From the District

District Commander Martin Speed

The people of Bradford 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.

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

In the coming year we will ensure our resources are targeted in the appropriate areas to ensure the greatest effectiveness in reducing the numbers of fires and other incidents.

Our priorities are as follows:

  • to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection 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 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


New Appliances for Bradford District

Fire Response Unit

Fairweather Green (FWG) Fire station has recently taken ownership of a new Fire Response Unit (FRU). This vehicle based at FWG will operate throughout the Bradford district within a designated area. Its primary role is to tackle small fires, car fires and attend certain automatic fire alarm actuations. This allows for other appliances to be available for more serious incidents. FRUs are staffed 24hrs a day 7 days a week.

Resilience Pump

A resilience pump has been provided on two stations within the Bradford District, Keighley and Bradford. These pumps will provide fire cover in areas of the District/County where emergency cover is depleted. Resilience pumps are not continually staffed but will be activated during periods of anticipated (e.g. training exercises) or unexpected high levels of operational activity and in response to significant events which could affect emergency response; such as wide area flooding, bonfire night, periods of bad weather or spate conditions. These pumps can be staffed within an hours notice.


About this district

The 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 that we must monitor carefully through operational staff in conjunction with a dedicated community safety team, arson task force and fire safety department. Much of the effectiveness of the district’s community safety strategy lies in the links with local authority partners.

Bradford District

Population 500,000+

Size of Area 140 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Bingley Fire station


Bingley Fire Station, built in 1972, is situated to the north of Bradford and covers Bingley town centre and the surrounding villages which incorporate 12,416 dwellings. The area, which has a popul...

External view of Bradford Fire station


Bradford Fire Station is situated at Leeds Road and was built in 2007.  The station area covers the city centre, Manningham, Barkerend, Holmewood, West and East Bowling, Little Horton, Thornbury an...

External view of Fairweather Green fire station

Fairweather Green

Fairweather Green Fire Station, built in 1963, is situated at Thornton Road, Fairweather Green. The Station, managed by the station commander (who also manages Odsal) has 36 firefighters plus suppo...

External view of Idle fire station


Idle Fire Station, situated on Highfield Road was built in 1956 and comprises offices, training and accommodation facilities and an appliance room that houses one water ladder fire appliance. The s...

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 stations Skipton and Harrogate. Ilkley Fire Station...

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. Keighley has a population of 50,972 and the area incorp...

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 98,944 and the area incorporates 39,58...

External view of Shipley fire station


Shipley Fire Station is situated on Saltaire Road. The station was built in 1977 and comprises of offices, training and accommodation facilities and an appliance room that houses one water ladder f...

External view of Silsden fire station


Silsden Fire Station, built in 1973 serves a population of 12,267 in an area incorporating 5,232 dwellings. The station is managed by a station commander who is also responsible for Keighley fire s...


  • 08 Jun 2015

    A 'quacking' rescue by firefighters

    Firefighters from Bingley Red Watch assisted the RSPCA on Friday after nine ducklings got trapped down a drain. The fire service was called at 1447 hrs to attend Storiths Court, Addingham, where...

  • 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...

  • 21 May 2015

    Fire service works alongside charity to engage with adults with learning disabilities

    Firefighters have been working alongside learning disabilities charity, Hft Bradford, to help spread safety messages to potentially vulnerable people in the community. Bradford firefighter...

  • 14 May 2015

    Fire service highlights partnership with NHS team during Mental Health Awareness Week

    West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (WYFRS) is highlighting its partnership with Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust (BDCFT) during Mental Health Awareness Week. The aim of the joint...

  • 11 May 2015

    Fire service and housing group in partnership to protect vulnerable people from blazes

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with Incommunities to raise awareness among its staff of how mental health issues can put people at an increased risk of fire in the...

  • 25 Nov 2014

    Explosion - Parry Lane, Bradford

    At 16:37pm yesterday, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) were called to a report of an explosion at a warehouse in Parry Lane, Bradford. On attendance, it was found that part of the...

  • 18 Nov 2014

    Eleven year old pupil leads the charge for road safety in Bradford!

    Eleven-year-old Isabelle Suddick from All Saints’ CE Primary School, in Bradford, has taken a stand against parents parking irresponsibly around the school and putting children’s lives at risk.  ...

