From the District

District Commander Russ Hepton

The people of Leeds 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.

Leeds District Action Plan 2016-2017

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2016-2017

Our priorities are to:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme.
    In simple terms, we want to prevent fires occurring in the first place. To date, our actions have been extremely successful in this area and we have saved lives. We intend to work with partner agencies and target those most at risk to continue this 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.


What’s happening:

  • Leeds crews are training on the new Combined Aerial Rescue Pump [CARP]. We fully expect this exciting new appliance to be visible on the streets of Leeds City Centre over the coming months.  This appliance combines aerial rescue and firefighting capability with regular frontline fire appliance capacity. Significant on-going revenue efficiencies are secured by a reduction in staff.
  • District staff are working to implement a new project at Rawdon fire station that will produce a significant year-on-year saving, the shift system of the appliance will be changed by August 2016 to Day Crewing.  Fire crews will work days on the station 08:00hrs to 17:00hrs and then respond on-call from home during the evening and early morning.
  • Leeds district staff will soon begin working on a new build project that will see Cookridge and Moortown fire stations close on the completion of a new fire station expected to be built off the outer Ring Road junction with Black Moor Road.  This project should formally begin late in 2016 with a projected completion of approximately January 2018.
  • Housing Leeds Secondments – We currently have three members of staff seconded full time from Housing Leeds, the largest housing provider within Leeds with 57,000 properties across the city.  The purpose of the three posts are to complete Home Fire Safety Checks [HFSC] within their housing stock thus reducing the risk of fire for tenants and improving the fire safety provision through maintenance and repairs.
  • Over the next two years five Housing Leeds high-rise blocks within Leeds will receive a full retro-fit sprinkler system installation designed to protect high-rise tenants from fire.
  • Safe and Well Pilot – We are currently consulting with local partners including health, police and third sector to develop a Leeds based Safe and Well Visit.  The visit will be a holistic HFSC and will identify health and well-being issues that frontline crews can directly signpost to relevant agencies.  We will pilot phase one of this visit shortly, ideally within a day crewing station area, with a view to evaluating and measuring outcomes.
  • Front Door Domestic Violence Project – This project is a new initiative designed to improve the safety and support of victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Leeds district is actively engaged in the Front Door Domestic Violence Project.  On a daily basis WYFRS receive referrals for HFSCs for victims of domestic violence from the previous 24 hours.  Crews attend the properties to complete standard HFSCs.  This is a new area of work for WYFRS and has presented new challenges. We are an active member of the operational steering group board and contribute to service delivery.
  • Leeds Adult Social Care and Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust – During 2015 senior brigade managers gave Leeds district an opportunity to review our Prevention Strategy and develop innovative ways of reducing risk within the district.  An area we decided to focus on was real engagement with our key partners.  Serious incident reviews learning indicate that many of the individuals who are injured or killed in fires are engaging with other services.  Leeds district now have full-time seconded Watch Managers working in the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust and Leeds Adult Social Care.  The purpose of these posts is to change the culture of staff to recognise fire risks when working in the community, influence policy change and further embed partnership arrangements.  The two WYFRS members of staff have been well received by the host organisations and we are yielding results in relation to an increase in the number of quality referrals from both organisations and risk reduction for very high risk individuals.
  • Leeds district staff are working effectively with the River Side Safety Group to prevent loss of life or injury in the City Centre locations directly adjacent to the River Aire.

About this district

Leeds district covers an area of approximately 213 square miles with a population of 750,000, made up of 130 different nationalities.

Leeds is the most important financial, legal and business centre outside London.
There are a number of high risk sites, including two major hospitals, two large sports stadiums and a number of large shopping outlets. The area’s main transport links are Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds Railway Station, the M1, M62 and M621 motorways and A1 trunk road.

Leeds is home to the successful East Leeds Young Firefighters scheme, based at Gipton Fire Station and the district includes a community safety department and arson task force.

Leeds District

Population 750,000+

Size of Area 213 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Cookridge fire station


Cookridge Fire Station was constructed in 1990 and the station area covers the north western part of Leeds that includes the mainly residential locations of Cookridge, Tinshill, Holt Park, Ireland Wood, Horsforth,…

External view of Garforth fire station


Garforth Station, built in 1985, serves a population of 45,297 people and covers the eastern part of Leeds district which is approximately 34.70 square miles. This includes the mainly residential…

External view of Hunslet fire station


Located on Dewsbury Road, Hunslet covers the residential areas of Beeston, Cross Flatts, Holbeck, Middleton, Belle Isle and the new high rise developments that border the River Aire. There is…

Killingbeck Fire Station


Killingbeck Fire Station, opened on 6th October 2015, is located on the A64 York Road and allows easy access to East Leeds and the City Centre.  The station also provides effective…

External view of Leeds fire station


Leeds Fire Station provides an excellent service to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. The station serves a population of 65,526 and the area incorporates 29,238 dwellings….

