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Bradford commander publishes priorities for the year ahead

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s district commander has pledged to make Bradford a safer place to live and work.

Group Manager Martin Speed has set out his goals for the Bradford district over the next 12 months in his Action Plan 2016-2017.

Among the many aims, Group Manager Speed plans to reduce the number of fires and other emergencies by targeting those most vulnerable, strengthen existing and create new partnerships, as well as deliver a safe and competent emergency response through extensive training.

Group Manager Speed said: “Our aim is to make Bradford district a safer place to live and work. We will do this primarily through prevention activities such as home fire safety checks in people’s homes and fire safety visits to workplaces. We will also train hard to ensure that, when required, our response to emergencies is highly professional and effective.”

He added: “During the next year, work will start on the new fire station in Valley Road. The new station will be better placed to respond to some of our higher risk areas around Bradford city centre. The new station will replace the current stations in Shipley and Idle.”

The full Bradford District Action Plan is available for the public to view at

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s interactive Service Plan for 2015-2020, which sets out the broader achievements and aims of the brigade, is also available to view on our website at under About Us. The plan contains a video message from Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling, a video which illustrates the wide range of services we provide, as well as a detailed breakdown of accomplishments and goals for the future.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “We continue to face significant challenges, not least of which is financial change. However, our determination to provide an efficient and effective  fire and rescue service still remains as strong as ever.

“Please take the time to read our Service Plan and we promise to report back on the progress we make as we work towards achieving our strategic priorities and objectives.”

Councillor Judith Hughes, Chair of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “I am very proud that we are able to present such glowing accomplishments to the public and set out our plan for how we will continue to make West Yorkshire a safer place to live and work.

“West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is a professional, forward-thinking organisation with dedicated staff who strive to deliver a first class service to the public.”