From the District
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.
- 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.
Size of Area 213 miles2
Fire stations in this district
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,…
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…
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, 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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
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….