WEEKLY DRILL SESSIONS | WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY 1830-2130
WATCH COMMANDER | DAVID JONES
Watch Commander David Jones has served at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for 35 years. He enjoys riding his motorcycle long distance ( around Europe) and walking holidays.
ABOUT THE STATION
Meltham Fire Station is situated five miles west of Huddersfield.
The fire station, built in 1954, is situated in the centre of the village and serves a population of approximately 8,000 people. The local industry comprises of a range of light engineering and textiles.
Meltham is located on the edge of the Peak District where there is the potential for serious wildfires. Crews respond to a wide variety of incidents ranging from house fires and road traffic collisions to fires in the open (moorland) and special service calls.
The fire station at Meltham is one of the village focal points, with the station and crew taking part in many activities through the year. At such events the crew are always available for fire safety and general fire protection advice helping to keep the risk in the area very low.
Some of the primary employers for the on-call firefighters at Meltham are: Dathan Tool and Gauge Engineers, Fisher plastics, Barker Construction, Water Board, Equi trek, Rosenbauer and Bewleys.
One of the crew is currently in the Guinness book of records for coal carrying! Also Meltham probably have one of the oldest crew of four riding a fire appliance in the brigade with a combined age of 215 years and total number of years’ service being 107.