The new Rastrick Fire Station officially opened today when dignitaries gathered to celebrate its launch.
Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Virginia Lloyd was guest of honour for the formalities and unveiling ceremony at the new build station, on the junction of Clough Lane and Slade Lane.
The ceremony was followed by a demonstration by firefighters showing a mock road traffic collision extrication.
The Deputy Lieutenant said: “I was thrilled to be here today to see this facility. It is so encouraging that new stations are being built here in West Yorkshire.
“I was very proud and honoured to be part of the opening ceremony today. We were entertained by a wonderful demonstration from the watch.”
Situated to the south east of Halifax, the new station is a replacement for its whole-time predecessors at Elland and Brighouse. The location provides a quick response into Brighouse, Elland and the higher risk area of north Huddersfield; it is also ideally situated to provide quick access to the M62. The station area is semi-rural; it has a population of approximately 57,000 and incorporates around 24,000 dwellings.
The team at Rastrick is made up of a Station Commander Gareth Atkins (who also commands Mytholmroyd and Todmorden fire stations), 24 firefighters and a station clerk. The crewing system at Rastrick provides fire cover 24-hours a day, 365 days per year. The station has a specialist water rescue capacity, housing a powerboat with all the crew highly trained in swift water rescue.
It also boasts a fully accessible multi-purpose room, which is available for community use and may be shared with our service partners, such as Neighbourhood Policing Teams.
Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “The new fire station at Rastrick represents a significant investment by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority having cost close to £2.4 million to build, including the land purchase.
“The Authority should be applauded for their courage in identifying the necessary resources and supporting my desire to continue to modernise the service even during times of financial constraint.
“This new station will provide a modern facility from which to deliver our highly effective emergency response and community safety activities to Rastrick and the surrounding areas for many years to come.”
Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes added: “Rastrick now has a state-of-the-art fire station that will serve both the general public and business communities for many years to come and I wish to convey the thanks of the Fire and Rescue Authority to all those involved in delivering the new station.”
The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Councillor Ferman Ali and Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Shaheen Ali, as well as local councillors.
The consolidation of Brighouse and Elland resources at a new fire station delivers revenue savings of £1 million per year while maintaining excellent service delivery standards and providing employees with vastly improved accommodation facilities.
District Commander for Calderdale Martyn Greenwood added: “The new station is an excellent addition to the Calderdale District and represents a long term commitment to providing excellent service delivery standards.
“The new location provides optimum emergency cover that is proportionate to risk and demand levels.”
Risk reduction initiatives will continue to be a top priority at Rastrick Fire Station. The team works closely with local agencies and community safety partnerships, who offer assistance by identifying people most at risk of having a fire and providing referrals for Home Fire Safety Checks. Our aim is to continue working with partner agencies to make West Yorkshire a safer place for all residents and visitors.
School talks and attendance at organised events help to raise the profile of the station and to deliver fire and road safety messages to larger audiences. They provide an excellent means of developing closer links with local communities and reducing the likelihood of fires and other emergencies.
It is hoped that the station can host an Open Day later in the summer. Anyone wishing to arrange a Home Fire Safety Check or enquire about use of the community room can contact the station on (01484) 400573.
Alternatively, Home Fire Safety Checks can be booked online via our website www.westyorksfire.gov.uk