From the District

District Commander Russ Hepton

The people of Leeds 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.

Leeds District Action Plan 2015-2016 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Service Plan 2015-2020.

Our priorities are:

  • to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection programme. In simple terms, we want to prevent fires occurring in the first place. To date, our actions have been extremely successful in this area and we have saved lives. We intend to work with partner agencies and target those most at risk to continue this programme
  • to deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service
  • to provide a safe, competent and diverse workforce
  • to provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money in managing resources. 


What's happening in the Leeds District


March 31st Saw the Start of Command Leadership & Management Trial

Leeds District has been Piloting the Command Leadership and Functional Management trial. This has seen both Assistant District Commanders and Watch Managers at various stations across the district trialling new methods of working whilst maintaining high standards and making efficiency savings across the District. The trial is scheduled to run until mid-2015 when it will be fully evaluated. 


Cold Cut Cobra trial to be held in May

Since spring 2014 Leeds District has been working in conjunction with Leeds City Council to provide venues incorporating a live fire scenario to trial Cold Cut Cobra. The new equipment is now fully operational and based at Gipton Station it offers real safety benefits for both public and fire-fighters.   


Private Rented Sector Project

Leeds District is working in partnership with LCC to address fire risk within private rented accommodation. We have two members of prevention staff dedicated to working within Leeds City Council Housing Standards Department to target private rented accommodation. Furthermore, in partnership with WYFRS, Leeds City Council have been awarded funding from DCLG use full title to target private rented flats above commercial premises in three areas of the city. 


Training External Front Line Staff to Improve Partnerships

Leeds district Prevention staff have delivered hazard spotting and home fire safety check awareness training to over four hundred front line staff from a range of services in Leeds. We are currently exploring innovative ways of training key front line staff; in addition we are now able to provide a bespoke training package that can be delivered by agencies direct to their own staff. 


Leeds District Second WYFRS Staff

In an innovative move Leeds District have seconded two Watch Managers from WYFRS, one has recently joined Leeds City Council in Adult Social Care and the other has moved in to the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  We aim to raise the “fire agenda” from within these organisations and ultimately effectively support and assist those at risk living within our communities.  This new fully joined up approach will ensure we are supporting those at the greatest risk.


If you have concerns about fire safety in your home, WYFRS fire-fighters can carry out a free home fire safety check in your home. Crews will advise you on fire safety, the type, number and location of smoke detection, including fitting them where required.



  • Don’t leave cooking unattended and never cook after drinking alcohol
  • Never smoke in bed and always dispose of cigarettes carefully
  • Never leave electrical items switched on overnight and don’t overload sockets
  • Never place tea light candles on soft or combustible surfaces. Always place them in a candle holder
  • Never leave candles burning when you go to bed and take extra care when pets are around candles
  • Drive within the speed limit, avoid distractions at the wheel, stay patient and always wear your seatbelt
  • Ensure you have smoke detectors fitted in your home and test them every week
  • If you know someone who struggles to test their smoke alarm, could you test it for them? You could save their life!

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About this district

Leeds district covers an area of approximately 213 square miles with a population of 750,000, made up of 130 different nationalities.

Leeds is the most important financial, legal and business centre outside London.
There are a number of high risk sites, including two major hospitals, two large sports stadiums and a number of large shopping outlets. The area’s main transport links are Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds Railway Station, the M1, M62 and M621 motorways and A1 trunk road.

Leeds is home to the successful East Leeds Young Firefighters scheme, based at Gipton Fire Station and the district includes a community safety department and arson task force.

Leeds District

Population 750,000+

Size of Area 213 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Cookridge fire station


Cookridge is in fire service terms a relatively new station although having been constructed in 1990 it is now 20 years since opening. The station area covers the north western part of Leeds which ...

External view of Garforth fire station


Garforth Station, built in 1985, serves a population of 45,297 people and covers the eastern part of Leeds district which is approximately 34.70 square miles. This includes the mainly residential a...

External view of Gipton fire station


Gipton Fire Station, built in 1937, is situated on Gipton Approach, off the A64 on the east side of Leeds. The station has two appliances and is staffed 24 hours a day. The team is made up of a sta...