External view of Moortown fire station


Moortown Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated at the Harrogate Road end of Stonegate Road. It houses one operational wholetime fire appliance. The station is staffed by a station…

External view of Morley fire station


Morley Fire Station is located on Corporation Street and was built in 1961. The station protects a population of 57,677 people and covers the area of Morley and locations of…

External view of Otley fire station


Otley Fire Station covers the town of Otley and also the wider area of Menston, Weston and Askwith with a station area of approximately seven square miles. The station is managed…

External view of Rawdon fire station


Rawdon Fire Station was built in 1974 and serves an area of approximately sixteen square miles including the areas of Rawdon, Yeadon, Guiseley, Hawksworth, Menston and parts of Apperley Bridge….


Rothwell Fire Station, which has recently been re-built, is located on Carlton Lane. The previous 1963 station building was demolished in 2014 and a brand new facility was built of the…

External view of Stanningley fire station


Stanningley Fire Station is located at the junction of Stanningley Road and Swinnow Lane and covers the western part of Leeds, which includes the mainly residential areas of Pudsey, Bramley,…

External view of Wetherby fire station


Wetherby Fire Station, built in 1957, is situated in the centre of the small market town and houses one operational fire appliance that is staffed on the day crew system….


  • 08 Feb 2016

    Be part of the action!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is now accepting applications for on-call firefighters to serve rural areas of the county. Firefighters are needed to work on a standby basis to…

  • 27 Nov 2015

    Safety advice for wood burning stoves

    The winter weather is kicking in and many people will be thinking of lighting stoves to keep homes cosy and warm. There appears to have been an increase in the…

  • 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…

  • 23 Nov 2015

    Leeds district supports Road Safety Week

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Leeds district are supporting the national Road Safety Week awareness campaign, led by charity Brake (between November 23 and 29). Whilst road traffic collisions…

  • 05 Aug 2015

    Fire Service joins forces with The Prince’s Trust for summertime skills course for young people!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with The Prince’s Trust to run a summertime course for young people that combines boxing with life skills. The 16…

  • 24 Jul 2015

    Killingbeck New Build Update

    These photographs show the current progress of construction of the new fire station at Killingbeck.

  • 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…

  • 24 Jun 2015

    Killingbeck Update

    The new station is starting to take shape with the completion of the internal and external brickwork.  Current ongoing work includes the first fix plumbing and electrical works and preparing…

  • 01 Jun 2015

    Rothwell Build Complete

    These three images show the new Rothwell station building from the rear, front and side.

  • 02 May 2015

    Leeds District Cracking Down On Arson!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is cracking down on arson and Leeds district is no exception. But this reckless crime is still blighting communities across the city and…

  • 13 Apr 2015

    Mock Rescue From River Aire In Leeds Aims To Highlight Dangers During Drowning Prevention Week

    A firefighter’s job is not just to pull people out of burning buildings. Each year, young and old get into trouble in Yorkshire’s rivers, canals, lakes and weirs and a…

  • 18 Feb 2015

    Killingbeck Update

    The completed steelwork for the new station is now in place as can be seen from the first picture below of the rear elevation.  On the left of this picture is the…

  • 18 Feb 2015

    Rothwell Update

    Building work continues with the new station starting to take shape.  The next phase of the build will see the engine house completed and the front of the building landscaped. …

  • 28 Jan 2015

    Young family rescued from house in one of three chip pan fires overnight

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to be vigilant when using chip pans after firefighters attended three blazes overnight involving cooking. As a result of one…

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Competition winners enjoy morning as firefighter!

    A group of Year 5 children from West Yorkshire’s primary schools got a taste of life as a firefighter today as their prize for winning our Christmas Fire Safety Poster…

  • 14 Jan 2015

    Graduate thanks firefighters for excellent work after they rescued her from wreckage of smashed car

    Zoe Turner has been reunited with the fire crew that came to her aid after the taxi she was travelling in was involved in a horrific collision with a cement…

  • 19 Dec 2014

    Killingbeck Update

    Now that the extensive ground works have been completed; the steel frame for the main buliding can start to be erected.  From the first picture below we can see the appertures for…

  • 19 Dec 2014

    Rothwell Update

    The steelwork has now been erected for the main appliance bay.  The construction of the new station is being completed in ‘phases’ to allow operational cover throughout the build. The…

  • 21 Nov 2014

    NHS worker rescues elderly lady from house fire!

