 2012

    Emergency crews tested

    Emergency crews will be joined by search and rescue dogs for a large exercise at Kirklees College on 14 August. Exercise Summer Palace is a sequel to December’s Winter Palace, which saw...

  • 26 Jun 2012

    Motorway smash to test crews

    A dramatic motorway pile-up will put the emergency services through their paces in a multi-agency training exercise. The training exercise, to take place on Sunday, 1 July, at the former St...

  • 29 May 2012

    Countdown to Emergency Services Show

    The 2012 Emergency Service Show is shaping up to be the best yet! The event will take place at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ in Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, on Saturday, 7 July. All...

  • 14 May 2012

    Young Firefighters celebrate graduation

    Around 200 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire passed their Young Firefighters course with flying colours. The young people carried out a number of fire drills in front of their family,...

  • 09 Mar 2012

    Praise for firefighters at Ravensthorpe blaze

    The ‘splendid professionalism’ of firefighters prevented a blaze at a food processing plant in Ravensthorpe last night spreading to a local day nursery, houses and neighbouring businesses. When...

  • 06 Mar 2012

    Firefighters to clean up for charity

    West Yorkshire fire stations will be making a splash for charity cash in March. Car washes will be held at Cleckheaton, Batley, Dewsbury and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service HQ this month...

  • 14 Feb 2012

    Top award for fire investigator

    West Yorkshire fire investigation officer Peter Crowther is one of only 15 people in the UK to have achieved the prestigious Certified Fire Investigator award. Watch Manager Peter Crowther, who...

  • 16 Dec 2011

    Green light for fire cover plans

    Chief ‘disappointed’ but convinced change is unavoidable  Plans for far-reaching reform of the county’s fire and rescue service were given the green light by councillors today. West Yorkshire...

  • 13 Dec 2011

    Chief's Christmas toy appeal

    Toys and gifts donated by fire and rescue staff will be presented to the Salvation Army for distribution to children in need at 10am on Tuesday, 20 December.  The handover will take place in the...

  • 25 Nov 2011

    Firefighters train for animal rescue

    Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Technical Rescue Unit joined forces with an equine clinic at a charity open day to demonstrate large animal rescue techniques. The...

  • 21 Nov 2011

    Huddersfield firefighters turn the town yellow

    Huddersfield firefighters will be out in force during the next month selling yellow helmets for The Fire Fighters Charity. Green Watch will also take the opportunity when meeting members of the...

  • 15 Nov 2011

    Stay safe on the roads

    Young drivers will hear shocking details of the devastation firefighters face when they turn up at the scene of a crash during Road Safety Week 2011 (21 to 27 November). The personal testimonies...

  • 31 Oct 2011

    Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night in Kirklees

    West Yorkshire’s firefighters are urging people to enjoy their Bonfire Night at an organised event. Last year, fire crews dealt with 118 bonfire related incidents between 1 and 8 November – 12...

  • 18 Oct 2011

    Preparing for a safe Bonfire Night in Kirklees

    Fire service staff will join forces with partner agencies in the run-up to Bonfire Night to keep Kirklees safe. Hundreds of school children across the district will benefit from safety talks in...

  • 23 Aug 2011

    Car boot sales at fire HQ

    Two car boot sales are to be held at fire service HQ in Birkenshaw next month. The events will take place at the Bradford Road complex 9am-1pm on 4 and 25 September. Fee: £5 per car and £7 per...

  • 22 Jul 2011

    Summer holiday arson warning

      Cleckheaton’s fire station commander is calling for young people to keep away from the town’s derelict buildings this summer. He’s also appealing to eagle-eyed members of the community to...

  • 06 Jul 2011

    It's show time for emergency services

    West Yorkshire’s emergency services will pull out all the stops this Saturday when they put their most impressive equipment and resources on display. The Emergency Services Show will take place...

  • 10 Jun 2011

    Countdown to Emergency Services Show

    Plans are gathering pace for next month’s Emergency Services Show, which promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The event, which will take place at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

  • 18 May 2011

    Young firefighters celebrate their graduation

    More than 200 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire passed their Young Firefighters course with flying colours this month. The young people carried out a number of fire drills in front of...

  • 11 Apr 2011

    Fires prompt wildfire warning

    The weekend’s moorland fires have prompted a warning by West Yorkshire’s firefighters about the importance of taking care while in the countryside. Since Friday evening, moorland fires have...