External view of Hunslet fire station


Located on Dewsbury Road, Hunslet covers the residential areas of Beeston, Cross Flatts, Holbeck, Middleton, Belle Isle and the new high rise developments that border the River Aire. There is a pop...

External view of Leeds fire station


Leeds Fire Station provides an excellent service to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. The station serves a population of 65,526 and the area incorporates 29,238 dwellings. The t...

External view of Moortown fire station


Moortown Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated at the Harrogate Road end of Stonegate Road. It houses one operational wholetime fire appliance. The station is staffed by a station commander (who...

External view of Morley fire station


Morley Fire Station is located on Corporation Street and was built in 1961. The station protects a population of 57,677 people and covers the area of Morley and locations of Drighlington, Gildersom...

External view of Otley fire station


Otley Fire Station covers the town of Otley and also the wider area of Menston, Weston and Askwith. The station area is approximately seven square miles. The station is managed by a station command...

External view of Rawdon fire station


Rawdon Fire Station was built in 1974 and serves an area of approximately sixteen square miles including the areas of Rawdon, Yeadon, Guiseley, Hawksworth, Menston and parts of Apperley Bridge. The...

Rothwell Fire Station


Rothwell Fire Station, built in 1963, is located on Carlton Lane. The station protects a population of 35,127 people and covers the area of Rothwell and locations of Thorpe, Robin Hood, John O'Gaun...

External view of Stanks fire station


Stanks station, built in 1973, serves a population of over 42,452 people, covering approximately 14.39 square miles which includes the mainly residential areas of Whinmoor, Swarcliffe, Whitkirk, Co...

External view of Stanningley fire station


Stanningley Fire Station is located at the junction of Stanningley Road and Swinnow Lane and covers the western part of Leeds, which includes the mainly residential areas of Pudsey, Bramley, Armley...

External view of Wetherby fire station


Wetherby Fire Station, built in 1957, is situated in the centre of the small market town and houses one operational fire appliance that is staffed on the day crew system. The station commander (who...


  • 05 Jun 2015

    Youngsters and parents taught about fire prevention during Child Safety Week

    This week is national Child Safety Week led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has taken the opportunity to get out in the community and...

  • 05 Jun 2015

    Fire service helps charity for disabled children recruit volunteers

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children by offering community rooms for the charity’s use for the recruitment of volunteers. The sessions...

  • 13 Apr 2015

    Mock rescue from River Aire in Leeds aims to highlight dangers during Drowning Prevention Week

    A firefighter’s job is not just to pull people out of burning buildings. Each year, young and old get into trouble in Yorkshire’s rivers, canals, lakes and weirs and a call is made to the fire...

  • 28 Jan 2015

    Young family rescued from house in one of three chip pan fires overnight

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is reminding people to be vigilant when using chip pans after firefighters attended three blazes overnight involving cooking. As a result of one...

  • 23 Jan 2015

    Competition winners enjoy morning as firefighter!

    A group of Year 5 children from West Yorkshire’s primary schools got a taste of life as a firefighter today as their prize for winning our Christmas Fire Safety Poster Competition! The...

  • 14 Jan 2015

    Graduate thanks firefighters for excellent work after they rescued her from wreckage of smashed car

    Zoe Turner has been reunited with the fire crew that came to her aid after the taxi she was travelling in was involved in a horrific collision with a cement mixer shortly before Christmas. The...

  • 21 Nov 2014

    NHS worker rescues elderly lady from house fire!

    A Clinical Assistant has been commended by the fire service for her quick-thinking actions which saved an elderly woman’s life. Rosemary Othick, who is an Intermediate Care Clinical Assistant...

  • 17 Oct 2014

    Rawdon and Otley fire stations to stay open under new emergency response plans

    Due to difficulties in identifying a suitable site for a new fire station in Menston, which was due to be replacing Otley and Rawdon stations, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has revised...

  • 19 Sep 2014

    A grand is donated towards helping a Pudsey youngster ‘speak’ for the first time!

    Cookridge Fire Station Open Day has been hailed ‘the best yet’ after it raised over £1,700 for three worthy causes. The community flocked to the station, in Otley Old Road, at the end of August...

  • 26 Aug 2014

    Firefighters join fundraising mission to give six-year-old Maddie Laws a voice!

    Firefighters have pledged their support to six-year-old Maddie Laws who suffers from a genetic condition which means she cannot talk, walk properly or feed herself. Crews will be giving half the...

