From the District

District Commander Andrew Farrell

The people of Kirklees can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work.

We have set out plans to prioritise our services in the community over the coming year and we would encourage you to take a look at these plans in detail.

Kirklees District Action Plan 2016-2017

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2016-2017

Our priorities are:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme.
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Provide a safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community.
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money.

The Kirklees district team aims:

  • To reduce the risk of fires occurring across Kirklees, with a particular focus on the higher risk areas of Dewsbury and Huddersfield.
  • To work with Kirklees partners to reduce the risk of fires and road traffic accidents, to protect people from serious harm.
  • Ensure operational crews are suitably trained to respond effectively to the risks within Kirklees.

The Kirklees district team will continue to build on the successful partnership working achieved so far. We intend to do this by further developing the friendship and partnership arrangements with the local Dementia support group; and continuing to support the Kirklees Road Safety Partnership. We are also looking forward to developing new partnerships, including working more closely with Kirklees Children’s Services.

We are currently planning a series of exercises within the rural area to test our arrangements for dealing with the risk of moorland fires.  The crews at Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe have the specialist skills and resources to deal with these types of incidents.  The risk of moorland fires tends to be seasonal with spring time being the ideal opportunity to test this specialist capability.

About this district

Kirklees is one of the largest metropolitan districts in England and Wales, with a population of 404,000 spread over an area of 157 square miles.

The area is a contrast between remote, rural areas and town centres. It includes a major motorway (M62) and rail network, together with risks such as Stendedge tunnel, three major hospitals and seven Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) sites.

Kirklees has a history of strong partnership work, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Kirklees District

Population 404,000+

Size of Area 157 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Cleckheaton Fire station


Cleckheaton Fire Station personnel strive to make Cleckheaton a safer place and reduce overall incidents by maintaining the ability to deal with fire and rescue when required.  The area incorporates…


The new Dewsbury Fire Station opened in August 2015.  It is located at Carlton Road and allows quick access onto Bradford Road (A652) and Halifax Road (A638) providing good links…


Oakroyd Hall was built in 1867 on what was the Halfway House Colliery. The house was occupied by several families until it was taken over by West Riding Council in…

External view of Holmfirth fire station


Holmfirth Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre, being approximately 219 metres above sea level.  The station covers an area of approximately 28 square…

External view of Huddersfield fire station


Huddersfield Fire Station, built in 1960, sits on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public. There is a population of 119,239 and the area incorporates…

External view of Meltham fire station


Meltham Fire Station is situated five miles west of Huddersfield and the village, with a population of approximately 8,000, is approximately 250 metres above sea level.  The fire station, built in…

External view of Mirfield fire station


Mirfield Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre.  The station covers the area north east of Huddersfield and is approximately 12 square…

External view of Skelmanthorpe fire station


Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre which is approximately 200 metres above sea level.  The station covers the area south of…

External view of Slaithwaite fire station


Slaithwaite Fire Station, built in 1962, is a retained station staffed by a mix of retained and wholetime retained personnel.  It is situated approximately 4 miles from Huddersfield and provides…


  • 18 Aug 2016

    Hanover Housing joins forces with Yorkshire’s finest to help protect residents

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  • 16 Mar 2016

    Emergency Services Training Exercise

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  • 08 Feb 2016

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  • 23 Nov 2015

    Firefighters join forces with Father Christmas for gift appeal!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is backing Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign, which aims to ensure no child goes without a gift this Christmas. In West…

  • 19 Nov 2015

    Local children benefit from proceeds of fire station open day

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  • 09 Nov 2015

    New Dewsbury Fire Station Officially Opens!

    The new Dewsbury fire station was officially opened on Monday, November 9, by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mr Tim Hare. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire…

  • 20 Oct 2015

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  • 02 Sep 2015

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  • 12 Aug 2015

    Active Day tackles arson in Liversedge estate

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  • 28 Jul 2015

    Rastrick Fire Station officially opened

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  • 24 Jul 2015

    Dewsbury New Build Update

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  • 17 Jul 2015

    New Rothwell Fire Station impresses!

    The new Rothwell Fire Station was officially opened yesterday at a ceremony attended by dignitaries, fire chiefs and construction bosses. The Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Michael Fox, was guest…

  • 16 Jul 2015

    ‘Cold Water Kills’ film reveals deadly dangers of swimming in reservoirs

    Since 2010 there have been around 20 deaths and 346 emergency rescues in the region’s waters A film that exposes the life threatening risks of swimming in reservoirs has been…

  • 16 Jul 2015

    Be a happy camper – summer safety tips!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) hopes everyone can enjoy the great outdoors safely this summer. Whether you’re camping, cooking or exploring, it’s worth taking a moment to check…

  • 30 Jun 2015

    Scooter Fire Leads To Safety Warning

    Around 40 residents evacuated from a block of sheltered housing flats after a fire involving four mobility scooters started in the basement garage yesterday evening. Four fire engines rushed to…

  • 29 Jun 2015

    Don’t Be A Silly Sausage – Take Heed Of Our BBQ Safety Tips During The Forecast Heatwave!

    Temperatures are set to soar this week and it’s the perfect opportunity to crack out the barbecue for a bit of alfresco dining. But you could be in for more…

  • 26 Jun 2015

    Brigade Celebrates Success Of Safety Work

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  • 26 Jun 2015

    Praise for Fire Service

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  • 19 Jun 2015

    Emergency Services Show Back By Popular Demand!

