Independent News Services

 More Changes Due in
Countywide Shake - up

If changes are adopted on September the 7th a drastic change will take place to the future of west Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.
West Yorkshire’s chief fire officer is to recommend a further stage of changes to emergency cover. If released for public consultation by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority on 7 September, Mr. Pilling’s proposals would see the number of full-time firefighter posts reduce by 200 but eventually deliver revenue savings of £8m.



*  Rationalise emergency cover in the Keighley and Haworth areas by closing Haworth  Fire Station and removing one fire appliance from Keighley

*  Merge Shipley and Idle fire stations at a new site between the two

*  Replace one appliance at Odsal with the command unit vehicle

*  Introduce a fire response unit (FRU) at Fairweather Green to replace one fire engine


*  Merge Hunslet and Morley fire stations at a two-appliance station between the two

*  Merge Rothwell and Garforth at a one-appliance station between the two

*  Merge Cookridge and Moortown at a one-appliance station between the two

*  Remove an appliance from Stanningley


*  Rationalise emergency cover in the Wakefield city area by building a replacement fire

   station for Ossett closer to the city and removing one appliance from Wakefield


*  Rationalise cover in the Colne Valley by closing Marsden Fire Station


*  Align emergency cover in the Halifax area to risk by removing one appliance from Halifax Fire Station

Fire Chief announces county-wide fire cover plans Full report

David Williams, the FBU’s West Yorkshire brigade secretary, has warned the cuts will slow response times.

He said: “A few seconds delay can be the difference between saving a life and failing to save it.”

Fire service backs plan to close Haworth station

White Rose site for new fire station?

Concerns over plan to merge fire stations

MP David Ward hits out over plans to merge Shipley and Idle fire ...

Investment in firefighter safety


The station at Gipton, east Leeds, is among 10 in the county being closed as part of cost-cutting measures. Local people who campaigned against the closure are applying to English Heritage to have the "beautiful" 1930s building listed to protect it. Firefighters have just celebrated the station's 75th anniversary.

David Williams, from the Fire Brigades' Union, said: "To reach 75 operational years is a momentous occasion. "The station being listed would be a fitting tribute and will ensure the building will be left for the people of east Leeds. "It will be a lasting memorial for all those who have worked in the fire and rescue service."

West Yorkshire Fire Authority approved the closure of Gipton and the nine other stations - Stanks, Rawdon, Otley, Brighouse, Elland, Hemsworth, South Elmsall, Batley and Dewsbury - last December. They will be replaced with five new "super stations" at Killingbeck, Menston, Rastrick, South Kirkby and Batley Carr.

Fire Brigades’ Union urges people in Bradford to speak out over cuts

Shipley Fire Station could be closed if the cuts go ahead
Shipley one of the stations marked for closure

Under the changes, response times to get to incidents in Idle and Thackley would increase by an estimated three minutes and 34 seconds, in the Worth Valley by three minutes and 47 seconds and for Shipley three minutes and 17 seconds, More...........

Further raised concerns over Fire Plans

Morley Fire Station closure proposals ‘irresponsible beyond belief’

Steeton and Silsden councils' fire cover fears

Fire fighters charity and Web site Donation Button

Fire Events Calendar

No upcoming events

Recent Blog Entries

by Graham Hopwood | 6 comments
by John Stead | 1 comment
by Aelesia | 0 comments
by tim ansell | 6 comments

Recent Site Images

No Enlargements Available

Incident 2007 Nelson Street Bradford

West Yorkshire Early Badge

Bradford ERF  Appliance 1974

XKU 999 Bradford water Tender (A112)

Mill Fire Bradford 2004

Fire in Halifax 1986

RTC Staithgate Lane Bradford

USAR Teams in action

Busby's Bradford Fire

XKU999 70's Bradford

Fire at Batley

Co-op Fire Bradford

Line Up Kirkstall Road

       New Fire Link Radio Scheme