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Saturday, 21 September 2013

High Level Training Excercise in Leeds


Today in Leeds High Level Line Rescue Training in progress


Senario was a reported male casualty who had suffered a stroke about 300ft above the ground in the cab of his tall crane on a building site in the centre of Leeds. The building site was just across from the Leeds General infirmary.



Fire crews from Rawdon and Cleckheaton with there Technical Rescue Unit were at the scene.



A dummy replaced the live casualty once he had been removed from the cab of the crane. The casualty was lowered on a stretcher from the top of the crane to ground level.  



Ambulance HART teams were also there to share in the training.

Line rescue is just one of the manyskills that the modern fire service has to be trained for. 


Ambulance Hart Team wait to assist


Live casualty now at ground level
Followed by Dummy casualty on a stretcher

Road Traffic Collision M606 Northbound 20/09/2013


Car crash M606, Road Traffic Collision M606
Scene of the RTC M606 Northbound vehicles diverted along slip road

Fire crews responded at 21:10 last night (20/09/13) to a road traffic collision on the M606 Northbound carriageway at the turn off for Staygate Roundabout. The incident involved a single vehicle that came to rest on the hard shoulder facing south on the northbound carriageway. All traffic was diverted off at the staygate slip road.

Road Traffic Collision M606 Northbound Closure
Fire and Ambulance paramedics worked hard at the scene.

Crews had to remove the roof of the vehicle to extricate the casualty who was trapped within. The casualty suffered serious head injuries but was concious and breathing throughout the operation. When released by the fire crews the casualty was transported to Bradford Royal Infirmary by road ambulance. The motorway remained closed for some time after but has since re-opened.

Fire crews attended from Odsal, Bradford and Cleckheaton.

Anyone with any information about this collision are asked to contact West Yorkshire Police on 101.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

House Fire persons reported Bayswater Row Leeds


 
Fire appliance at a house fire

Fire crews from Gipton and Moortown along with the Aerial Appliance from Leeds attended a House fire persons reported at 02:42 hours this morning. The ground floor of property on Bayswater Row was 100% involved in fire and crews used 2 Hosereel jets and 6 Breathing apparatus at the scene. Two  occupants left the property unaided but a  further two were rescued by Fire Service personnel. All were treated on scene and transported to hospital by ambulance.  A specialist Fire Investigation officer also attended and Investigations are now underway to find out the cause of the fire.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Woman Rescued from Bingley Flat Fire

Smoke from the roof of the shops on Chapel Lane


A female casualty has been rescued by Fire fighters from a flat fire above a bookmakers shop in Bingley this lunchtime.
The incident on Chapel lane in the town centre was reported at 12:02 pm.
Fire crews were alerted to reports of a fire in the flats above a row of shops.
Crews from Bradford, Shipley, Keighley and Idle attended along with an Aerial Ladder Platform from Leeds.
 
bingley flat fire
Crews using Aerial platform to fight fire.
The casualty was rescued by ladder from the front of the building and escorted to safety by firefighters. The female was transported to hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation. West Yorkshire Air ambulance also attended the incident. Large crowds gathered to watch as the seen unfolded.

ALP crews check the roof for hotspots
Flat above Ladbrooks bookmakers
Shipley and Bradford appliances on Chapel Lane
Fire crews used 2 Hosereel jets, 4 Breathing apparatus, Positive Pressure Ventilation Fan and Aerial Ladder Platform during the firefighting operations.

Investigations into the fire are continuing

Monday, 9 September 2013

Update Airedale International Air Conditioning Fire at Rawdon

ACO Walton gives media interview " Its not up to me it's up to the Police"
West Yorkshire Fire Service deployed 15 Pumping appliances, 3 Aerial Ladder Platforms, High Volume Pumping Unit, Hose Layers, Command Unit, Logistical Support Unit and Welfare unit to the scene. There were 13 Ground Monitors, 8 Large jets and 13 Breathing apparatus sets used. Crews also used open water sources and used 4 Ultra LPP's and 2 LPP's.

