Message for Bonfire Night 2021 from West Yorkshire Fire Services

With a smaller number of events taking place in West Yorkshire over the Bonfire weekend please attend organised events where possible, or follow the important Bonfire and Firework safety advice if hosting an event at home.

While most of us are excited about the fireworks spectacular that comes with Bonfire Night and some may be preparing for it, the risk potential should not be overlooked. Continue reading

Message for Bonfire Night 2021 from West Yorkshire Fire Services

With a smaller number of events taking place in West Yorkshire over the Bonfire weekend please attend organised events where possible, or follow the important Bonfire and Firework safety advice if hosting an event at home.

While most of us are excited about the fireworks spectacular that comes with Bonfire Night and some may be preparing for it, the risk potential should not be overlooked. Continue reading

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Quality Voice Partnership

An innovative new partnership has been developed in Calderdale between West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) and Voluntary Action Calderdale (VAC). The fire service has been delivering Safe and Well visits to people in their homes across Calderdale since April 2017. These free-of-charge visits involve fire crews identifying potential fire risks within the home. WYFRS believe they’re delivering a quality service but wanted to find out from customers themselves, what they thought about the service they had received and whether they had acted on the advice and information given.

Together with VAC, the Quality Voice project was created and has been running since June 2017. Local volunteers are recruited and trained to contact people by phone and ask them how they found the experience. Volunteers attend VAC’s Resource Centre each month for a few hours to make the calls. The information collected is analysed by WYFRS and used to improve the service.

Martyn Greenwood, Calderdale District Commander for WYFRS, said

Our partnership with VAC has been a great way for us to connect with the local community through volunteers. The volunteers have helped identify the high quality of our Safe and Well Visits and encouraged a culture of continuous improvement within WYFRS. We are very grateful to our customers and our volunteers for the vital feedback they give us each month.”

Hailey Dundavan, Quality Voice volunteer, said

“It has been unlike any volunteering I have been involved in before. Having WYFRS involved with us so closely has really helped to get a sense of the difference we are making.”

Adam Clark, Volunteering and Projects Manager at VAC, said

“Our team of volunteers are fantastic. They have a professional but relaxed phone manner and are able to connect with people in a unique way to gather feedback about services. The Quality Voice team have learnt some important skills through our partnership with WYFRS, not only gathering feedback but also offering follow-up support to people to ensuring they understand and implement the fire safety advice given by WYFRS. As the project continues to develop we would love new people to volunteer and join the Quality Voice team.”

To attract new volunteers to the Quality Voice project, VAC are holding a volunteer open day on Monday 26 February at the VAC Resource Centre, Hall Street, Halifax, HX1 5AY between 11:00am–2:00pm. Anyone interested in the project is invited to attend; the fire service will be talking about the project and offering free home fire safety information to those who attend. There will also be a chance to find about VAC’s other volunteering roles which include delivering creative activities in care homes, offering a befriending service to older people and mystery shopping adult social care services.

Ash Green Junior Wardens visit Illingworth Fire Station

20151125_111347Junior Wardens from Ash Green Primary School were given the opportunity to visit Illingworth Fire Station to see for themselves what the role of a fireman is like.

It wasn’t long before the wardens saw how unpredictable the job can be when the firemen were called out on an emergency almost bringing an early end to the planned fun.

Sheelagh Paryazani stepped up to the situation and gave the junior wardens a fantastic tour, explaining some of the jobs the fire fighters are called out to and even let them try on some of the fire fighters protective clothing.

Stay safe on Bonfire Night – Safety Tips

Bonfire SafetyBonfires in Calderdale get under way tonight and whether you’re attending one or having your own fireworks at home… Your safety must come first!

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking you to follow these 10 safety tips to ensure the safety of yourself, friends and family.

And remember, Bonfire night can also affect your furred and feathered friends too!

Click here for advice from the RSPCA

Mixmatch Youth’s visit Halifax Police Station

20151026_201808_LLSOn Monday 26 October, a group of youths from the Mixmatch scheme were given the chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at Halifax Police Station.

The youth’s from Mixenden and Forest Cottage Youth Groups and aged 12 to 17 found out what it feels like to be handcuffed, confined in the back of a riot van and had chance to take a look at some of the equipment such as riot shield’s.

The Mixmatch Scheme aims to break down barriers between young people and uniformed services such as West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire Service and previous events have included The Mixmatch Challenge, visit to last years Fireworks Extravaganza, a London trip and more.

For previous articles about the Mixmatch scheme and past events click here

Family Fun at Rastrick Fire Station Open Day

RFS open dayHave fun at the Rastrick Fire Station open day with emergency service vehicles, stalls, childrens rides, bouncy castle, refreshments and much more.

On Sunday 11 October 2015 – From 10.30am to 3.30pm
Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick, HD6 3QH

Entry costs £1 for adults and children go FREE.