From the District

District Commander Tim Jones

The people of Wakefield 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.

Wakefield 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.


 What’s happening in Wakefield district…

To give you an insight to how we work within your area:

A district command team consisting of the district commander an assistant district commander who has responsibility for operational matters and training and an assistant district manager with responsibility for Community Safety along with several teams based at the district headquarters at Wakefield fire station are tasked with providing an operational fire service that works with the community to reduce the risk from fire, whether this be in the home, workplace or the wider community.

These teams are:

  • Community Fire Safety
  • Fire Protection

To assist us with our aim of reducing the incidence of fire, we have developed several partnerships with other agencies including:

  • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Family Services
  • The Mental Health Rapid Access Scheme
  • Wakefield District Housing
  • Wakefield District Community Healthcare
  • Wakefield Society for Deaf People
  • Victim Support

About this district

The district covers some 219 square miles and is home to 315,000 people in a diverse range of city, urban and rural communities.

Since the demise of the coal mining industry, the district has become the base for a number of distribution and manufacturing companies.

The fire and rescue service is a key partner on a number of groups in the district, with focus on arson reduction, youth inclusion (such as the Young Firefighters scheme, which started in Wakefield) fire safety enforcement, and road traffic collision reduction.

Wakefield District

Population 315,000+

Size of Area 219 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Castleford fire station


Castleford Fire Station, built in 1972, is located centrally in the community which it serves. The population of the area is 36,570 incorporating a total of 15,742 dwellings. Castleford and…

External view of Featherstone fire station


The small town of Featherstone is situated to the east of Wakefield and is in a predominantly rural area with a population of 16,198 incorporating 6,815 dwellings. Featherstone Fire Station,…

Normanton Fire Station


Normanton Fire Station, has recently been upgraded from a retained duty system to wholetime and is the first station in West Yorkshire to operate a new close call duty system….


Work started on the new station in September 2015, the schedule for building was 52 weeks, and was completed six weeks early. The site hosts a two bay appliance room with…

Pontefract Fire Station


The station, covers the eastern section of the Wakefield district and includes the villages of Wentbridge, Ackworth, Darrington and East Hardwick and also the residential areas of Carleton, Chequerfield, Willow…

South Kirkby Fire Station

South Kirkby

South Kirkby Fire Station opened on 16 January 2015. The station covers a population of around 11,000 and is close to the southern border of West Yorkshire. The siting of…

External view of Wakefield fire station


Wakefield Fire Station area covers 35 square miles incorporating a diverse community of over 91,951 people. The area consists of a variety of industrial, commercial, residential and rural locations together…


  • 29 Feb 2016

    Open Day promotes healthy ageing in Wakefield!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has joined forces with partners to promote fire safety and good health in the over 60s. We are hosting a ‘Sloppy Slippers’ Open…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 02 Sep 2015

    Work begins on new Ossett Fire Station

    A sod-cutting ceremony took place today to mark the beginning of construction work on a new fire station in Ossett. Councillor Tracey Austin, Vice Chair of the Fire Authority, sank…

  • 29 May 2015

    Wakefield Fire Stations Support Safer Places Scheme

    Fire stations in Wakefield district have signed up to the Safer Places Scheme. The voluntary scheme, managed by Wakefield District Council, supports vulnerable people with dementia, autism and learning disabilities….

  • 10 Apr 2015

    Public Invited To Watch Water Rescue Exercise At Pontefract Park

    The Wakefield district is supporting the national Water Safety and Drowning Prevention Week which starts on Monday (April 13). West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) hope to raise awareness…

  • 27 Feb 2015

    Dignitaries impressed after first glimpse of new South Kirkby Fire Station

    Dignitaries and community members were thoroughly impressed with the new South Kirkby Fire Station after a ‘first glimpse’ during its official opening today. Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, David Dinmore…

  • 05 Jan 2015

    Safety warning issued after cigarette starts house fire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued a safety warning after a discarded cigarette started a fire at a house in Castleford Road, Normanton, on Friday evening (Jan…

  • 02 Oct 2014

    Making a dramatic difference to fire safety!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with award winning theatre company, Performance in Education, to deliver a hard-hitting fire safety production. “Flashpoint” addresses issues surrounding youth…

  • 29 Jul 2014

    Boat safety advice issued after couple rescued in Castleford

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety advice to prevent fires on vessels after a couple had a lucky escape from a boat fire on Sunday afternoon (July…

  • 28 Apr 2014

    Increase in domestic fires in Pontefract leads to advice

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued some fire safety advice following an increase in house fires in the Pontefract and Knottingley areas during March and April this…