22/08/12 12:46 (G) Motorway M1 Junction 47 - Lorry Fire MP x 4 Incident Proved
to be Wagon trailer involved in fire, carrying waste recycling
materials 50% involved in fire and crews used 1 Hosereel jet until water
supply established and the 2 Large jets and 2 Breathing apparatus were
used. Appliances from Hunslet (2501 2502), Rothwell (9101) and Leeds (2002) attended
Water Rescue Operation Leeds 14/08/12 Leeds Bridge Bridge End
Slide show of Fire crews attempting to locate a male casualty who had fallen into the River at Bridge End, Leeds Water Rescue appliances from the West Yorkshire area attended along with HART Ambulance crews and Police Diving team.
Emergency crews were 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 specialist crews from around the country spend three days searching
for trapped casualties in the basement of the college. The college
basement has been specially adapted to mimic the conditions of a
collapsed building, with crews forced to work in difficult conditions more...
Male Rescued in Cliff Fall Drama Queensbury
Members of the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team
out this afternoon to help save a teenage cyclist who had fallen 100
feet down a ravine off Pennine Close, at Shibden Head, Queensbury. The
18-year-old had been mountain biking with friends when he hit a rock and
was catapulted down the incline. Ambulance
and fire crews from Illingworth and Cleckheaton, also attended but it
over two hours to safely haul the patient back up to the ambulance. He
was taken to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where he is being treated for
serious leg injuries.
Make Pumps 4, Machinery in a building involved in fire. Single storey
building measuring 30M x 75M. Crews used 4 Breathing Apparatus, 2 Hosereel jets and Positive Pressure Ventilation fans. Appliances from
Odsal (4701 4702), Bradford (4001 4002) and Illingworth (Welfare Unit 6717) attended. Specialist officers
attended including Fire Investigation Officer.
Fire at FSHQ Birkenshaw
were called to the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s
headquarters last night. Crews from Odsal, Cleckheaton, Bradford, Morley
and Batley attended the blaze at 6.38pm on Tuesday 7th August. It is
understood to have been a fire which caused some damage to fire kit and
spokeswoman for the fire service said: “Firefighters dealt with a small
fire at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s stores department last
night. “Crews from the surrounding area were called to the stores
department to assist crews already in attendance. “They
worked well to contain the fire to a small area of the building, which
resulted in damage to some fire kit and smoke logging of some offices.
“The stores service is unaffected, and the adjoining technical services
and workshops are also unaffected. “The cause of the fire is currently
under investigation, although it is not believed to be suspicious.”
The incident was attended by 6 pumps and crews used 2 Hosereel jets, 6 Breathing apparatus and Positive Pressure Ventilation.
Further Concerns as more Restructuring Could Cost Lives
This is what an Empty appliance bay looks like!
Under the new plans, which were revealed by the Telegraph & Argus, Shipley and Idle stations will be closed and
their crews merged at a new fire station, it's location is still to be disclosed. Haworth Fire station – which is manned by a retained crew – is also earmarked for closure.
West Yorkshire fire chiefs will hold high-level talks this week with
contractors carrying out major roadworks on the M62 after it was
revealed that a woman spent 20 minutes trapped in her car while
fire crews battled to reach her in heavy traffic..More......
Life-saving rescue dogs training weekend in Huddersfield
black labrador was joined over the weekend by rescue animals from
Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Tyne and Wear, Grampian, Wales, the
West Midlands and Essex. They spent Friday at the huge disused Globe
Mills site in Slaithwaite. Station commander Hitchcock said: “It was a
because we do get called out to huge works to find missing people.”The
following day, the group trained at a mocked-up version of a
collapsed three-storey building in the basement of the Kirklees College
building on Portland Street. More.......
The three-day course finished yesterday with training on lowering on a line at the Fire service headquarters in Birkenshaw. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters, which saw eight
dogs and their handlers put through their paces in a series of
dramatic scenarios. More......
20 Years Ago in July 35 Appliances attend Major Incident Allied Colloids Fire Bradford
On Tuesday 21 July 1992 a series of explosions leading to an intense
fire broke out in a storeroom in a raw materials warehouse at Allied Colloids site in Low Moor, Bradford.
The fire spread rapidly to the remainder of the warehouse and external
chemical drum storage. Although none of the company employees were
injured, 33 people, including three residents and 30 fire and/or police
officers were taken to hospital where they were treated for smoke
inhalation. Approximately 2000 local residents were confined to their
houses and residents in eight properties immediately adjacent to the raw
materials warehouse were evacuated.
