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Monday, 27 October 2014

Parts of West Yorkshire FSHQ to be sold for housing development


West Yorkshire Fire And Rescue Service has applied for outline consent to demolish existing buildings and build 30 houses at their Birkenshaw headquarters.
The site earmarked for houses was once occupied by a communications centre and thirteen former houses which were used as offices until 2013.
Once planning consent is secured, the fire service will sell the land to house builders and use the money for improving fire stations.

The site earmarked for houses was once occupied by a communications center and 13 former houses which were used as offices until 2013.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer Steve Beckley said: “West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is in the process of redeveloping its estate as part of a major modernisation programme.
“A number of functions at the Birkenshaw headquarters are being relocated on the same site and elsewhere. Meanwhile, our Emergency Control Centre is also anticipated to move off-site to its new location in Leeds this autumn.
“This will leave a large plot of land at the site surplus to requirements which will be sold off to generate capital to fund other investment, such as new fire stations.
“A successful application for outline planning consent will increase the value of the land for prospective buyers, thereby ensuring more money is available for the Fire and Rescue Authority to reinvest.
“The outline application is for the demolition of existing buildings and up to 30 dwellings on site and will be subject to the usual consultation process through Kirklees Council Planning Department.
“Despite this application, the Fire Authority is not imposing any restrictions on future use of the land and will consider all approaches from potential buyers.”
The application is open to public comments at Kirklees Council until November 11, with a decision likely to be made by a planning committee, by mid-January.


Thursday, 23 October 2014

Fireworks Extravaganza to be held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters

 

Celebrate Fireworks safely at:

A Fireworks Extravaganza which is advertised to be held at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, Birkenshaw. Attractions include:
Fireworks Display, Kids Rides, Food and Drink, Live Music.
Gates open at 6pm, the bonfire is lit at 7pm and the fireworks display is at 8pm, closing at 9.30pm.
On the gate Adults  £3, Children £2, Under 5's free.

                                                Even a sparkler can be dangerous




                                                Don't fool with Fireworks
                     


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Building Fire Shroggs Road, Halifax

Fire crews responded to the old Dorlux bed factory premises on Shroggs Rd. Halifax at 18:09 Hrs this evening. When first crews arrived the building was well alight and the incident made up  to 5 pumps and an aerial. The building which is mainly single storey and a derelict warehouse was 20% involved in fire.

Overall view of appliances and crew in the factory Yard


Police closed Shroggs road due to appliances and crews working in the road, with local buses also being diverted and a water relay from Ovenden road put in place. 

BA crews stand by in the factory yard at the control point

The fire was quickly knocked down and crews prevented a major part of the building becoming involved. In total 1 jet was used from a CARP, another 2 Large jets and Breathing apparatus.
Appliances from Halifax 2, Illingworth 1, Brighouse 1, Cleckheaton 1 and Idle 1 attended. Bradford CARP was also requested as an aerial to the incident.

View from above the fire from Pellon Lane, Damping down in progress

Saturday, 18 October 2014

WYFRS.. New Station at Valley Road, Shipley announced !

Shipley and Idle crews work together in January 2013 at Briggate in Shipley

A NEW fire station in the Bradford District will be built on a former housing site, it has been revealed. It will be at the junction of Valley Road and Shipley Fields Road, a site that used to be home to Incommunities housing prior to the demolition of the old maisonette flats on the site. 

The fire service has completed a land swap deal with the social housing provider Incommunities. The Valley Road site will replace the Shipley and Idle stations that will be closed down and is two miles north of the original proposed site on Canal Road.

Shipley Fire Station
The swap deal will see Bradford-based Incommunities build housing on the Shipley and Idle sites.

Bradford District commander Martin Speed said the announcement of the new site was exciting news. 
The fire service said the new station should be ready by the end of 2016. 


