West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Calderdale Council is working proactively with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and West Yorkshire Police to prevent moorland fires, but all agencies also depend on the vigilance and care of those who are out and about in our wonderful countryside to play an active part in protecting it.
Whilst Calderdale was thankfully unaffected by recent high-profile blazes at nearby Marsden Moor and Ilkley Moor, it’s important that local people and visitors recognise the part they play in supporting the Council, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, West Yorkshire Police and other local authorities in preventing any future incidents.
Calderdale Council is working with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service in pursuing stricter prevention methods, through the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders, which would prohibit the use of barbecues and lighting of fires in defined areas of the countryside. More about Public Space Protection Orders can be found here https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/community-safety/pspo
A formal consultation was launched on Wednesday 8 May 2019 for people to have their say on these plans. To have your say please complete the feedback form on this web page https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/residents/community-and-living/crime-prevention-and-community-safety/community-safety/pspo/moorland-fires The consultation closes on Tuesday 4 June 2019.
Consultation drop-in events are taking place on Saturday 25 May, 10:00am-1:00pm in the Ripponden Parish Council offices and on Sunday 26 May, 1:00pm-3:00pm at Todmorden Town Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend and share their views, and staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.
The proposals for Public Space Protection Orders must be considered by the Council’s Cabinet before they can be put in place. This will happen as soon as possible after the consultation has ended.
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!
Along with demonstrations by police and other emergency services there will be dance displays, family entertainment, children’s rides and much more.
Please note there is no on-site parking so you are advised to travel by public transport.
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
Every year we issue the same advice but every year there is a casualty of inattention. Bonfire night should be a fun night for everyone of all ages but there are quite simple guidelines issued by various support organisations that remind us of the dangers that can occur using explosive materials in a domestic environment if simple safety rules are not observed. If you are unsure of the safety advice refer to
Follow Fireman Sam’s top 10 safety tips to make sure you have a safe Bonfire night.
Here’s a fun way to make sure your family is safe on Bonfire Night – watch this series of videos to take some tips from Fireman Sam:
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 1
Build bonfires in a safe location, away from danger
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 2
Ensure that your bonfire is stable and remember to never light it with a flammable liquid.
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 3
Keep everyone well back from open fires and ensure children are supervised at all times
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 4
Tips on how to extinguish your bonfire in an emergency
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 5
Always pour water on the embers before leaving the bonfire at the end of the bonfire party.
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 6
Always keep your fireworks in a closed metal box and take them out one at a time. And remember children should not have access to or be near fireworks.
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 7
Always follow the instructions when using fireworks and if it is dark always read them by torchlight and never by a naked flame. Ensure you only buy fireworks from reputable retailers
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 8
Always light fireworks at arm’s length with a taper. You must never return to a lit firework and never throw a spent firework on a bonfire
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 9
Always hold sparklers at arm’s length and wear gloves when handling them. Once the sparklers are out make sure you put them in a bucket of water.
- Fireman Sam – Bonfire Safety Tip 10
Do not give sparklers to children under 5 years old and remember, never run with sparklers
Enjoy demonstrations, tours, food, rides, childrens entertainment, dance displays and much more at the 2016 Halifax Police Station Open Day.
Saturday 6 August 2016 – 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