  • 06 Nov 2014

    Emergency services join with community leaders to make a stand against attacks on firefighters

    West Yorkshire Police (WYP) and West Yorkshire Fire Service (WYFRS) met with local councilors today at Keighley Fire Station following a string of reckless attacks on firefighters last night. The...

  • 06 Nov 2014

    Fire chiefs condemn mindless attacks on firefighters on Bonfire Night

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service chiefs have slammed the actions of individuals who subjected crews in the Keighley area to attacks on Bonfire Night. Due to a string of incidents in...

  • 05 Nov 2014

    Fireworks attack on crews in Keighley

    Fire chiefs have condemned the “reckless” actions of youths who directed fireworks at firefighters in Keighley last night. The incident happened whilst firefighters were attending a bonfire...

  • 17 Oct 2014

    Location announced for new station to replace Idle and Shipley

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has today confirmed that the new fire station replacing Shipley and Idle stations will be located on Valley Road, Bradford.   The site is...

  • 13 Oct 2014

    Students sign up to improve safety in Bradford

    A group of Bradford College students will be helping to reduce crime and fire in the city as part of their studies. The 10-week Student Guardianship scheme will see Public Services students work...

  • 10 Sep 2014

    Haworth Fire Station Commemorative Event

    Haworth firefighters are inviting all current and past staff and their families to the station on October 11 from midday onwards for a reminiscence event. The building, which was constructed in...

  • 29 Jul 2014

    On the job training for students as part of new partnership

    A new working partnership between Keighley Campus, Leeds City College, and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will provide work-related, practical training for recruits to a new college...

  • 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...

  • 29 May 2014

    Basement fire in Bradford sparks safety warnings

    Fire crews have emphasised the importance of having working smoke alarms following a house fire in Manningham on Tuesday (27.05.14). In total 10 people self-rescued (before the arrival of...

  • 08 May 2014

    Firefighters to mark anniversary of Bradford City tragedy

    Firefighters will play a part in poignant commemorative events to recognise the 29th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster in which 56 people lost their lives and hundreds were injured....

  • 29 Apr 2014

    Brothers saved from fatal flat fire are reunited with one of their Firefighter rescuers

    It has been 27 years since youngster Terry Robson was carried in the arms of a Firefighter to an awaiting ambulance following a tragic Bradford flat fire which claimed the life of his mother in...

  • 28 Apr 2014

    Brothers saved from fatal flat fire are reunited with one of their Firefighter rescuers ...almost three decades on

    It has been 27 years since youngster Terry Robson was carried in the arms of a Firefighter to an awaiting ambulance following a tragic Bradford flat fire which claimed the life of his mother in...

  • 16 Apr 2014

    Former Bradford Firemen Reunite After More Than 50 Years

    Firefighting history was brought to life as former firemen who lived and worked on the old Bradford Central Fire Station, once in Nelson Street, met up again over 50 years later. The ‘firemen’ 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...

  • 20 Mar 2014

    Firefighter hospital visit puts smiles on youngsters' faces!

    Firefighters from Fairweather Green Fire Station made a visit to a children’s ward at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) on Tuesday (March 18). Youngsters on the day surgery ward, who were...

  • 05 Mar 2014

    Hoarding fire dangers

    Firefighters were called to Bull Royd Avenue, Four Lane Ends, Bradford, at 9.08pm on Monday, March 3. The initial call was a house fire with persons reported inside. On arrival it was...

  • 28 Feb 2014

    Family of eight in Bradford have lucky escape after fire breaks out in home

      The family was alerted to the fire at their semi-detached home in Upper Woodlands Road, Girlington, Bradford, by a smoke alarm previously fitted by West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service crews....

  • 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...

  • 11 Feb 2014

    Recent incidents in Keighley spark cooking safety warnings

      Crews from Keighley Fire Station would like to raise awareness of fire safety when cooking after two incidents yesterday – one which resulted in an elderly woman being taken to hospital....

  • 18 Nov 2013

    Fire crews issue warning after blaze broke out in home with no smoke alarms

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued a safety warning following the house fire which happened in the early hours of Friday, November 15. Crews were called to Redcliffe...

  • 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...

  • 31 May 2013

    Haworth Community Fire Station

    In December 2012 West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority considered wide ranging changes to emergency cover in response to significant reductions in Government funding and one proposal was to...

  • 12 Apr 2013

    Your community needs you!