ALP crew tackle the fire from height
A detailed investigation into what caused the fire, is continuing. Mr Parkman  (Managing Director)said: “Airedale is extremely grateful that due to early intervention, the fire service has been able to save large parts of the premises. Airedale is working with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to ascertain the cause.

Gipton Pump supplies water to the fireground

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Horse led to safety after Horsebox fire on the M62

Fire on motorway horsebox involved
Horse box well alight on M62 Eastbound
The incident happened on the Eastbound carriageway between Harsthead Moor services and Junction 26 at Cleckheaton at 3.17pm today.
Firefighters from Cleckheaton, Brighouse and Elland responded to tackle the fire which engulfed the vehicle.
Cleckheaton Watch Commander Damian Cameron: said: “There was one horse in the vehicle. The owner was able to get the back door of the horse box open. “He managed to get the horse through a gap in the barrier and managed to get into a wood at the side of the motorway out of the way of the vehicles.”
There was thick black smoke blowing across the carriageway but the Highways Agency quickly closed parts of the motorway, which allowed firefighters to extinguish the fire.
Two lanes were kept open but the motorway was closed  for few minutes to allow a second horse box access to collect the horse.
Propane cylinders were stored on the vehicle but they were made safe by firefighters.




Friday, 6 September 2013

MASSIVE fire rips through air conditioning factory at Rawdon UPDATE with VIDEO

Flames leap from Building
Flames leap from the building
Large scale fire incident this afternoon (06/09/2013) at Leeds Road, Rawdon. Crews were called at 14:51hrs today to the premises of Airedale Applied Thermal Innovations where there building became an inferno as fire spread through the property measuring around 150m x 150m. All the members of staff were evacuated safely and no injuries have been reported.

Airedale air conditioning
Jets in use at the entrance to the building
Firefighters used aerial appliances, large hand held jets and Ground monitors to tackle the incident which spread rapidly. At its hight, 20 fire appliances and 100 firefighters battled the blaze.

Aerial appliance with Monitor in use
Aerial appliance with Monitor in use
Speaking at the scene, incident commander Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dave Walton said it “quickly developed into a very serious fire”. He said: “From a West Yorkshire Fire Service perspective, this is a significant incident, involving a large factory complex.
“Fortunately there are no buildings immediately surrounding it, so we are able to tackle the fire and contain it to the single units that are on fire at the moment.
“People have been evacuated from the factory and a full evacuation has taken place. However at the moment we are keeping residents in place.”
He said his team had “battled very hard to save as much of the building” as possible, adding: “Unfortunately due to both the structure and the contents of the building, the fire has spread very quickly through the building. We have plentiful water supply and our guys and girls of the West Yorkshire Fire Service are working really hard.”

Breathing apparatus crews at the rear of the factory
Breathing apparatus crews at the rear of the factory
 The main A65 Leeds Road was closed in both directions as firefighting operations continued, with more appliances attending as the situation developed. 

Aerial appliances came from as far away as Huddersfield to help control the fire
The incident at this time has been scaled down to 10 appliances but crews will remain for some considerable time damping down the building. It is thought the A65 Leeds road should open later tonight.


Dave Walton, Assistant Chief Fire Officer with West Yorkshire Fire Service, said fire crews were able to move into the building just after 8pm to put out flames. He also said parts of the factory had been lost as a result of the blaze and that sprinklers would have made a difference. A statement on Airedale’s website said: “The building was evacuated immediately and all personnel were accounted for.”

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This short video clip shows the severity of the fire and smoke that billowed from the building and then away across the Leeds district.

Appliances attended from some of the following stations:
Leeds, Gipton, Rawdon, Shipley, Bingley, Keighley, Bradford, Pontefract, Cookridge, Stanningley, Mirfield, Batley, Halifax, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Garforth, Odsal, Moortown, Morley and Dewsbury


Investigations are underway to establish the cause of the fire.




Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Quick News Round - up 4th September 2013


Fire Strike Plans
A minimum of 25 fire engines could be left to provide ‘basic’ and ‘limited’ cover in West Yorkshire, in the event of strike action going ahead.