Building Fire Kirkstall Road Leeds 06/07/12 17:10Hrs
electrician fell from a ladder while working in Wakefield Cathedral
this morning. Emergency services were called just before 9am and began
working to bring the injured man down to ground level.The man, who is in
his 20s, had been working in the tower of the cathedral when he fell
from his ladder.
horrific smash involved lorries, cars, buses, a motorcyclist and a
leaking overturned tanker. The Highways Agency and Traffic Police were
first on scene and requested assistance from the fire service,
HART (Hazardous Area Response Team) and pre-hospital care teams to
triage the scene by identifying those at most risk and extricate them
from various entrapments. Firefighters identified the
leaking substance before making the scene safe and rescuing casualties.
15/06/12 Burton Street, Hunslet, Leeds 22:54
at the scene damping down after last nights fire. This was a fire in a
single storey commercial garage unit measuring 40m x 40m, A number of
cars inside the garage were also involved, crews
have used 5 Large jets, 1 Hosereel jet, 1 Breathing apparatus and an
Aerial ladder platform.
Appliances from Hunslet (2501 2502), Leeds (2002 2006ALP) and Gipton (2401 2402) attended.
11/06/12 Dewsbury Road, Leeds 11:44Hrs
Fire Persons reported MP x 4 ALP x 1 Incident - Proved to be a 2 storey
shop premise with fire in roof void area above flat on 1st floor. Heavy
smoke issuing on arrival. No persons were found on the search by
Breathing Apparatus teams but a cat was located unconscious, one of the
firefighters managed to resuscitate it. Crews used 2 Hosereel jets, 4
Breathing apparatus and Aerial Ladder Platform. Appliances from Hunslet (2501 2502), Morley (2701), Rothwell (9101) and Leeds (2006ALP) attended
Flash Flooding Leeds
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High Volume Pump Crews attend incident on Church Grove, Swillington as flood
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flooding was caused by heavy rainfall. Rain caused drains to back up and water
to enter properties. Some road closures were in place as well as sections of
the M1 motorway. Highways and Police worked with the Fire and Rescue
Service to do as much as possible for local residents and businesses. The High
Volume Pump from Stanningley was being utilised, together with appliances from
Garforth, Rothwell, Stanks and Gipton. Between 19:48hrs and 23:10hrs, 38 flood
related calls were received to the East Leeds areas of (Swillington, Garforth, Whitkirk, Kippax,
Austhorpe and Colton). Areas that Fire Service were pumping out and
assisting were Neville Grove and Springwell Avenue in Swillington, The Skyline fish shop, Austhorpe and Kingswear Crescent, Whitkirk. Officers were deployed to
investigate reports of flooding in other properties in and around these areas.
Rural 999 vans were vetoed by Yorkshire chiefs
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service
announced earlier this year it was intending to introduce 16 new specialist
fire engines, to be based in around 12 stations including Morriston and Port
Talbot to improve Fire and Rescue services, particularly in rural areas. It has
emerged the same vans were being considered by the West Yorkshire Fire and
Rescue Service, but bosses there decided against using them, because of the
limitations on the equipment they could carry. More.......
Building Fire MP x 15 ALP x 1 Fore Street, Brixham Devon 19:45 Hrs 25/05/2012 (Attendance whilst in Devon)
Click above to read more This lorry crash happened in May 1962, at Thistlebottom, Charlestown,
and the lamp post which can be seen toppled over in the photograph
probably saved the life of retired bus conductor Mr Milton Sutcliffe, as
it stopped the lorry just two yards from where he was standing......
Flooding Saturday 23rd June 2012 Allerton-By-Water
Woman trapped under a train at Dewsbury Railway Station
Image by Ash Milnes (c)
3.13pm Monday 30th
May - Woman hit by train at Dewsbury railway station after walking off
platform into the path of the oncoming train . Casualty was released and
taken to LGI by Air ambulance that landed
in the nearby Wellington Road car park. The station was closed for a
short time while emergency services dealt
with the incident which resulted in delays to a number of services in
the area. Dewsbury Watch Commander Richard Carr said: “We cannot
confirm how it has happened but there is due to be a full investigation
about how this occurred. We were alerted that somebody was trapped under
the train. “However when we arrived at the scene, we discovered that
not trapped and we were able to pull her out from underneath the train.
“She did have quite severe head injuries.” Appliances from Dewsbury (8301 8302) attended.