    As far as jobs go, they don’t come much more important than one which involves serving your community and saving lives. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is appealing for people in the rural...

  • 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...

  • 27 Jun 2012

    Safety first for Bradford students

    More than 200 school children from across Bradford took ‘Small Steps to Safety’. The year six youngsters from the Great Horton area of the city attended four events at West Yorkshire Fire and...

  • 15 Jun 2012

    Fire safety for carers

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding fire safety workshops in Bradford as part of Carers’ Week 2012 (18 – 24 June). Carers’ Connection is holding a ‘Keeping Safe’ event on...

  • 25 May 2012

    Safety advice at Bradford schools

     Firefighters met both pupils and parents from three Bradford schools to discuss cooking and road safety. Fairweather Green White Watch and prevention staff from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 17 Feb 2012

    West Yorkshire fire station claims top spot in national recycling competition

    Fire fighters at Idle Fire Station in West Yorkshire have been crowned champions of a national recycling competition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of services that...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 13 Dec 2011

    Young Firefighters celebrate graduation

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s popular Young Firefighters scheme has arrived in Keighley. The Young Firefighters scheme aims to engage with young people by promoting teamwork and...

  • 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...

  • 31 Oct 2011

    Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night in Bradford 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 – 47...

  • 18 Oct 2011

    Preparing for a safe Bonfire Night in Bradford district

    Fire service staff will be blitzing Bradford 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...

  • 10 Oct 2011

    West Yorkshire duo shortlisted for awards

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be backing Station Manager Dominic Furby and Chris Kenyon at this year’s prestigious Spirit of Fire Awards. This year will be the seventh Spirit of...

  • 20 Jul 2011

    Fun and safety day at Fairweather Green

    Fairweather Green Fire Station will be holding a Fun and Safety Day on Saturday, 6 August. There will be a number of attractions available including emergency services vehicles, a car fire...

  • 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...

  • 03 May 2011

    Helicopter used to tackle fire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is now fighting a moorland fire from the air.   A helicopter has been drafted in to drop water onto the fire on moorland near Wainstalls in Calderdale.  ...

  • 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...

  • 09 Mar 2011

    Statement regarding house fire in High Mill Lane, Addingham on 09/03/11

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service can confirm that the cause of a house fire which occurred in the early hours of this morning, in High Mill Lane, Addingham, was due to smoking materials....

  • 18 Feb 2011

    Play football, not with fire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is hoping to persuade youngsters to play football, not with fire when they hold a special coaching and education day during the half-term break. The aim...

  • 06 Jan 2011

    Fire chiefs call for safer new year

    Over the 15 day festive period, West Yorkshire’s firefighters turned out to more than 1300 incidents – 300 up on the same period last year. 192 of those turnouts were to fires involving people or...

  • 22 Nov 2010

    Firefighters appeal for safer roads (Bradford)

    Bradford firefighters will be urging drivers to slow down, belt up and switch off during this year’s Road Safety Week, which starts today (22 to 28 November). West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Pat on back for exemplary services

    PAT ON BACK FOR EXEMPLARY SERVICES West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue been given a vote of confidence for the way it deals with the public. Bradford’s Older People’s Partnership carried out a...

  • 20 Sep 2010

    Pat on Back for Explempary Services

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue been given a vote of confidence for the way it deals with the public.Bradford’s Older People’s Partnership carried out a ‘mystery shopper’ exercise earlier this year...

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Fire service smashes £25 target

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service staff have surpassed their target of raising £25,000 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Bradford City fire, reaching almost £30,000! Firefighters...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Brigade supports Bradford pride

    West Yorkshire firefighters are backing Bradford Pride 2010. The three-day event will culminate on Saturday (22 May) with an all-day party in Centenary Square featuring Eurovision pop diva,...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Firefighters issue wildfire warning

    Firefighters are urging people to take extra care while out in the countryside. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is hoping to halt the recent spate of moorland fires such as those recently...

  • 14 Oct 2010

    Fire service celebrates Sikh festival

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be supporting Bradford’s Sikh community as they celebrate this year’s Vaisakhi festival. Fire service staff will be available to offer fire safety and...

  • 12 Oct 2010

    Pakistani community information day

    As a member of the Pakistani community have you ever considered a career in the fire and rescue service (FRS) as a potential opportunity for your son or daughter? Many people think that a career...


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