From the District
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 2013-14 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2013-14
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...
Stay warm and safe
With the recent wintry weather across the county, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service is giving advice on how to stay warm and safe this winter following a number of fires in the home.
Can I remind you all “ some vulnerable members of the community are taking risks to keep warm during this wintry spell. We have seen increased use of alternative heating sources including portable space heaters, wood burning stoves, and fireplaces. While these devices add welcome warmth, they also significantly increase the risk of fires”.
Most accidents happen because people sit too close to them or stand them too close to clothing or other items in the room.
Follow these simple rules for safe use:
•Make sure all heaters are well clear of furnishings and on a flat surface
•Try to sit at least 1m (3') away from the heat source
•Use a fire guard, permanently if you have young children
•Don't dry laundry by the fire, or on the fire guard
•Never block or obstruct an air vent as proper ventilation is essential
•Make sure the heater is regularly serviced
•Make sure you have working smoke alarms fitted on each level of your home and that you test them weekly.
If you do have a fire:
Do not attempt to tackle the fire. GET OUT, closing any doors to contain the fire and smoke. STAY OUT, don't be going back inside for your belongings etc and DIAL 999.
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 Stats
Size of Area 157 miles2
12 Fire Appliances
95 Fires Put-out
Stats from February 13
Fire stations in this district
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Holmfirth Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits in the valley on the outskirts of the village centre. The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Skelmanthorp...
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...
Marsden Fire Station, built in 1956, is located on the A62 just outside the village centre and is set in the dramatic and beautiful scenery of the Peak District National Park and the South Pennine ...
Meltham is situated five miles west of Huddersfield, has a population of 7999 and incorporates 3329 dwellings in the area. The fire station, built in 1954, is situated in the centre of the village...
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 Holmfirth and 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 co...
Slaithwaite Fire Station, built in 1962, is a retained station staffed by a mix of retained and wholetime retained personnel. It is situated in the heart of the Colne Valley approximately 4 miles ...