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 2017-2018

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2017-2018

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. This year we will expand the scope of previous prevention campaigns. Our actions will focus more on working in partnership to support the wider health and social care agenda. The overall aim of this work is to continue reducing fire risk, while improving quality of life for the most vulnerable members of our communities
  • 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 locally:

  • Leeds crews now staff a new Combined Aerial Rescue Pump [CARP]. You will see this exciting new appliance regularly out on the streets of Leeds and around the City Centre. 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
  • Rawdon fire station now works a new shift system “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.  This new model provides a significant year-on-year saving
  • The new fire station build project that would have seen Cookridge and Moortown fire stations close and be replaced by a new fire station built off the outer Ring Road junction with Black Moor Road has now been suspended pending a review of alternative fire cover arrangements
  • 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  – We are currently developing a new Safe & Well Visit in consulting with local partners including health, police and third sector to target and support the most vulnerable within our local communities.  The visit will be a holistic HFSC and will identify health and well-being issues that frontline crews can directly signpost to relevant agencies. Please follow the link to a short video about the safe and well visits.
  • Front Door Domestic Violence Project – This project is designed to improve the safety and support of victims of domestic violence and abuse.  Leeds district are 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.  Frontline crews then attend the properties to complete 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 and contribute to service delivery
  • Leeds Adult Social Care and Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust – 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 focused on was real engagement with our key partners.  Serious incident reviews indicated that many of the individuals who are injured or killed in fires are engaging with other services.  Leeds district now have a full-time seconded Watch Manager working in the Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust and Leeds Adult Social Care.  The purpose of this post is to change the culture of staff to recognise fire risks when working in the community, influence policy change and further embed partnership arrangements.  WYFRS 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 effective risk reduction of very high risk individuals
  • Leeds district staff and Leeds white watch are working effectively with the River Side Safety Group on water safety initiatives to prevent loss of life or injury in the River Aire.  Media campaigns and a focus on “Don’t Drink and Drown” has seen new throw lines and safety boards located at numerous sites along the River Aire.  These boards give advice to would be rescuers and importantly an accurate location for responding crews along with a potentially lifesaving throw line
  • Killingbeck Fire Station will soon see West Yorkshire Police colleagues join frontline fire crews in a co-location initiative that will promote closer liaison, interagency communication and significant financial efficiencies.  Neighbourhood policing teams are expected to be working from Killingbeck fire station in the next few months

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 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, this includes the mainly residential areas of Garforth, Swillington, Allerton Bywater, Great Preston and Little Preston, bordering with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Garforth…

External view of Hunslet fire station


Located on Dewsbury Road, and built in 1964, Hunslet fire station covers the residential areas of Beeston, Cross Flatts, Holbeck, Middleton, Belle Isle and the new high rise developments that…

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


Built in 1997, Leeds Fire Station provides an excellent service to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. The team is made up of a station commander and…

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. Morley station covers the area of Morley and locations of Drighlington, Gildersome, Churwell, West and East Ardsley,…

External view of Otley fire station


Otley Fire Station covers the town of Otley and also the wider area of Menston, Weston and Askwith. The station is managed by a station commander and is staffed by a…

External view of Rawdon fire station


Rawdon Fire Station was built in 1974 and serves the areas of Rawdon, Yeadon, Guiseley, Hawksworth, Menston and parts of Apperley Bridge. The station is situated on Green Lane and…


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 on 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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