  • 28 Jul 2014

    Boy hospitalised following water rescue in Keighley

    Fire crews were called to an area close to Tinker Bridge, North Dean Road, Keighley yesterday (Sunday, July 27) at 11.52 hrs following reports of a boy in difficulty in a river.   A crew from...

  • 23 Jul 2014

    School's out - stay safe this holiday period!

    Schools across West Yorkshire have recently broken-up for the annual six week holiday and with the sunny weather on our doorsteps, youngsters will have been taking the opportunity to get out and...

  • 09 Jul 2014

    Electrical fire sparks safety warning

    Firefighters are urging people to wise-up to electrical fire safety following a blaze in Leeds. One man was rescued by firefighters from a high-rise flat in the Woodhouse area and taken to...

  • 30 May 2014

    Rothwell Fire Station Rebuild Starting

    The community of Rothwell is a step closer to benefitting from a brand new facility as construction work on the new fire station, in Carlton Lane, Leeds, is set to begin. Demolition of the old...

  • 21 May 2014

    Emergency services exercise simulates fire during concert

    Around 100 members of the public took part in an emergency services training exercise simulating a fire at the First Direct Arena in Leeds city centre yesterday (May 20). The multi-agency...

  • 30 Apr 2014

    Fatal house fire in Leeds

    Fire crews were called to a house fire at a property in Farfield Court, Garforth, just after 6.30pm yesterday evening (29.04.14). The incident was a persons reported and five engines attended as...

  • 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...

  • 27 Feb 2014

    End of deployment to flood-hit south

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) crews deployed to Surrey are returning today (27.02.14), marking the end of requests for flood assistance. A deployment of 15 firefighters and three...

  • 12 Feb 2014

    Let passion be the only thing burning this Valentine's Day!

    We all want our loved ones to feel special on Valentine’s Day and treating that certain someone with a gift is sure to put a smile on their face. Keeping loved ones safe from harm is also a way...

  • 10 Feb 2014

    West Yorkshire crew deployed to flood-hit Somerset

    Eleven Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) deployed to Somerset yesterday (Sunday, February 9) to assist in flood relief. The crew from Stanningley Fire Station have...

  • 29 Jan 2014

    Community to benefit from new fire station and centre!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) wishes to announce plans for the sale of Gipton Fire Station.  The brigade has entered into discussions with Leeds Community Foundation (LCF) who...

  • 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...

  • 20 Aug 2012

    Neighbour thanked for brave rescue

    A man who rescued his neighbour from a house fire has been honoured by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. John Brimble of Brooklands Lane, Seacroft, Leeds, broke a window and climbed into...

  • 14 May 2012

    Young Firefighters celebrate graduation

    Around 200 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire passed their Young Firefighters course with flying colours. The young people carried out a number of fire drills in front of their family,...

  • 23 Apr 2012

    Hero Trio

    Cookridge station commander, Nigel Atkins, has hailed three local heroes who helped avoid a potential tragedy in Headingley last August. Jill Taylor, who lives in Woodbridge Vale, Beckett Park,...

  • 02 Mar 2012

    Firefighters clean up for charity

    Stations across Leeds district will be making a splash for charity cash in March. Stanningley, Otley, Rawdon and Cookridge will all hold car washes to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity on...

  • 29 Feb 2012

    Care home exercise

    Firefighters will take part in a training exercise in Burley in Wharfedale on Thursday, 15 March 2012. The exercise, at the old Scalebor Park Hospital, Moor Lane, will test West Yorkshire Fire...

  • 10 Feb 2012

    Chimney fires spark warning

    A spate of chimney fires in Ilkley and Otley has prompted firefighters to issue a warning to people to have their chimneys swept regularly. A combination of the cold weather and soaring price of...

  • 08 Feb 2012

    Tragedy prompts heater warning

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take extra care when using portable heaters following a tragic fire last night (7 February 2012). Firefighters were called to the flat...

  • 30 Jan 2012

    New district commander for Leeds

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has appointed the new district commander for Leeds. Group Manager Nick Smith said he is committed to making the city a safe place to live and work. “It’s a...