    A Clinical Assistant has been commended by the fire service for her quick-thinking actions which saved an elderly woman’s life. Rosemary Othick, who is an Intermediate Care Clinical Assistant working…

  • 29 Oct 2014

    Rothwell Build Footage

    To view time lapse footage of the on-going Rothwell station build click on the image below.

  • 20 Oct 2014

    Rothwell Update

    These three photographs show the progress of the station build.  

  • 17 Oct 2014

    Rawdon and Otley fire stations to stay open under new emergency response plans

    Due to difficulties in identifying a suitable site for a new fire station in Menston, which was due to be replacing Otley and Rawdon stations, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue…

  • 15 Oct 2014

    Killingbeck Update

    Current work on the site includes the installation of large drains that are required for the completion of the development.  Once these are installed, work will begin on the foundations…

  • 05 Oct 2014

    Rothwell Visit

    Two local Councillors visited the site today to take a look first hand at how the new fire station is taking shape.  After speaking with the on-duty crew and representatives…

  • 19 Sep 2014

    A grand is donated towards helping a Pudsey youngster

    Cookridge Fire Station Open Day has been hailed ‘the best yet’ after it raised over £1,700 for three worthy causes. The community flocked to the station, in Otley Old Road,…

  • 07 Sep 2014

    Killingbeck Work Commences

    Work has now started on the new Killingbeck Fire Station, which is located on York Road, Leeds. The programme for the actual construction will take approximately one year with the…

  • 07 Sep 2014

    Rothwell Update

    Following the construction of the main steel frame, the walls are now nearing completion and the main roof section has been installed. The next phase will see the external ‘Trespa’…

  • 05 Sep 2014

    Killingbeck Sod Cutting

    The official sod-cutting ceremony to mark commencment of the building of the new Killingbeck Fire Station took place on Friday 5th September. Present at the ceremony were (left to right)…

  • 26 Aug 2014

    Firefighters join fundraising mission to give six-year-old Maddie Laws a voice!

    Firefighters have pledged their support to six-year-old Maddie Laws who suffers from a genetic condition which means she cannot talk, walk properly or feed herself. Crews will be giving half…

  • 28 Jul 2014

    Boy hospitalised following water rescue in Keighley

    Fire crews were called to an area close to Tinker Bridge, North Dean Road, Keighley yesterday (Sunday, July 27) at 11.52 hrs following reports of a boy in difficulty in…

  • 23 Jul 2014

    School’s out – stay safe this holiday period!

    Schools across West Yorkshire have recently broken-up for the annual six week holiday and with the sunny weather on our doorsteps, youngsters will have been taking the opportunity to get…

  • 09 Jul 2014

    Electrical fire sparks safety warning

    Firefighters are urging people to wise-up to electrical fire safety following a blaze in Leeds. One man was rescued by firefighters from a high-rise flat in the Woodhouse area and…

  • 01 Jul 2014

    Killingbeck – Work to start mid-August

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are pleased to announce that Wildgoose Construction are the successful contractors for both the Killingbeck and Carlton Road, Dewsbury new fire stations. Work is…

  • 27 Jun 2014

    Rothwell Construction Begins

    The fitting of the steel frame for the new station began this week.  The steel erectors will complete the main building framework first and then return to complete the engine…

  • 02 Jun 2014

    Rothwell Demolition Complete

    The main building has now gone leaving the original tower and adjacent rooms which will be incorporated into the design of the new station.  These rooms will provide additional storage…

  • 30 May 2014

    Rothwell Fire Station Rebuild Starting

    The community of Rothwell is a step closer to benefitting from a brand new facility as construction work on the new fire station, in Carlton Lane, Leeds, is set to…

  • 27 May 2014

    Rothwell Sod Cutting Ceremony

    On May 27th the ‘Sod Cutting’ ceremony took place to mark the start of the construction phase of the new building.  So far things are going to plan with the…

  • 21 May 2014

    Emergency services exercise simulates fire during concert

    Around 100 members of the public took part in an emergency services training exercise simulating a fire at the First Direct Arena in Leeds city centre yesterday (May 20). The…

  • 30 Apr 2014

    Fatal house fire in Leeds

    Fire crews were called to a house fire at a property in Farfield Court, Garforth, just after 6.30pm yesterday evening (29.04.14). The incident was a persons reported and five engines…

  • 04 Dec 2013

    Rothwell New Build

    Artists impression

  • 01 Dec 2013

    Killingbeck Artists Impression

    Artist’s impression


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