Dramatic changes over four decades

Fire Engines Outside 4th June 1971
Fire Engines Outside 4th June 1971

BRIGHOUSE Fire Station is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Firefighters past and present have been serving the area from the base on Lister Street since 1971 after moving from their original headquarters opposite the Smith Art Gallery when the town’s first fire brigade was formed in the 1890’s.

Over four decades the change in vehicles, equipment and the role firefighters play have been quite dramatic.

Brighouse and Elland Station Commander Andy Crowther said the firefighters were able to look back with a great deal of pride on the work their colleagues have done over the past four decades.

“It is interesting to think about the number of people we have helped over the years in our response and protection work and what a firefighter of 40 years ago would make of the range of equipment and modern fire engines of today,” he said.

“The fire service has a proud history and it is right that we remember that. The modern fire service now works in very different and innovative ways to provide community protection, but the simple principle of doing our best when called upon will always be there.”

Brighouse firefighters have attended many major incidents that have occurred in West Yorkshire including the Valley Parade tragedy and the blaze at the Allied Colloids chemical plant, Low Moor.

The station has also seen many major mill blazes on its own patch but these have become far less frequent as the types of industry in the town have changed over the years.

At its base, it has housed many different types of fire engine, with changes made as the risks faced by firefighters evolved.

As well as carrying out normal fightfighting duties, Brighouse crews are also a specialist water rescue team and have a rescue boat for use in major flooding incidents.

n Have you had good reason to thank Brighouse fire crews over the last 40 years?

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