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From the District

The priority of all West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service staff working here in Bradford District is to make the District a safer place to live and work. We do this primarily through prevention activities such as ‘Safe and Well’ checks in people’s homes and through Fire Safety visits to workplaces. In addition, we train hard to ensure that when required, our response to fires and other emergencies is highly professional and effective.

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.

Bradford District Action Plan 2021/22

Your Fire and Rescue Service 2020-2023

We will ensure our resources are targeted to the areas and people of highest risk to ensure the greatest effectiveness in reducing the numbers of fires and other incidents. One of our highest priorities continues to be to work with our key partners, including: Bradford Metropolitan District Council, West Yorkshire Police, Incommunities Housing Association and partners in Health, to lower risks from fire and other dangers to vulnerable members of our community.

Our priorities are to:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme. Stopping fires before they occur is our first priority. To date, our actions have delivered significant success and we want to build upon this. We believe our successful community safety strategy lies in the links we maintain with our partners and we plan to strengthen and increase these links to deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Provide a safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community.
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money.

About this district

Bradford district is in the north west of the county. It covers an area of approximately 140 square miles and has a population of more than 500,000.

It is ethnically, culturally and geographically diverse. Bradford district is also an economically challenged area, containing a large range of social-economic groups from the wealthy to the very deprived.

These factors create a wide variety of risk profiles which we must monitor carefully through operational staff in conjunction with a dedicated community safety team and fire safety department. Much of the effectiveness of the district’s community safety strategy lies in the links with our partners, including Bradford District Council, West Yorkshire Police, housing associations and the voluntary sector.

Bradford District

Population 500,000+

Size of Area 140 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Bingley Fire station


Bingley Fire Station was built in 1972 and is situated to the north of Bradford.  The team is made up of a Station Commander, who also manages Ilkley, 24 firefighters…

External view of Bradford Fire station


Bradford Fire Station is situated on Leeds Road and was opened by Mr Gerry Sutcliffe MP on 8th June 2007, replacing the fire station on Nelson Street, Bradford city centre….

External view of Fairweather Green fire station

Fairweather Green

Fairweather Green Fire Station was built in 1963 and is situated at Thornton Road, Fairweather Green. The station commander is responsible for both Fairweather Green and Odsal fire stations. There…

External view of Ilkley fire station


Ilkley Fire Station, built in 1975, lies at the northern end of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority boundary. It borders North Yorkshire adjacent to Skipton and Harrogate. Ilkley…

External view of Keighley fire station


Keighley Fire Station was built in 1964 and borders with both Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.  The team is made up of a…

External view of Odsal fire station


Odsal Fire Station, built in 1965, is situated to the south of Bradford and serves an area with a wide diversity of people and risks. There is a population of…

Shipley New Build Fire Station


Shipley fire station, situated on Valley Road was built in 2017 and comprises of offices, training and community facilities and an appliance bay that houses one water ladder fire appliance….

External view of Silsden fire station


Silsden Fire Station was built in 1973 and has one firefighting appliance.  It is managed by a station commander, who is also responsible for Keighley Fire Station, a watch commander, who mans…



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