Crews assist in casualty removal Image by Ash Milnes (c)
Yorkshire ambulance stands by to take casualty to LGI Image by Ash Milnes (c)
WYFRS Fire Authority Review Takes Place on Road Traffic Collision Attendances.
West Yorkshire Fire Authority will reveal a new plan for mobilising
crews after a report said a previous “one size fits all” approach meant
too many firefighters were called to help at some road
traffic incidents. Three pumps are sent to collisions regardless of the number of vehicles
involved and the number of people trapped, so when an accident only
involves one casualty “too many
resources” were dispatched.
The new plan, which was due to be discussed at a meeting on Friday the 27th April, will put
in place steps to determine the exact nature of an incident, including
how many people are trapped and the type of vehicles
involved before crews are sent out.
Primrose Lane, Cleckheaton MP x 5 Incident 26/04/12 01:46
Primrose Lane, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton Building
Fire MP x 5 Incident - Proved to be a 2 storey derelict farm building
involved approx 30m x 20m heavily involved in fire. Crews used 2 Large
jets and 1 Hosereel jet. Appliances from Cleckheaton (6201) Batley
(8101) Dewsbury (8302), Brighouse (6101), Elland (6301) and Garforth
(2317 Welfare Unit) attended.
Turn - Out from Sowerby Bridge
Crews turned out at least 200yds to this incident. Hollins Mill Lane Sowerby Bridge.
Violence erupted in the sleepy backwater of Trumpton last night
following the announcement that the fire station would be closed and
services provided by Fireman Sam Plc from CBBC. Pugh, Pugh, Barney
McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grub are being offered new terms of pay and
conditions if they move stations, but Captain Flack will have to take
Huddersfield Memorial at last for Booths Fire Victims
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Survivors and relatives of those who died in the tragedy have been
hoping to secure a plaque to remember the 49 people who lost their lives
when the blaze ripped through the H Booth and Sons clothing factory on
October 31, 1941. Now a permanent memorial for those killed in the horrific Booth’s fire
disaster 70 years ago is to take pride of place in Huddersfield.
First Large Moorland Fire this Year
Moorland Fire Coal Gate Road, Soyland, Ripponden, Halifax MP x 10 Incident 13:46 23/03/12
4 miles of moorland on fire with at one time 36 Beaters being used by
Fire crews on a 100m Fire Front. Greater Manchester appliances also
assisting West Yorkshire Crews and Holmfirth and Todmorden Wildfire
Units have been sent to the incident, along with appliances throughout
Fire Crews Release Trapped Woman
Crews took time to release a female when she had to be removed from her
car after a collision in Otley Road Bradford on the 20th March 2012.
Crews had to remove the roof to extricate the casualty who also suffered
from medical problems. Fire crews worked alongside ambulance paramedics
and their crews to secure the safe release of the casualty. It took
about 40 minutes but the female who was given medical aid throughout the
process was removed safely and then taken to hospital for treatment.
Others involved at the scene were described as walking wounded. Police
closed the roadway during the incident with local diversions being set
up. Appliances from Bradford, Idle and Stanningley attended the scene along with a Senior Advisor.
The training operation was held the heart of the Leeds city centre on Sunday 18 March. Group Manager Nigel Craven, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,
said: "West Yorkshire's firefighters are some of the best trained and
equipped in the country but it's essential that we constantly test our
capabilities in realistic scenarios.
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British Red Cross help for Leeds and West Yorkshire blaze victims
British Red Cross service manager John Naylor with volunteer Morag Irvin and the support vehicle based at Idle Fire Station.
fire ravages someone’s home in West Yorkshire, the arrival of
firefighters is followed by a vehicle which looks like a cross between a
camper van and an ambulance. It is the Fire and Emergency Support
Service (Fess) truck operated by the Red Cross. And as a stunned family
looks on at their wrecked home, a Red Cross volunteer steps in. The
vehicle contains clothing, because some victims end up in the streets
in their nightclothes. There’s also food, toys for children, even
toothbrushes and toothpaste – in fact all the essentials lost in the
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Tributes paid to Eric, the fire hero and devoted family man
Eric Howson, from Hipperholme, spent more than 30 years with West Yorkshire Fire Service. He was one of the first crew members to arrive at the devastation of the
Bradford City fire in May 1985 and the aftermath of the IRA bomb on the
M62 at Chain Bar in 1974. Click Image for More...
Fire Crews Given Letters of Appreciation
Fire crews who “put their lives on the line” to rescue a Bradford family
from their burning home have been commended for their bravery.
