WEEKLY DRILL SESSION | WEDNESDAY 1830-2130
Watch Commander | Phil Bradley
Watch Commander Phil has worked in the fire service for 29 years. For 26 years he had a shop in Silsden, where he regularly had to leave half way through serving customers when he was called out to a fire or other emergency incident.
About the station
Silsden Fire Station was built on the main street in Silsden in the early 1900s, then in 1973 a new one was built on Elliott Street.
The station borders with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and works closely with the other retained stations, Ilkley and Otley, who provide cover through the Worth Valley.
Silsden Fire Station serve their community in a variety of different ways.
Crews deliver safety talks to Year 5 children and also to local groups such as churches. When requested, firefighters carry out safe and well visits and fit smoke alarms for people who haven’t got any.
There is an open day at the station once a year where people can go have a look around. There’s stalls, tea, coffee and cakes and chip pan demonstrations.
There are a mixture of firefighters at the station. Some work for the service as work whole-time firefighters as well as being on-call. Our on-call firefighters range from being the local chimney sweep/stove fitter to working at a building society.
Silsden crews also attend incidents outside of Silsden as a back up to other stations. This could be Keighley, Ilkley, Bradford or any of our 40 fire stations across West Yorkshire. It could even be North Yorkshire (Skipton).
Silsden attended the biggest chemical fire West Yorkshire has ever experienced at Allied Colloids Ltd site in Low Moor, Bradford in 1992.
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