External view of Idle fire station
01274 613103
Highfield Road
BD10 8QN
OS Grid Ref.
417420 436967


  • 17 Oct 2014

    Location announced for new station to replace Idle and Shipley

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has today confirmed that the new fire station replacing Shipley and Idle stations will be located on Valley Road, Bradford.   The site is...

  • 14 Apr 2014

    Fire highlights importance of candle safety

        Candle safety advice has been issued following a Bradford fire in which an elderly woman was badly injured. The fire happened at property in the Ravenscliffe area in the early hours of...

  • 22 Oct 2013

    Tick, Tock, Test Your Alarm

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to make a potentially life-saving move when they change their clocks this weekend (27 October at 02:00hrs) - by taking a moment to test...

  • 25 Sep 2013

    Response to 25 September Industrial Action by members of the FBU

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to thank members of the public for taking extra care, to safeguard themselves, their family and their communities during the industrial action...

  • 24 Sep 2013

    Taking extra care during industrial action

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are asking the public to think about what they can do to take extra care, to safeguard themselves, their family and their communities during the industrial...

  • 19 Sep 2013

    Industrial Action

    We have today received notification from the Fire Brigades Union of its intention to carry out discontinuous industrial action commencing Wednesday 25 September 2013 at 1200 (Noon) hours until...

  • 07 Sep 2012

    Authority launches county-wide consultation on fire cover plans

      12-week listening exercise Councillors today launched a 12-week public consultation exercise on radical plans to reform fire cover across West Yorkshire. Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling’s...

  • 17 Feb 2012

    West Yorkshire fire station claims top spot in national recycling competition

    Fire fighters at Idle Fire Station in West Yorkshire have been crowned champions of a national recycling competition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of services that...

  • 10 Oct 2011

    West Yorkshire duo shortlisted for awards

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be backing Station Manager Dominic Furby and Chris Kenyon at this year’s prestigious Spirit of Fire Awards. This year will be the seventh Spirit of...

  • 20 Sep 2010

    Pat on Back for Explempary Services

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue been given a vote of confidence for the way it deals with the public.Bradford’s Older People’s Partnership carried out a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise earlier this year...


Idle Fire Station, situated on Highfield Road was built in 1956 and comprises offices, training and accommodation facilities and an appliance room that houses one water ladder fire appliance. The station is wholetime (24/7) and has 26 staff consisting of a station commander (who also manages Shipley), 24 operational firefighters and a station clerk who provides administrative support.

The station area covers the part of Bradford which includes the mainly residential locations of Thorpe Edge, Undercliffe, Wrose and Eccleshill, totalling 22,008 dwellings as well as the commercial areas of Five Lane Ends and Idle. The population of the area is 52,603.

In addition to the fire appliance the station is home to the Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Service (FESS) vehicle. The FESS vehicle is staffed through volunteers who are on call and respond to the needs of individuals who have had a house fire.

The station commander and station personnel liaise with the Neighbourhood Policing team, various Council Ward Officers and attend local neighbourhood forums. This partnership liaison, in addition to the work carried out by the arson task force, is aimed at protecting people by reducing the numbers of fires within the Idle station area.



From To Fires Attended Incidents Attended Special Service Calls False Alarms
01/10/2014 31/12/2014 39 116 12 65
01/07/2014 30/09/2014 56 147 16 75
01/04/2014 30/06/2014 43 127 16 68
01/01/2014 31/03/2014 24 103 16 63
01/10/2013 31/12/2013 33 124 6 85
01/07/2013 30/09/2013 68 146 10 68
01/04/2013 30/06/2013 65 133 6 62
01/01/2013 31/03/2013 32 95 7 56
01/10/2012 31/12/2012 44 133 16 73
01/07/2012 30/09/2012 55 166 18 93
01/04/2012 30/06/2012 58 123 13 52
01/01/2012 31/03/2012 40 149 16 93
01/10/2011 31/12/2011 39 145 12 94
01/07/2011 30/09/2011 83 179 18 78
01/04/2011 30/06/2011 117 232 18 97
01/01/2011 31/03/2011 76 169 18 75
01/10/2010 31/12/2010 55 190 20 115

Neighbouring Fire Stations