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

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…

Dewsbury

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…

Headquarters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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