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Blast From The Past Images

Posted on October 23, 2011 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Hi Graham,

I am just asking if you can possibly keep the past few weeks Blast from the past images on a page for future reference.

Enjoyed the old photos.


Mark Elliot.

Future Of WYFS.

Posted on September 17, 2010 at 4:03 PM Comments comments (0)

I have heard from a reputable source that there are big plans to cut several departments at HQ Birkenshaw??

The future of the Workshops is in the air, Along with other HQ based departments.

And this would only add to the controversial Regional control centre in Wakefield which has never done a full days work!!

Don't want to say too much at this time for anybody's view.




Posted on May 25, 2010 at 3:37 PM Comments comments (0)

Further to your e mail blast, it would appear that  to say West Yorkshire are very short sighted is an under statement


They are very good at making all the right noises but unfortunatley very poor at turning them into reality


They like all the politically correct items like diversity and multi cultural and tell everyone how good  they are at been assessed and rated yet have no idea when it comes to engaging with the community and the tax payers of West Yorkshire


A prime example is Safety Central at Bramley. Who know what this multi million pound venture is all about. Whats is purpose etc?


There are so many opportunities to forge links with the community but they appear to have there own agenda and tough to everyone else


Its about time they realises that they are a public service and are accoutable to the people of West Yorkshire


I wonder if any senior managers or any one from the media dept ever attend any of the community events and see first hand that generally most members of the public are very supportive of the excellent work they do and are interested in knowing more


If they put as much effort into their own web site, as they do being unhelpful and obstructive as possible it may be a different story


I have to wonder what they are actually trying to achieve as other fire services around the country clearly have a different view and are only too willing to allow people to take pictures, visit stations and inter act with them


Come on West Yorkshire - GET WITH THE PROGRAM !!!!!!!!!



anyone remember

Posted on November 19, 2009 at 4:53 PM Comments comments (1)

anyone remember david mcdermott,  served in Leeds City then transferred over to wyfrs in '74 .  also served at bramley, normanton, moortown

Queensbury Fire Station

Posted on September 11, 2009 at 3:46 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi, Anyone got any photos or history on Queensbury Fire Station.


A 1 pump station? it closed in the late 80's I think?



Mark Elliot.



A Large No Of Vehicles Mobilised To Flats Fire

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Re - The 'Shout' to the Wortley bin chute fire the other day, Where 12 pumps + 2 ALP's + CU were mobilised.


I bet the residents thought it was a scene from Towering Inferno when all the appliances pulled up!!


I remember the 'Shouts' to the flats on Manchester Road (Bradford) I think they had 15 floors? but the standard turn out was 4 pumps + 1 HP or TL, Usually Bfd & Odsal.


As an Avid regular on this site, I am sometimes 'Puzzled' why some incidents are attended by so many appliances, Or is it all just part of the Fire Service/National procedures laid down?


eg = A lone man in the water on Briggate Leeds = 4 pumps etc + ambulance + police officers?


20 firefighters + x amount of ambulance & police officers to rescue 1 man?


It never used to be as many as that.



Mark Elliot.






Silsden Fire Brigade Booklet

Posted on August 11, 2009 at 6:54 PM Comments comments (0)

Just had a read through the booklet on Silsden Fire Brigade - 1881 - 1981.


A good produced booklet, With plenty of photos in going right back to the very start.


It also lists the number of incidents per year per area, Incidents covered in photos and writing are the Eastwood mills & the biggest in the area the Beech mill fire on Halifax Road in Keighley.


The Beech mill fire was the 3rd large fire in a 48 hr period of the school holidays, It was said to be caused by children?


Produced by an Ex Silsdonite Fireman an excellent read..

'Dodgeing' Out Of The Way?

Posted on June 18, 2009 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (4)

Haven't seen any privately owned Dodge's of WY around or for sale since they were wfu in the early 1990's?


Remember Odsal's Dodge in the Dayglow colours - nice!!


Odsal, Bradford & Fgreen all ran 1 Dodge for years along with most other stations.


The TUA 38 registrations, Some of the earlier machines Bradford's pump WSS 666S? I recall.


They were renowned for  Rotting & 'Falling to bits thou' Lol!!!


Any pictures to post?


Many Thanks.

Mark Elliott.

MACC' .or 'The Eusters Club'..or 'When I Were a Lad

Posted on May 31, 2009 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (3)

I'm thinking of starting a club called The Eusters Club, as in 'I Euster be fireman' or 'It Euster be different in my day'. Read on and see why.....and I'll get to the 'Fire Brigade' point in a minute.....

I recently had to dial 999 for an ambulance. Although I was connected almost immediately to the BT operator, I was told that there was a 4 minute delay in West Yorkshire Ambulance answering the call, and so it was. (If you think that is shocking, bear in mind that the last time I called them, about two years ago, there was a 20 MINUTE delay !!!!!)

However, once I got through, my problems were not over.

I gave the address and the reason for calling, (the fact that my mother in law appeared to be on the point of extinction, with shallow breathing, little pulse, etc, etc.)

The operator at the other end, however, ignored my concise request and description and continued to follow what I can only suspect was a script, repeatedly asking questions that I had already answered. It seemed as if common sense had been programmed out of her!

My point is this.....the  man in charge of the new MACC at Wakefield proudly states that  'he has over 10 years experience in the call centre industry'. Well bully for him! We all know what it's like to call a call centre!  It used to be the case (there's that word again, 'Euster') that to work in Brigade Control required a modicum of common sense, and so it still is. However, within the next few years, more and more people are going to be recruited for these jobs on the basis of their call centre skills, and I can see that the excellent quality of operators that we have at the moment will slowly but surely be diluted.

The same 'Script Mentality' exists in the Police, too, as I know again from experience.

I wonder if these Call Centre Specialists think that all members of the public exist in a sort of 'London's Burning' world, living in  Coronation Street next door to Emmerdale Farm, where everyone panics and runs around like headless chickens?

Eeee....when I were a lad It Euster be different, we took our own calls, and t'public were lucky if we answered 'em because of all t'cleaning and dusting we had to do, and all't memorising of General Order 1/1960 (that'll rattle a few cages...) , but you try telling 'em that today, and they won't believe you!


By the way, mum in law is in hospital still (6 weeks later). The Paramedic was here in two minutes, and saved her life as far as I am concerned, but the ambulance was a further 25. What a state of affairs we are getting to.....

Got Asked To Leave After Taking Photos At Birkenshaw

Posted on May 16, 2009 at 3:42 PM Comments comments (5)

Hi everyone,


On friday afternoon I was passing Birkenshaw HQ, And I decided to drive up to the Workshops.


Parked by the MACC and walked into the workshops yard.


There was no one around to ask if ok, So I took about 6 photos by the side of the building.


I had actually just finished taking photos, When a manager came out of a side door, And asked me what I was doing?


Obviously I had a camera in my hand, And he asked how I had walked in?


He didn't seem bothered to ask if I was a member of WY Fire & Rescue or not, He just asked me to leave the premises.


I didn't want to make an argument, So I mentioned a few names of employees at the workshops, And we parted on good terms.


This is the first time I have ever been asked to leave when taking photos, And was surprised at the response.


Noted in the yard was:


YD52 WUL, X198 NDN, YJ58 DJH?, YJ56 EOA, And a Brand New Landrover!


I have never been aware of any signs or restricted access around the workshops etc?


Is there anyone you should ask for permission before entering Fire HQ?, As I have seen other cars & delivery vans driving in reugularly, The barrier is always on green.



Mark Elliot.





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