It will be crewed by full-time firefighters, 24/7, with one fire engine.
Idle Fire Station
Deputy chief fire officer Steve Beckley said: “We are very pleased to be working with Incommunities to deliver a state-of-the-art fire station and at the same time facilitate the provision of high quality social housing in the areas of most need.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Fire Stations at Rawdon and Otley are Saved


Fire crews tackle a building fire in Otley in 2009
The proposed closure of both fire stations in Otley and Rawdon have been scrapped.
The two stations were to have closed under plans to relocate to Menston - but West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been forced to think again after it struggled to find a suitable site.
Both stations were given a reprieve after the authority accepted a recommendation to abandon the Menston plan today.

Otley Fire Station

WYFRs pledged that the Otley and Rawdon stations would not only stay open but would now benefit from investment in the longer term.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley, said: "I’m sure that people who live in the locality of Otley and Rawdon will be pleased by this decision and we look forward to investing in these stations to ensure they remain fit for purpose for the future."


Rawdon Fire Station
Horsforth Councillor Chris Townsley, who is the leader of the Lib Dem Group on the WYFRA said: "This has taken some hard work over the last few years but I am glad that the Authority has been able to come up with a workable alternative, which will leave our stations where they are."

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Serious RTC on M62 Hartshead leaves two seriously injured

Scene of the collision on the M62 Westbound carriageway
At around 9:00pm last night Fire, Police and Ambulance attended a serious Road Traffic Collision on the westbound carriageway of the M62 between Junction 26 and the Hartshead moor services. The collision between three cars left a person trapped who had to be cut free by the fire service. Damage to two of the vehicles was severe.

Fire appliances from Odsal, Cleckheaton and Brighouse attended.

 A Vauxhall Zafira was driven eastbound along the westbound carriageway having exited the service station by the entry slip road. There was then a collision between it and an Audi A1 and a Ford Kuga which were travelling westbound.

One of the vehicles from the collision with crews in attendance
 The drivers of the Zafira (a 37 year old male from Bradford  and the Audi A1 (a 40 year old woman from the Holmfirth area) - were injured as a result of the collision and taken to Leeds General Infirmary by ambulance. A 29-year-old man from Ilkley, who was driving the Ford Kuga, was treated at the scene for slight injuries.
Both casualties in hospital are reported to be in stable conditions and are not thought to have suffered life threatening injuries. 
The carriageway was reopened at around 03:00am this morning 15th October

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information or saw the collision to contact them on the 101 number

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Large Fire in Listerhills area of Bradford

Fire crews from around the West Yorkshire area  responded this lunchtime as fire broke out in a unit on the Listerhill's Industrial Estate, Norcroft Street in Bradford. Fire broke out when a vehicle was reportedly being worked on in a garage which forms part of the estate. Large amounts of smoke enveloped the area and could be seen from around the city. 


View from Listerhills Road
 Ambulance crews also attended long with the Police who cordoned off the are and closed roads around the site for fire crews to obtain water from hydrants in the district.

Bradford CARP being used as a Water Tower

Cleckheaton crew wearing BA


Crews used the CARP appliance from Bradford as a water tower along with  6 large jets, 2 ground monitors and Breathing apparatus sets.
West Yorkshire Fire Service said the fire started in an industrial unit containing cars, on Norcroft Street off Thornton Road.
The unit is part of a larger complex measuring 70m x 50 m. Some smaller units may also be affected.
A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said there were no reports of any injuries.


Listerhills side of the Buildings
Police have cordoned off the area around Thornton Road and Listerhill's Road, with traffic causing congestion in the area.



Nick Smith, Senior Operations Manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said fire crews had surrounded the blaze by about 12.30pm. Crews remain in attendance damping down at the scene.

Appliances from Bradford, Fairweather Green, Idle, Stanningley, Mirfield, Rawdon, Elland, Gipton, Leeds, Odsal, Bingley and Castleford attended the scene.  

Link to report from the incident:  http://www.westyorksfire.gov.uk/news/large-fire-at-industrial-site-sends-smoke-billowing-over-bradford

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Update !! Woman dies after M606 collision.



Police said this morning that a driver of one of the cars was pronounced dead at the scene of  yesterdays Road Traffic Collision on the M606. Two Heavy Goods Vehicles, a Renault Laguna and a Ford Fiesta were involved. 



