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Watch Commander | Adam Smith
Watch Commander Adam Smith joined West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at 18 years old and at age 25 became one of, if not the youngest, Watch Commanders in West Yorkshire. He is also a crew commander at Pontefract White Watch and before joining as a wholetime firefighter in 2017 he worked as a medical technician at Yorkshire Ambulance Service.
About the station
The small town of Featherstone is situated to the east of Wakefield.
The station is in a predominantly rural area with a population of approximately 16,198 people and over 6,000 dwellings.
Featherstone is one of the busiest on-call stations, serving towns and villages as well as the city of Wakefield. Due to its location, crews attend a broad range of incidents from barn fires to high-rise flat fires as well as house fires and road traffic collisions.
With the addition of its special resource, the Command Unit Lite, crews from Featherstone are specially trained in command support and attend large scale incidents all over West Yorkshire.
Featherstone Fire Station is committed to engaging with local communities and the crews can be seen regularly attending local events such as town galas. Currently the station is staffed by one watch commander, two crew commanders and ten firefighters.
Staff at Featherstone all have other employment, some of these employers are: WYFRS (as wholetime firefighters), Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Lin Pac Plastics, Arla foods, Saint-Gobain, Northern Rail, Coca Cola and Ardagh Glass.
Featherstone Fire Station was one of the first stations in the country to pilot Co-Responding with the Ambulance service. Also, staff from Featherstone Fire Station have represented WYFRS in national and international Competitions in trauma, first aid and road traffic collision.