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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Fire service in West and South Yorkshire could be merged to save money.


Plans to combine the Brigade areas have been put forward as one of a range of options.


South Yorkshire Fire Authority say the proposal may be “the best option” but its West Yorkshire counterpart say the 
plans have not gone beyond an “initial scoping” stage.

The two Brigades have cut about £20m from their combined budgets since 2011.

Judith Hughes, West Yorkshire Fire Authority chairman, said: “Until we know what’s happening with devolution there’s 
nothing on the table.”

The option of a South and West Yorkshire merger appears to have sprung from government proposals for police and crime 
commissioners to take on responsibility for fire services. Those proposals have been met with a very mixed response, 
including concerns funding would end up focused on policing.

A merger of the two brigades is seen as a potentially more palatable outcome but SYFA chairman Jim Andrews stressed no 
formal policy had been adopted and consideration was at an early stage.

He said: “We are having to look at everything, looking at all the options in front of us.

“We may even have to look at going in with the police though I honestly think that’s a step too far.”

Joint control room systems already operate between the two brigade areas.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Arson investigation into Prospect Mills fire Thornton Road, Bradford.

Fire crews were alerted to the mill fire at around 3 pm on Thursday 19th November . On arrival of the first crews from Fairweather Green and Bradford the Mill was alight on all floors. The Incident was made up to 6 pumps and 2 aerials the main Thornton road needing to be closed to traffic.


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Police attended and closed surrounding areas as the fire was dealt with. Some of the top wall of the building had collapsed into Thornton road as the unoccupied building fire raged.  Local people watched the fire which quickly ripped through the building known as Prospect Mills. The  mill which had been empty for years was built in 1855






The mill had been involved in fire before including an arson attack in 2011 in another section of the mill. The road will be closed until at least tomorrow with buses being diverted.


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Structural engineers will have to check the property to check the integrity of the structure, but all the floors and roof have been completely burnt away.

Prospect Mills Thornton Road Bradford 1Fire crews used 2 Aerial appliances and 6 jets. There were also concerns in relation to asbestos in the smoke, all crews tackling the fire in smoke were warned to wear face masks. Some nearby residents were evacuated from properties alongside of the incident.


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Update : Fire investigators and the Police are now treating the fire as Malicious ignition and are asking for anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously around Prospect mills on Thursday afternoon to come forward. The mill has now been demolished due to the buildings unstable condition resulting from the fire. 



 Appliances attended from Bradford (2), Fairweather Green (1), Shipley (1), Illingworth (1), Odsal (1). Bingley (1), Rawdon (1), Idle (1), Morley, Stanningley (1 and Hoselayer) Fairweather Green ( Command Unit and Welfare Unit) and Halifax  (Carp ).


Monday, 9 November 2015

Latest!!! Man arrested after Arson attack at Mirfield Home

A Mirfield house has been completely gutted following a fire yesterday evening (Sunday 08/11/2015). It has since been announced that the fire is being treat as arson and confirm that the property was empty at the time of the fire.


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Fire crews were called to the scene at around 6:00 pm yesterday with appliances from Mirfield (1), Dewsbury (1), Raistrick (1), Cleckheaton (1) and the CARP from Huddersfield attending the address in West Royd Park off Knowle Road, Mirfield.

A West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “When we arrived, it was well alight, it had broken through the roof and the property became 100 per cent involved. “The house has been completely gutted.”


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Firefighters used an aerial platform and three large jets to tackle the blaze and cleared the scene by 10 pm.

A 41 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson at the address on West Royd Park on Sunday evening.  The man has not been named at this time but Det Insp Ian Thornes of Kirklees CID said: “A 41-year-old man has been arrested in connection with this incident.”


Friday, 6 November 2015

Large Fire forces road closures in Leeds City Centre




Kirkgate in Leeds remains closed as damping down continues and Police and fire investigators examine the scene for the cause of yesterday afternoons fire,  which brought mayhem to the City centre throughout the evening rush hour and early evening. There were some doubts as to the structures safety after the fire and this is also being examined.

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The fire is believed to have started at around 4.30pm yesterday (06/11/2015), shortly after the shop Hill’s Furniture Store on Kirkgate, Leeds, closed for the day. No-one is thought to have been inside, but the building is said to be “at risk of collapse”.

The blaze caused Friday evening rush hour traffic chaos, with Kirkgate being closed between High Court and Vicar Lane. Fire crews from stations across the brigade area were mobilised to the scene. as the incident progressed further crews were requested including a Hose Laying appliance from Stanningley. In total West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said around 35 firefighters and eight pumps had been dispatched to the fire at Hill’s Furniture Store on Kirkgate, Leeds, close to the Corn Exchange.


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Hundreds of onlookers have gathered at the scene and are being moved clear by the emergency services. West Yorkshire Police said it had officers in attendance at the incident helping with cordons and road closures.


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Fire crews used 6 Large jet's, 3 Aerial appliances, Ground Monitors, Breathing Apparatus and Positive Pressure Ventilation Fans. The rear part of the 3 storey premise appeared to have been worst affected in the fire. Fire crews from Leeds (2 and Aerial), Cookridge (1), Moortown (1), Hunslet (2), Rothwell (1), Morley (1), Rawdon (1),  Bradford (CARP), Fairweather Green (CU / Welfare Unit ), Stanningley (HL).


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The Hill’s store was founded in 1946. Its website says the shop provides a “good, honest and friendly service” and stocks “modern and traditional” items to suit all tastes. Roads in the area remain closed and fire crews continue damping down at the scene.