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West and South Yorkshire to collaborate on Critical New Control System
“A fully-integrated mobilising system will enable both brigades to
manage their own control rooms independently whilst enjoying lower unit
costs and far greater resilience and security – which is tremendous news
for both authorities who are facing significant financial pressure. The
monies from central government could not have come at a more critical
time for essential investment in the 999 infrastructure.”
TOC 22:31 24/02/12 Clough Mills, Clough Road, Slaithwaite MP x 6 ALP x 2
fire involving a 4 storey derelict mill building approx 30m x 20m. Fire
on 3rd and 4th floors of the property and crews used 5 Ground monitors,
1 Large jet, 2 Aerial Ladder Platform jets with some crews used
Breathing apparatus sets for comfort wearing. The Incident was
sectorised and a Defensive tactic employed. Appliances from
Slaithwaite (7201), Huddersfield (6001 6002 6006ALP), Meltham (6901),
Marsden (6801), Elland (6301), Brighouse (6101), Bradford (4006ALP),
Odsal (4702), Illingworth (Welfare Unit), Batley (8101 8128CU) with
relief crews attending from further stations in the Brigade area.
West Yorkshire In The Pink
Firefighter from Greetland is Commended
Taylor, from Halifax Fire Station, was playing at Elland Golf Club
when head of the well-known Calderdale rugby family Jack Fairbank
suffered a heart attack and collapsed.The firefighter, from Greetland,
shouted for someone to ring 999 and immediately started administering
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RTC Persons Trapped, New Road, Denholme
24/02/12 TOC 13:41
Road Traffic collision, 2 HGV’s involved. 1 person trapped, extrication
carried out by fire service personnel and transferred to hospital by
Markfield Avenue, Low Moor, Bradford House Fire Persons Reported TOC 08:46 04/02/12
Markfield Avenue, Low Moor, Bradford. House Fire Persons Reported - Proved to be a fire in semi detached bungalow 80% alight. After being alerted by smoke alarms the woman stayed in the bathroom of
the property and the man remained in the bedroom until they were led to
safety by fire crews wearing Breathing apparatus. Crews used 2 Hosereel jets, 4 Breathing appartus and 2 Positive Pressure fans. Casualties were taken to hospital by ambulance. Appliances from Odsal (4701 4702) and Bradford (4002) attended.
West Yorkshire In The Pink
Virgin Islands Firefighters have attachment with WYFRS
Fire Officers and Emergency Medical Technicians Messrs Benson Thomas
and Gaston Walters are currently on an attachment with the West
Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service from
February 6th to 24th as the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue services
continues to build capacity. They
will have an opportunity to observe operational activity from a
mobilising and control centre, they will be exposed to a major incident
involving a collapsed building, and they will be trained in dealing with
hazardous materials and situations as part of this attachment. Acting Chief Fire Officer, Mr. William Penn “Those
two officers have completed a wide range of competencies which includes
degrees, the EMT program and now this attachment with all its
components will allow the officers to have the requisite training in the
other areas to complete the requirements of their current rank and
propel them towards the rank of Sub- Officer,”
03:44 22/02/12 Beck Street Keighley MP x 10 Aerials x 1
Building fire, make pumps ten. Three storey building used as a
retail premises for servicing domestic aplliances 30m x 15m, LPG fork
lift truck involved in building fire, exposure risk to one side, fire
spread to basement of adjoining mill 20m x 30m. seven large
jets, one aerial ladder platform and 8 Breathing Apparatus used.
Appliances from Keighley, Bingley, Haworth, Fairweather Green,
Stanningley and Silsden, Aerial ladder platform from Bradford, plus
supporting appliances from Illingworth, Batley, Mirfield, Shipley,
Elland, Stanningley and Garforth Welfare Unit attended.
Explosion involving a old oil fuel tank that was attached to the boiler
house which in turn was attached to the main building. The tank was due
to be decommisioned. Crews used Hosereel jets and also applied a 1% Foam
concentrate to the tank due to a pressure build up inside. In total
there have been 5 casualties, 1 with burns and the other casualties with
shock or smoke inhalation. Six of the casualties required
from Dewsbury (8301 8302), Brighouse (6101), Ossett (8901), Mirfield
(8701) and Cleckheaton (6204 TRU attended. Fire investigation
officers attended to investigate the cause of the explosion.