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  • 04 Jun 2015

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    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is celebrating today following the glitzy ceremony at John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, yesterday evening, hosted by TV newsreader Nina Hossain. Cleckheaton Fire Station’s…

  • 12 May 2015

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    Over a hundred teenagers will be graduating from the Young Firefighters Scheme tomorrow as proud parents and teachers look on. The teenagers, aged between 14 and 16-years-old, have all completed…

  • 25 Mar 2015

    Dewsbury Build Update

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  • 13 Mar 2015

    Sprinklers could save your business from going up in flames!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is once again supporting the national Fire Sprinkler Week which is in its second year running. Led by the Chief Fire Officers Association…

  • 13 Mar 2015

    Lulu the dog had lucky escape thanks to firefighters!

    Lulu the Dachshund caused quite a stir when she disappeared down a rabbit hole in woodland near Billing View, Rawdon on March 11. Technical Rescue Officer Ian Thompson was called…

  • 11 Mar 2015

    New smoke alarms law will save more lives

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue have welcomed today’s announcement that the government plans to introduce vital life-saving legislation on smoke alarms in rented properties ahead of the General Election. New…

  • 26 Feb 2015

    Firefighter strike passes with no major incident

    The latest 24-hour Fire Brigades Union firefighter strike has come to an end without major incident across West Yorkshire. Whilst contingency crews have dealt with a steady stream and varied…

  • 25 Feb 2015

    Incidents during first 10 hours of firefighter strike

    During the first 10 hours of national industrial action, taken by the Fire Brigades Union, we have experienced a day largely characterised by calls triggered by automatic fire alarms. However,…

  • 16 Feb 2015

    Fire Brigades Union calls 49th period of strike action

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has been informed that a 24-hour period of strike action will take place from 0700 hrs on February 25. This is the first…

  • 16 Feb 2015

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  • 13 Feb 2015

    Have a safe and happy Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year celebrations start next Thursday (February 19) and continue until March 5. The New Year represents a major event in the Chinese calendar which brings large families together…

  • 11 Feb 2015

    Enjoy National Chip Week Safely

    There’s no denying we are a nation of chip lovers – but our reluctance to ditch the pan can put us at risk of fire. In the last three years…

  • 09 Feb 2015

    Put your electrical appliance safety first!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is backing a new website which calls for people to register their appliances for a safer home. The website encourages the public…

  • 06 Feb 2015

    Dewsbury Build Update

    Work is progressing well, with the build slightly ahead of schedule due to the relatively mild weather we have had this year so far. The first two photographs below show the…

  • 05 Feb 2015

    Brian McFadden visits firefighters for TV campaign raising awareness of prostate and testicular cancer

    This morning West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) hosted former Westlife singer Brian McFadden and his wife Vogue Williams for the ITV’s Lorraine show ‘Check Your Chaps’ feature. The…

  • 05 Feb 2015

    Huddersfield Town director Sean Jarvis spreads fire safety message after blaze at home

    The commercial director of Huddersfield Town Football Club has personally thanked firefighters who attended his Southowram home after a freak blaze broke out. Following the incident last week, Sean Jarvis…

  • 03 Feb 2015

    Firefighters support prostate and testicular cancer awareness campaign!

    West Yorkshire firefighters are helping to save lives in more ways than usual this week! Our crews, who do not hesitate in running into a burning building when necessary, have…

  • 30 Jan 2015

    Fire service takes part in positive mental health project

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) employees are taking part in a creative project to promote better mental health. The project is led by arts and mental health organisation,…

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Draft Service Plan 2015-2020

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has developed the electronic Service Plan 2015-2020, which outlines the Service’s key priorities and objectives and builds upon the delivery and achievement of…

  • 22 Jan 2015

    Mock-up road traffic accident highlights driver dangers

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  • 13 Jan 2015

    2015: Make time to test!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to put smoke alarm testing at the top of their priority list in 2015. During the past two years, around a…

  • 09 Jan 2015

    Dewsbury Build Update

    The new Dewsbury station is now moving forward at a very fast pace due to the very mild weather in December 2014 and this continuing mild weather has allowed building work…

  • 08 Jan 2015

    Windy weather expected – take extra care

    The Met Office has issued a number of severe weather warnings for northern parts of the UK as two Atlantic storms are set to bring strong winds. Yorkshire has been…

  • 05 Jan 2015

    Safety warning after dog owner plunges into icy lake to rescue pet

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  • 19 Dec 2014

    Fire brigade delivers top customer service to West Yorkshire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has achieved the coveted Customer Service Excellence (CSE) standard in recognition of the first class provision we offer the county. The Service was…

  • 11 Dec 2014

    A song to save lives

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  • 11 Dec 2014

    ‘Pick up’ some fire safety advice on the buses!

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  • 10 Dec 2014

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    E-cigarettes may well be a popular item on Christmas wish lists this year with an estimated 2.1 million Britons using them.  However, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has…

  • 10 Dec 2014

    Firefighter strike comes to close with no major incidents across West Yorkshire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has experienced no major incidents during the 24 hrs national firefighter strike. As the strike came to a close at 0900 hrs today…

  • 09 Dec 2014

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    The first eight hours of firefighter strike have proved to be fairly quiet for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS). However, we are mindful that severe gales are forecast…

  • 08 Dec 2014

    Helping businesses to stay safe

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is supporting a campaign to help businesses manage their risk of fire. Business Safety Week (8-14 December 2014) has been scheduled to run…


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