Last Firefighters strike with Army stepping in to cover
This is part of a contingency plan put together by West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority at its Executive Committee meeting.
The move comes as nationally 78% of members of the Fire Brigade Union’s members (FBU) voted for industrial action after two years of talks over proposed pension changes collapsed.
The contingency plans include:
- Recruiting ‘community response volunteers’ to provide cover. They will cost £60,000, but they will be on zero-hours contracts and only be paid if utilised.
- Inviting firefighters who retired in the last two years to return to duty after undergoing refresher training.
- The Army, equipped with vintage Green Goddess engines, to be put on standby.
- A fire prevention strategy booklet to be sent to some 8,000 higher risk premises days prior to any strike.
The committee supported an agreed minimum cover based on its own targets and agreed no fewer than 20 pumping appliances could be manned which would provide 60% achievable targets of seven-11 minute response times.
A report discussing the proposals, reads: “Whilst it is acknowledged that the contingency service will be no match for the normal arrangements, it will provide effective prevention and protection services, suitable call receipt and mobilisation arrangements and a basic, if limited, emergency response capability.”
West Yorkshire FBU secretary David Williams, who was present at the committee meeting said: “We still hope talks can take place to avoid strike action, as this is a last resort.
“In the event of strike and the authorities’ contingency measures, obviously 20 appliances across West Yorkshire shouldn’t happen and we still hope it doesn’t.
“However in the event of a major incident, such as at the weekend where 15-16 appliances were called, that would leave the rest of the county wide open.”
Mr Williams said the West Yorkshire FBU is meeting on Friday to be updated on the talks and proposals since the national ballot last week.
He said no dates have been put forward but any action cannot legally take place before September 8.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service currently employs 1,250 operational firefighters to man 54 front line appliances and several specialist appliances.


 
Two crews from Dewsbury Fire Station attended G Wilson Fibres Limited in Scout Hill Road at 6.40am.
Watch Mnager Pallister said: “The smoke level was almost down to the ground so visibility was really hard. “The team went in wearing breathing apparatus and discovered it was more smoke than fire. It was still quite a bad fire though. “They cleared the smoke when dealt with the fire.”
Only the machinery, a small amount of stock and a small section of the roof was damaged thanks to a sprinkler system fitted by the company.
I know they’re talking about shutting the Huddersfield Road station, but we’re grateful it’s exists and they were there to help us. They were here in about a minute!”The station in Huddersfield Road is due to be merged with Batley Fire Station as part of cost-cutting plans.
West Yorkshire Fire Service has planning permission for a new joint station in Bradford Road, Dewsbury, although construction work is yet to begin.




Fire crews were called at 12.25pm today to a cooker blaze in Smiddles Lane Bradford. The fire, which was in the cellar, damaged internal and external electricity supplies at the property with 
Firefighters from Odsal and Bradford stations attending the fire.


 
It took crews with Two pumps from Halifax who also used an aerial appliance to put out a chimney fire at a property in Green Hill, Warley at around 2:30pm today
Nobody was injured and fire crews managed to put out the blaze and clear the debris.


 
Fire crews were alerted at 3:35pm today to Shay Lane, Wilsden. A fire on the first floor bedroom of the semi detached property was involved in fire.  Firefighters used 4 breathing apparatus and a positive pressure ventilation fan.  Fire appliances from Bingley and Fairweather Green attended the incident.  


Firefighters tackled a blaze in the garage of a house at Westview Way, Keighley, around 4:00pm this afternoon.

Damage to the garage was slight but smoke filled the attached home, and fire crews used a  ventilation fan to help clear the fumes. The three occupants of the house had been alerted by a smoke detector and fled safely. Crews from Keighley and Bingley fire stations were called out to the incident. Firefighters also used two breathing apparatus sets to deal with the blaze.





Crews from Illingworth and Halifax were called to Hambleton Drive at around 8pm. The property was unoccupied and it is believed that youths deliberately set fire to some rubbish in the back garden which spread to the house. Damage was caused to the downstairs and upstairs windows.