Ex West Yorkshire Pumps For Sale
Complete with West Yorkshire Loggo and Safety Notice on rear Locker
There are 3 on the site click image for details
14th February 2012 06:15 Belle Isle Road, Leeds RTC Persons Trapped
Firefighters from Hunslet and Rothwell were called to free him and had to wrench the off-side doors from the Jaguar. One
of the Hunslet firefighters said: “The damage was all on the driver’s
side. The driver’s seat had been squashed to half its normal width. The
driver was trapped by the feet. He was just conscious. He had injuries
to his ankles, legs and upper body. Paramedics were anxious that we got
him out as quickly as possible.”
Image sent in from Firefighters last Strike, Green Goddess crew and Police escorts stationed at Belle View Barracks Bradford
Fire crews move to new Normanton Fire Station
Princess Street Normanton
Normanton’s brand new fire station will become operational this week (w/c 30th January 2012).
new fire station, built by Caddick Construction, has been completed
three months ahead of schedule. It has been built on the site of the old
station, which was demolished after more than 50 years of service.
Ex Normanton appliance at the side of the old station
nearby house has also been redeveloped as part of the project and
converted into five bedsits, which will be used as sleeping
accommodation for firefighters on the day crewing/close call shift
new steel-framed building is larger than the old one and provides two
appliance bays and accommodation for the day time crew including welfare
and cleaning facilities, a gym, workshop, offices, training and meeting
rooms. A steel training tower has also been built so crews are able to
train for rescues at height.
Area Manager Retires after 30 years Service
One of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s most popular officers has retired after 30 years’ service.
Area Manager Brian Robson, who
most recently headed up the Operational Preparedness department, has had
a number of high profile and challenging roles during his career.
Brian’s first posting was at
Brighouse Fire Station in 1982, but he has also served has a firefighter
at a number of other stations, including Todmorden, South Elmsall and
Knottingley. He has worked in fire safety publicity, as the brigade’s
school liaison officer, where he formed a double act with the popular
fire safety mascot Wellyphant, he worked at training school and he was
also posted to Bradford Fire Station as commander during some of the
city’s most challenging times during the riots.
Brian was promoted to Area
Manager in charge of community safety in 2005, where he developed the
brigade’s prevention agenda to become the outstanding success it is
today. He was then transferred to Operational Preparedness in 2010.
During his career Brian, who is
from Brighouse, has attended a number of large incidents, including the
Linthwaite Grosvenor Chemicals fire in 2010, and many large mill fires
including Woodvale Mills in Brighouse in 1988.
Parkfield Hotel, Park Road, Pontefract MP x 6 Incident
Crews in Defensive Mode
was a 2 storey derelict building involved in fire approx 20m x 30m,
previously used as a hotel. Crews used 4 Large jets with 75% of the
property being involved.
Brighouse Fire Station. One of the sites selected for closure
The West Yorkshire Fire Authority has approved the closure of 10 fire stations, cutting 102 firefighter jobs.
The 10 stations that are closing are Gipton, Stanks, Rawdon,
Otley, Brighouse, Elland, Hemsworth, South Elmsall, Batley and Dewsbury.
The stations will be replaced with five new "super stations" at Killingbeck, Menston, Rastrick, South Kirkby and Batley Carr.
authority must save £18m over the next four years after funding cuts.
Councillor David Ridgway, chairman of the authority, said:
"The changes are actually sensible, they are acceptable and they will
work." The authority said the plans could take four years to implement
and the jobs would go through "planned retirements". Mark Wilson, branch
secretary of the Fire Brigades' Union, said he was "extremely
disappointed". He added the changes would be "an erosion of not only
public safety but firefighter safety".
Yorkshire Fire Service had previously operated 48 fire stations across
five districts. A three-month consultation over the closure proposals
ended last Friday. It received 2,973 letters of objection or concern.
1,484 people have objected to the planned closure of stations in
Hemsworth and South Elmsall while 1,283 residents have spoken up to save
stations in Otley and Rawdon.
The meeting approving the closures took place at the authority headquarters in Birkenshaw.
Plans For Major Fire service Changes in West Yorkshire
Controversial draft plans, part of the Fire service’s fire cover
review, would see Gipton and Stanks fire stations replaced with a new
facility in Killingbeck.
Hemsworth and South Elmsall’s stations to be replaced with a new station at South Kirkby while Rawdon and
Otley stations will be replaced with a station at Menston.
a new station at Batley Carr will replace Batley and Dewsbury with
Brighouse and Elland being replaced by a station at Rastrick.
The Chief Fire Officer also recommend that a smaller fire response unit (FRU) replace the second fire engine at Moortown and that the second engine at Silsden becomes a back-up appliance based at Keighley.