  • 16 Dec 2011

    Green light for fire cover plans

    Chief ‘disappointed’ but convinced change is unavoidable  Plans for far-reaching reform of the county’s fire and rescue service were given the green light by councillors today. West Yorkshire...

  • 15 Nov 2011

    Stay safe on the roads

    Young drivers will hear shocking details of the devastation firefighters face when they turn up at the scene of a crash during Road Safety Week 2011 (21 to 27 November). The personal testimonies...

  • 02 Nov 2011

    Leeds Rhinos back bonfire safety campaign

    Leeds Rhinos have backed West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service's bonfire safety campaign. Ronnie the Rhino and player Rob Burrow met with firefighters from Leeds Red Watch and Blaze Bear at...

  • 31 Oct 2011

    Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night in Leeds district

    West Yorkshire’s firefighters are urging people to enjoy their Bonfire Night at an organised event. Last year, fire crews dealt with 118 bonfire related incidents between 1 and 8 November – 34...

  • 18 Oct 2011

    Preparing for a safe Bonfire Night in Leeds district

    Fire service staff will be blitzing Leeds in the run-up to Bonfire Night with a series of safety talks and action days in a bid to ensure the big day passes without incident. Hundreds of school...

  • 19 Sep 2011

    Fire prompts smoke alarm warning

    Firefighters are urging people to check their smoke alarms regularly after they were called to a house fire and discovered the property’s only smoke alarm did not have batteries. A man was taken...

  • 26 Jul 2011

    Trial enters third phase

    A third and final vehicle is about to go on trial in Leeds to tackle small fires in the city. Since April, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been trialling a Fire Response Unit (FRU) in...

  • 20 Jul 2011

    Meet your local firefighters

    ** UPDATE - Garforth Fire Station's Open Day raised more than £2,000 for charity. The money will be split between The Fire Fighters Charity and Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Thanks to all who attended!...

  • 19 Jul 2011

    Holiday getaway prompts motorway safety warning

    West Yorkshire firefighters will be urging drivers to take care on the motorway when they head off on their holidays this summer. The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) Road Safety Day on...

  • 18 Jul 2011

    Update: car explosion, New Farnley

    It is hoped that West Yorkshire firefighters will be leaving the scene in Maple Grove, New Farnley, Leeds, this afternoon following yesterday’s car explosion. Firefighters have been at the...

  • 06 Jun 2011

    New Safety Rangers to patrol Leeds

    MEDIA INVITE Moortown Fire Station (Stonegate road, Moortown, LS17 6EJ) will host a series of Safety Rangers courses between 27 June and 1 July. Reporters/photographers are invited to attend....

  • 18 May 2011

    Young firefighters celebrate their graduation

    More than 200 teenagers from schools around West Yorkshire passed their Young Firefighters course with flying colours this month. The young people carried out a number of fire drills in front of...

  • 31 Mar 2011

    Praise for on-call service

    Major changes made at on-call (retained) fire stations across West Yorkshire are proving a huge success. A year ago more than £1m. was set aside to boost the availability of fire engines crewed...

  • 25 Jan 2011

    Rare cattle rescued from blaze

    Around 80 rare-breed cattle were rescued from a blaze in a barn at Temple Newsam, Leeds, last night (23.01.11) thanks to the quick-thinking of firefighters. Firefighters from Gipton, Stanks,...

  • 22 Nov 2010

    Firefighters appeal for safer roads (Leeds)

    Leeds firefighters will be urging drivers to slow down, belt up and switch off during this year’s Road Safety Week (22 to 28 November).  West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has joined...

  • 16 Nov 2010

    Leeds White Watch confident of a memorable Movember

    Members of Leeds White Watch have their sights fixed on having a marvellous Movember. So far, the watch’s funloving approach to fundraising has raised £1,300 for the UK’s leading prostate...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Safety project reaches climax

    A campaign to improve safety for older people in west Leeds reaches its high point next week. A special interactive summer safety event will be held at Safety Central in Bramley on Wednesday, 25...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Brigade supports Leeds pride

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Leeds Pride Day 2010. The event, on Sunday 1 August, will make history by being broadcast to 84 countries around the world on internet radio....

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Awards for Leeds young firefighter

    Seventeen-year-old student Lee Knight of the David Young Academy has been named East Leeds Young Firefighter of the Year. Lee is the first recipient of the award for East Leeds Young Firefighter...


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