We believe the most effective way to save lives, reduce injuries and other losses through fire and other emergencies is to reduce the number of incidents that occur.
We therefore instigate and support the development of a range of partnership working initiatives aimed at preventing incidents.
We do this by focusing on risk reduction for vulnerable people and by raising awareness about risk to the wider community.
For more information visit our Fire Prevention page.
- Engage with local and national agencies to identify good practice to improve service delivery and community safety.
- Work in co-operation with the local community, talking to other organisations to identify and reduce risks from fire and other hazards which affect peoples lives.
- Visit schools and deliver structed educational fire safety programmes to pupils aged between 9 and 10, as part of the national curriculum.
We also provide several programmes to young people, including Safety Rangers and youth inclusion initiatives undertaken in partnership with other agencies such as the police. The highly successful Young Firefighters scheme that provides young people with an academic qualification has been shown to positively influence the way Firefighters are viewed by local community.
We also have in place risk reduction teams to access and engage with those people most vulnerable to fire. They provide information, education and where necessary additional protection measures.
We have a learning resource centre 'Safety Central' which is the centre of excellence for the development and delivery of safety education and awareness, working in partnership with organisations to benefit the whole of West Yorkshire.
We have a dedicated enforcement team who provide advice, guidance and support in discharging our statutory duties.
Fire safety information is also available on the Fire Protection page.
We carry out operational fire risk assessments on non domestic properties.
We have Arson Task Forces, which work in a number of areas to reduce the large number of deliberate and nuisance fires started within West Yorkshire.
If you are concerned about a fire risk, contact you local Fire station or District Fire Safety Office. Telephone numbers for stations can be found on the Your Area pages and the Fire Safety Office numbers are shown by clicking here.
Fire Safety legislation and standards of service you can expect
The enactment of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) order 2005 means that the Authority has direct responsibility to enforce fire safety legislation in a wider range of premises than previously permitted. See Our Statutory Duties section for more details.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority work to the Government's 'Regulatory Compliance Code' http;//www.bis.gov.uk/files/file45019.pdf (PDF Document - Opens in a new window) (pdf, 107kb, opens in new window) in relation to fire safety enforcement activity.
We fight fires
If you have a fire or suspect a fire of any size, dial 999 and ask for "FIRE". Your service provider will then put you through to the Mobilising and Communications Centre who will request further information before mobilising appliances as required. For further information please see the Preparing for Emergencies page.
All front-line appliances are equipped with state-of-the-art rescue equipment; in addition we have several specialist appliances which are mobilised to larger incidents. As well as our own fleet, we also have appliances provided by Government that deal with national resilience incidents.
On arrival at an incident, our trained firefighters will use their expertise to extinguish the fire and endeavour to minimise further property damage.
Following a fire we will provide advice in the form of a leaflet 'After the Fire/Flood', this should assist you in getting things back to normal.
We rescue people
Skilled firefighters using the latest equipment and techniques will respond to all incidents where people become trapped. Examples of these incidents are road traffic collisions, building collapse and lift rescues. Our firefighters are trained in first aid and trauma care and work closely with other emergency services to minimise distress.
We rescue animals
By working closely with RSPCA if an animal is in distress we can, if necessary, assist with the safe rescue of the animal. For further information relating to animal rescues please see the press release from the Chief Fire Officers' Association below.
Animal Rescue Press Release (64.41kb) (PDF Document)
We deal with other emergencies
We are trained and equipped to deal with a wide range of everyday and headline hitting emergencies:
- Spillages of dangerous chemicals, which endanger life or the environment
- Local and wide area flooding
- Road traffic collisions
- Aircraft incidents
- Railway incidents
Some of the above responses are classed as Special Service Calls and therefore may be subject to charges - Special Service Call charges.