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From the District

The people of Wakefield can be assured that during the response phase of the Covid -19 emergency we continued to provide services to our communities in terms of incident response with the virus having very little impact to our operational resources. We have changed our ways of working to ensure we keep our staff and those that they have contact with in the community safe, but we are still delivering prevention and fire safety services; albeit in a different manner. We worked collaboratively with a number of partner agencies during the crisis to provide other services that we don’t normally carry out, such as food and medicine deliveries, driving NHS staff and other work to help the most vulnerable in our society. During the recovery phase we will continue to work with others to strive to make 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; The overarching service priorities in summary are:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme.
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Provide as safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community.
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money

Your Fire and Rescue Service 2020-2023

What’s happening in Wakefield district…

To give you an insight to how we work within your area:

A District Command team led by the District Commander are responsible for the delivery of an efficient and effective service for the Wakefield community.

We are on target to reduce the number of fire related incidents both accidental and arson/anti-social behaviour fires. Collaborative working with a number of partners, schools and colleges is being carried out to deliver road safety advice to try and reduce the number of road traffic collisions we see within the district.

Our teams will deliver a number of national and local campaigns to ensure that our strategic aim; to make Wakefield safer is delivered in an effective and efficient manner in collaboration. Wakefield District staff are working hard to keep you safe by working in and with our communities to reduce risk and vulnerability and continue to provide our flagship Prevention campaign Safe and Well. For more information and to book a visit contact your local fire station, or click the following link (Opens in a new window).

Your district team have a priorities plan for this fiscal year which details the ambitious objectives we aim to deliver in the coming months. We will be working closely with key partners and teams within the district.

About this district

The district covers some 219 square miles and is home to 315,000 people in a diverse range of city, urban and rural communities.

Since the demise of the coal mining industry, the district has become the base for a number of distribution and manufacturing companies.

The fire and rescue service is a key partner on a number of groups in the district, with focus on arson reduction, youth inclusion (such as the Young Firefighters scheme, which started in Wakefield) fire safety enforcement, and road traffic collision reduction.

Wakefield District

Population 315,000+

Size of Area 219 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Castleford fire station

Castleford

Castleford Fire Station, built in 1972, is located centrally in the community which it serves. The population of the area is 36,570 incorporating a total of 15,742 dwellings. Castleford and…

External view of Featherstone fire station

Featherstone

The small town of Featherstone is situated to the east of Wakefield and is in a predominantly rural area with a population of 16,198 incorporating 6,815 dwellings. Featherstone Fire Station,…

Normanton Fire Station

Normanton

Normanton Fire Station, has recently been upgraded from a retained duty system to wholetime and is the first station in West Yorkshire to operate a new close call duty system….

Ossett

Ossett station is the new home of the Wakefield District Support Team who were previously based at Wakefield. The Team incorporates Ops training, Prevention and HR personnel. The Ops team…

Pontefract Fire Station

Pontefract

  The station, covers the eastern section of the Wakefield district and includes the villages of Wentbridge, Ackworth, Darrington and East Hardwick and also the residential areas of Carleton, Chequerfield,…

South Kirkby Fire Station

South Kirkby

South Kirkby Fire Station opened on 16 January 2015. The station covers a population of around 11,000 and is close to the southern border of West Yorkshire. The siting of…

External view of Wakefield fire station

Wakefield

Wakefield Fire Station area covers 35 square miles incorporating a diverse community of over 91,951 people. The area consists of a variety of industrial, commercial, residential and rural locations together…

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