Both carriageways were shut by police for more than two hours to allow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to land and take off with the seriously injured casualty from the other car. None of the people have been named at this stage.


The Major Collision Enquiry Team would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, which happened just before junction three on the M606 northbound at around 2pm.
Detective Sergeant Carole Greaves said: "We are continuing enquiries into this incident yesterday evening and are appealing for anyone who witnessed what took place to contact us by using the 101 Police contact number".

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

M606 closed due to Serious RTC on the Northbound carriageway


Yorkshire Air ambulance at the scene of the Road Traffic Collision on the northbound carriageway of the M606. Crews were called at around 2:00pm to the collision between Junction 2 and Staithgate roundabout. Fire crews from Odsal and Cleckheaton attended the incident and released casualties. It is believed that four vehicles were involved and that at least one person was seriously injured.



Traffic was diverted Southbound by taking vehicles off and then back on again via junction 2, with all northbound traffic being taken off at Junction 2 and having to use Staithgate Lane to reach the ring road and Odsal.. The motorway remains closed northbound at present with the Southbound now fully re-opened.

The full circumstances of the incident are currently being investigated but the road is currently closed just before junction two on the Northbound carriageway. Resulting heavy traffic off the motorway whilst the diversions are in place. 

"Anyone who has information regarding this incident are asked to contact Bradford Police on 101."

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Man charged with Leeds Majestic Building Fire



Resulting from Tuesday nights fire which destroyed the domed roof of the 1921 grade II-listed building in City Square, Stuart James Jefferson appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court this morning (Thursday 02.10.2014) after being charged with arson at the Majestic building in Leeds on the night of the 30th September.
During the ten-minute hearing the 32-year-old, who gave his address as Broadlea Street in Bramley, Leeds, pleaded not guilty.
District Judge Roy Anderson gave him unconditional bail, but the prosecution then immediately appealed the decision. A crown court judge must now decide within 48 hours whether to grant Mr. Jefferson bail.The case will be dealt with at the Crown Court, where the first hearing is due to take place on October 16th.





Further traffic disruptions have taken place today as the remnants of the roof are made safe. Despite the extensive damage, it is believed the building itself is structurally sound and could be restored.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Major Leeds Blaze at Majestyk Nightclub City Square. Update Man Arrested !!!

Firefighters from across West Yorkshire were called to the scene of the fire at the two-storey building at the junction of Wellington Street and Quebec Street in City Square. The alarm was raised around 7.20pm. when plumes of grey smoke could be seen emitting from the roof of the building and from a first floor window facing out onto Wellington Street

Magestic, Majestyk, Leeds, Fire, Quebec Street
Quebec street looking from City Square
 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service could not comment about the cause of the fire but it did confirm that the blaze had initially involved about ten per cent of the first floor of the building.

Early signs of fire spreading
Early signs of fire spreading

The initial fire was believed to have been under control but gradually worsened as time went on. The Initial attendance of 2 pumps Leeds and ALP with 2 pumps from Hunslet was soon made up to Ten Pumps and Three Aerial appliances.

Water tank being used
Water Tank being used

Water was obtained from hydrants around the City area along with supplies from a Water Tank situated under City Square.

Overall view of the roof now well alight
Overall view of the roof now well alight

From the time of the incident being reported , five hours later the roof was still alight with ground monitors and Aerial appliances being used.

Aerial Ladder Platform in use
Aerial Ladder Platform in use
The whole area around the building was closed off, allowing room for the extra fire engines. The highways in the immediate vicinity of the building were then closed and pedestrians moved from the close proximity of the fire by the Police.

Fire surrounded
Crews surround the fire using 3 Aerial appliances and Ground monitors

A 32-year-old man was arrested last night after witnesses reported seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area. He remains in custody at this time.
The fire was reported at about 7.20pm last night and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area in the time leading up to the fire to contact us.”
West Yorkshire Police say road closures and diversions remain in place around City Square and police officers are in the area to assist with management of the scene.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leeds District CID via 101 quoting log 1363 of September 30 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.