02 Sep 2015
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…
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Ossett fire station, built in 1972, is situated at the heart of a busy mixed industrial and residential area bordering Wakefield and Dewsbury. There is a population of 48,632 and there are 20,525 dwellings in the area. The station also borders with South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Ossett has one fire engine and a specialist hazardous material unit vehicle and is staffed by 24 whole time personnel under the command of a station commander who also has responsibility for Featherstone Fire Station.
Working in and with the community of Ossett is a primary focus of our activities. With the assistance of other agencies we continue to identify individuals at risk in the community and provide home fire safety checks to vulnerable members of society who live in our station area.
Station staff are also heavily involved with the very successful Young Firefighters Scheme. Students from Ossett and Horbury High school attend the station to study and use a purpose built fire engine to gain nationally recognised qualifications. This continues alongside our programme of year five school talks and attendance at many local galas, information days and public events.
A yearly bonfire is organised by station personnel for local residents of the area. This attracts upwards of 2,000 people and raises thousands of pounds for both national and local charities. The bonfire puts the station as the focal point for the community, not only helping to reduce bonfire and firework injuries but also helping to foster a community atmosphere.
Continuing alongside our community activities, we ensure our preparedness for operational incidents by extensive local and inter agency training and improve our intelligence on the key risks and hazards we may face at an incident by a programme of visits to local business and industry.
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