The new Dewsbury fire station was officially opened on Monday, November 9, by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Mr Tim Hare.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling also attend the formalities alongside Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes.
The new Dewsbury fire station, in Carlton Road, has been operational since August, and the four rolling Watches have so far been turned out to around 230 emergencies.
Now that crews have settled in, it was the perfect opportunity to show off the new station which merges its wholetime predecessors at Batley and Dewsbury.
Staffed by 44 firefighters and four specialist officers, the new station will work across four shifts and will provide fire cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The four-bay fire station is a two storey building that provides all the necessary operational space for personnel and associated vehicles. A separate Young Firefighters building enables the station to continue its links with the local community and develop team skills, confidence and community awareness among young people across Kirklees.
The station has state-of-the-art training facilities and incorporates a fully accessible multi-purpose room, which will be available for community use and may be shared with our service partners.
The new fire station represents a significant investment by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, having cost almost £4m.
Vice Lord-Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Mr Tim Hare, said at the opening: “I congratulate all those bringing this new facility to fruition and wish those working here much success, happiness and safety in their new state-of-the-art station.”
Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said: “I’m confident as Chief Fire Officer that this new station will provide a modern and efficient base from which to deliver our highly effective emergency response and community safety activities to the communities of Dewsbury and Batley for many years to come.”
Chair of the Fire Authority, Councillor Judith Hughes, added: “I am delighted to see the new Dewsbury fire station officially open and would like to thank everyone who has been involved in bringing the project to fruition.”