WEEKLY DRILL SESSION | WEDNESDAY 1830-2130
Watch Commander | Matthew Green
Watch Commander Mathew Green has worked at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service for 23 years. Matthew is a keen cyclist and has cycled all over Europe!
About the station
Slaithwaite Fire station was built in 1962.
The station is situated approximately four miles from Huddersfield and provides fire cover for the Colne Valley. The population of the station area is approximately 18,594 and incorporates 7,906 dwellings.
Crews attend a varying degree of incidents from moorland fires to attending road traffic collisions on high moorland roads and on the M62.
Slaithwaite firefighters are at the heart of the community and take part in community and fundraising events where possible. In 2017, as part of Children In Need, the crew laid hose out from Slaithwaite fire station to Huddersfield fire station – collecting money as they went. They laid and rolled out some 4.5 miles worth of hose.
Crew members at Slaithwaite also have jobs at: Daval Furniture, care homes, TMS Software, as a farrier, as a plumber and as a textile engineer.
Large parts of the station area cover the moorlands above Marsden. These areas are of Special Scientific (SSI) status; which is the highest protection level within the UK and Europe for it unique habit of blanket bog, moorland vegetation and wildlife.
Within Slaithwaite station area are Standage Tunnels. These are the longest and deepest tunnels in the UK and were completed between late 1700’s to mid-1800’s.