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 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnqehE7maIw
- 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.
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….