  • 31 Mar 2011

    Praise for on-call service

    Major changes made at on-call (retained) fire stations across West Yorkshire are proving a huge success. A year ago more than £1m. was set aside to boost the availability of fire engines crewed...

  • 06 Jan 2011

    Fire chiefs call for safer new year

    Over the 15 day festive period, West Yorkshire’s firefighters turned out to more than 1300 incidents – 300 up on the same period last year. 192 of those turnouts were to fires involving people or...

  • 22 Nov 2010

    Firefighters appeal for safer roads (Kirklees)

    Kirklees firefighters will be urging drivers to slow down, belt up and switch off during this year’s Road Safety Week (22 to 28 November).  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has...

  • 16 Nov 2010

    Rope rescue at Galpharm stadium

    Three dramatic rope rescue exercises are being planned at Galpharm Stadium, Huddersfield’sprestigious sports and leisure complex. The event will provide vital, realistic training for the West...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Stay safe this bonfire night

     Kirklees Arson Task Force staff are planning a safety blitz in the run-up to this year’s Bonfire Night. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Kirklees district team will join forces with...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Fire chiefs support pink picnic

    The event, on Sunday 25 July, is the largest free Pride festival in Yorkshire and will feature live acts, DJs, exhibitions, fun fair rides and market stalls.West Yorkshire fire chiefs are backing...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Station commander issues warning over derelict buildings

    Cleckheaton’s station manager has issued a safety warning to young people playing around derelict buildings. Firefighters have attended over a dozen incidents near derelict industrial land on...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Working together for a safer community

    Firefighters will be joining forces with partners for Operation Focus this month to drive home road safety messages and personal safety in the Spen Valley.  Operation Focus, which runs from 10 to...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Firefighters issue wildfire warning

    Firefighters are urging people to take extra care while out in the countryside. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is hoping to halt the recent spate of moorland fires such as those recently...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Batley firefighters issue safety warning

    Batley firefighters are urging people to take extra care in the home. The warning comes following a handful of accidental fires in the Batley area, mainly caused by cooking, smoking and...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Successful end to Dewsbury waste blaze

    A deep-seated fire which has been smouldering at a Dewsbury waste site for one month has drawn to a successful end. Fire broke out at the site in Ravenswharfe Road, Scout Hill, on 7 February and...

  • 12 Oct 2010

    Firefighters working 24/7 to tackle Dewsbury waste blaze

    Firefighters who have been working 24/7 to tackle a deep seated fire at a Dewsbury waste site could be needed for another three weeks. Fire broke out at the site in Ravenswharfe Road, Scout Hill,...

  • 12 Oct 2010

    Protect your property from arson

    Firefighters are urging businesses to take some simple precautionary steps to avoid becoming the victims of arson. It is feared that skips, wheelie bins and bags of rubbish left close to...

  • 12 Oct 2010

    Stepping up fight against arsonists

    Firefighters are urging businesses in the Spen Valley area to report any arson attacks, no matter how small, in a bid to close in on the criminals responsible. The plea comes following a number...

Events

  • 12 Oct 2014

    Care Boot Sale - Fire Service Headquarters

    Car Boot Sale at Fire Service Headquarters, Birkenshaw, Bradford BD11 2DY.

    Cost for Cars £6 and Vans £7.50.

    Starts at 9am (Gates open to traders 8am - no commercial traders)

    To book a place contact HQ on 01274 682311 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

  • 21 Sep 2014

    Car Boot Sale - Fire Service Headquarters

    Car Boot Sale at Fire Service Headquarters, Birkenshaw, Bradford BD11 2DY.

    Cost for Cars £6 and Vans £7.50.

    Starts at 9am (Gates open to traders 8am - no commercial traders)

    To book a place contact HQ on 01274 682311 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

  • 31 Aug 2014

    Cookridge Fire Station Open Day

    Hot oil demonstration, Freddy the Fire Engine, bouncy castle and fire engines plus much more...

  • 17 Aug 2014

    Car Boot Sale - Fire Service Headquarters

    Car Boot Sale at Fire Service Headquarters, Birkenshaw, Bradford BD11 2DY.

    Cost for Cars £6 and Vans £7.50.

    Starts at 9am (Gates open to traders 8am - no commercial traders)

    To book a place contact HQ on 01274 682311 weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

  • 03 Aug 2014

    Cleckheaton Fire Station Open Day

    Sunday 3 August 2014  11am - 4pm

    Chip pan display unit

    Rescue dog demonstration

    Children's rides and games

    refreshments

    ice creams

    tour of station

    stalls

    local dance sides and musical entertainment

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