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Save Haworth Fire Station

Update 11 September 2017 Haworth Fire Station has been bought by a private company for 340,000; 65,000 above the asking price.

Update 24 July 2016 The Fire Station is now on the market bringing an end to 200 years of Fire Fighting in the Worth Valley.

Update 26 January 2015 Friends of Haworth & Worth Valley Fire Station has been formed to Save Our Station. Updates are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Haworth-Worth-Valley-Fire-Station

Save Haworth Fire StationJoin the March this Saturday 20th December, meeting at Haworth Fire Station at 1pm This is about everyone in the Worth Valley which Haworth Fire Station has served. Image left; March on 20th December 2014.

Haworth fire station is due to close at midnight 31st December 2014. Local people are trying a last bid attempt to stop its closure, this is the last chance, once it has gone it will end 148 years of fire service for the people of the Worth Valley.

Keighley Fire Station has been reduced from two fire engines to just one, this will impact on our safety, not just fires to put out, road traffic accidents, cellars to pump out, moor fires. Two major incidents that have tested the fire services in the past 10 years on this website are the Floods of 2004 here... and Ebor Mill fire in 2010 here...

If you care about the safety of our villages. please join in the march this Saturday and show your support.

Updates are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/save-haworth-fire-station

The History of Haworth Fire Brigade
In 1866 Haworth Fire Brigade was formed:

30th January, 1866
That the Clerk make as much inquiry as possible about the cost and practical working of fire engines and order one as soon as possible.

4th July 1871
That the fire brigade be allowed 5 a year as remuneration for keeping the engine and apparatus in efficient working condition.

2nd January, 1872
The Clerk also read a letter from the captain of the fire brigade of which the following is a copy.
I wish to bring before you the following for your consideration. We are in want of 200 yards of canvas piping, a new set of suction pipes, one new stand pipe, and the old one repairing that was broken by the surveyor so that he can use it any time without fetching ours. If we get the new piping the surveyor can have one or two lengths of the old for his own use as we wish to have ours to ourselves. Also we wish you to grant us 10 a year instead of the five you have granted us so that we shall not have to go round at Christmas. Waiting for your reply I am gentlemen your humble servant.
W Greenwood
Captain of the fire brigade

17th November, 1892
That as the Board have at present a Fire Brigade and appliances, and are considering the advisability of purchasing a new apparatus they at present decline to join in the formation of a joint Fire Brigade with Bingley, Oakworth and Oxenhope Local Boards.

4th January, 1910
That the number of firemen be increased to 10 and two of them live at Cross Roads and be responsible for keeping the equipment there in good order, and two to be responsible at North Street and the remainder of the men be responsible for the apparatus at Belle Isle.

1st March, 1910
That a contract be entered into with the National Telephone Company Ltd and for telephones and alarm bells for fire brigade purposes as per their specifications A & B. in the sum of 28, and that three firemen live at Cross Roads and three at North Street within 300 yards of the respective fire stations instead of two in each case as set out in minute of Council, 4th January, 1910.

4 June 1912
that the old tool house behind the Council's offices be altered and made suitable for central fire station and that the Fire Brigade Sub Committee be empowered to carry out the work necessary at an estimated cost of 12.

January 2, 1917
That a letter of sympathy be sent to the family relations of Garnett Walton, a member of the Council's Fire Brigade who has been killed in battle in France.

July 3, 1923
That the Chairman of the committee and Messers Wood and Whitaker look into question of repairs to doors at fire station, North Street, obtain tenders for the work and report to the next meeting of this committee.
January 5, 1932
That a letter be sent to the Fire Brigade Superintendent, John K Toothill, on the resignation of his office, thanking him for his 40 years service under the Council.

1st March, 1932
That application be made to the Council for permission to rent the Belle Isle depot from the highways Department, for use as a Fire Brigade station.

April 5, 1932
That all Fire Brigade apparatus be removed to Mill Hey station forthwith.

6th August 1935
That a letter be sent to the Police Authorities requesting that in cases of fire occurring in the Councils District, before they communicate with the Keighley Corporation Fire Brigade, they first communicate with the Haworth Fire Brigade and ascertain if they are in a position to deal with outbreak

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