Firefest Family Friendly Pop Festival Supporting Fire Fighters Charity

On Saturday 18 August, 1:00pm-11:00pm the Fire fighters Charity will be holding a fantastic family friendly pop music festival featuring some of the best tribute acts in the UK! The event is in aid of Charity which celebrates its 75th Anniversary!

The event will be held at Headquarters of West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Whitehall Road West, Birkenshaw BD11 2DY.

As well as the full headline of performing acts, there will also be a licensed bar selling both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, a specialist gin tent (provided by Ginger Whale Delicatessen in Gomersal), some small children’s rides and attractions and various catering outlets. There could well be an appearance from Little Freddy fire engine too! The whole event is aimed at families and you are encouraged to bring a picnic, chairs, blankets etc. However your own alcohol or glass bottles/containers cannot be brought in (Glass Free Zone).

Featuring top tribute act performances including tributes to Cold Play, Take That, Little Mix, David Bowie, The Beatles, Ed Sheeran, The Bee Gees and Pink!

More information is available on the FireFest Birkenshaw 2018 Facebook page and tickets are available through eventim.co.uk .

Advice on Local and Moorland Fires

How to stay safe and help protect the countryside

The wildfires on Saddleworth Moor and Holme Moss have made national news but there have also been a number of smaller incidents locally which if uncontrolled can become a risk to life and property as well as damaging wildlife in the area.

Residents are being reminded to take care when out and about in parks and countryside around Calderdale and West Yorkshire. Due to the recent spell of warm, dry weather there is currently a higher risk of wildfire spreading across the UK countryside, and on moorland in particular.

In order to stay safe and help protect the countryside, residents and visitors should be aware of the following rules when visiting rural and moorland areas:

  • Do not discard cigarettes in the countryside; dispose of smoking materials properly and make sure they are completely extinguished
  • Clear away bottles, glasses and any broken glass to avoid them magnifying the sun and starting a fire
  • Only light fires or barbecues in designated areas using facilities provided.
  • Always take extra care if using a barbecue, even in designated areas
  • Don’t leave camp fires or barbecues unattended and extinguish them properly after you have finished using them

Report any information about illegal fire setting activities and those responsible (anonymously) to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or 999 if the crime is happening at the time.

If you do see a fire in the countryside:

  • Contact the Fire Service immediately – dial 999 (don’t assume it’s already been reported)
  • Don’t attempt to tackle fires that can’t be put out with a bucket of water
  • Give a map reference if possible, otherwise give a landmark such as a farm or pub to help locate the fire
  • Estimate the size of the area that’s burning
  • Describe the type of terrain (grass, bracken, forest, open moorland etc)
  • Evacuate the area as soon as possible

Police and Fire Service Visit Whitehill Junior Wardens

Heather Stout, from the Ovenden Initiative, arranged for some of our local uniformed services to meet the new Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens recently.

Police Community Support Officer, Megan Boothroyd, from West Yorkshire Police, visited Whitehill Community Academy Junior Wardens to tell them all about her role as an officer in Illingworth on Wednesday 14 March 2018.

Megan spoke about some of her day to day duties before showing the Wardens some of the equipment she carries whilst explaining what it is used for.

PCSO Boothroyd also told the Wardens about some of the more unusual aspects of her job including some of the funny things that have happened, before some very good questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who all seemed very keen to know everything about life in the Police Force.

Following up from that exciting session, on the 28 March Fire Prevention Officer, Dave Manning, from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, also made a visit to tell the wardens about his role in the community.

Dave, until recently a Fire Fighter based in Halifax, invited some of the Junior Wardens take part in a role play to show them how dangerous it can be in a car if you are not wearing a seatbelt and the driver is distracted.

Through the role play, Dave managed to get the message across of how easily drivers can be distracted by children in the back of the car. He also had one volunteer to help him show the rest of the group how to put someone in the recovery position.

Lots of good and interesting questions were asked by the Junior Wardens, who seemed to appreciate the serious message Dave was promoting.

Halifax Fire Station Recruitment Awareness Day

Visit the Halifax Fire Station recruitment awareness day on Friday 9 February.

The Awareness Day will inform you of what is expected throughout the selection process when applying to join West Yorkshire Fire Service. There will be an opportunity to take part in physical aspects of the selection process to get a good idea for what will be needed to be successful. It will also be an opportunity to ask operational Firefighters any questions you may have about the working life of a Firefighter.

Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for for physical training.

There are 2 sessions at 9:30 and at 1:30pm. To book a place visit Eventbrite

Halifax Fire Station Recruitment Open Day

Visit the Halifax Fire Station recruitment open day on Saturday 9 December, 10am-12pm to find out about the requirements needed to become a Firefighter, the application stages, and get a feel for the physical fitness standards required.

Wear comfortable clothing preferably exercising attire and trainers.

To book a place visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/recruitment-open-day-calderdale-tickets-39251371910

Halifax Fire Station Christmas Open Day

Halifax Fire Station, King Cross HX1 3JF will be holding a Christmas Open Day on Saturday 16 December, 12pm-4:30pm. With Santa’s grotto, children’s rides and refreshments,  all are welcome.

Halifax Police Station Open Day 5 August 2017

Enjoy demonstrations, tours, food, rides, children’s entertainment, dance displays and much more at the 2017 Halifax Police Station Open Day.

Saturday 5 August 2017 – 10.30am to 3pm
At Halifax Police Station, Richmond Close, Halifax, HX1 5TW

Please note – There is no onsite parking for this event and members of the public are advised to use public transport.

If you would like to advertise this event in your premises, you could download the Halifax Police Station Open Day 2017 Poster