From the District
The people of Leeds 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.
Leeds Risk Reduction Plan 2013-14 and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Action Plan for 2013-14
Our priorities are:
- to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection programme. In simple terms, we want to prevent fires occurring in the first place. To date, our actions have been extremely successful in this area and we have saved lives. We intend to work with partner agencies and target those most at risk to continue this programme
- 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.
What's happening in the Leeds District
Leeds Charity Ladder Climb
On the 4th May we will be holding a charity ladder climb, taking place at the Marks & Spencer store, Briggate, Leeds City centre. This will be a non-stop climb performed by over forty firefighters who are attempting to climb the height of The Empire State Building…..twenty times!
All support on the day will be hugely appreciated and proceeds will go to The Firefighters Charity. This charity provides rehabilitation to injured firefighters. Come down and enjoy this fun filled day.
Wide Area Flooding Exercise – Leeds City Centre.
There have recently been two large fire service exercises in Leeds City Centre. On the 7th & 19th of March we undertook a wide area flooding exercise. This was to test the fire services ability to rescue a large number of stranded people in high flood waters.
The exercise took place on the River Aire between Asda House and The Royal Armouries. There were six fire appliances and three support appliances available to fire service officers in their attempts to find a quick resolution to a highly challenging realistic scenario.
Specialist water rescue teams and equipment were utilised for searching a large area. These included a powered boat which has been provided in response to continued flooding around West Yorkshire and the UK. Crews were able to complete difficult recues in a short space of time, dealing with well-rehearsed British Red Cross volunteers in a successful way.
This was a great exercise that allowed us to deal with live casualties and test our procedures.
Working in partnership with The Rotary Club
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are working in partnership with The Rotary Club; fourteen volunteer members of the Calverley Branch of the Rotary Club have received training to carry out home fire safety checks (HFSC’s) in their own area.
Rotarians know their community inside out and their local knowledge is invaluable to us because they are well placed to know who would benefit the most from fire safety advice and interventions in their homes and where to locate these people.
Having visited members of their community, some were found to be at greater risk and were subsequently visited by dedicated Fire Service ‘High Risk Prevention Officers’ who provided further specialist intervention.
The service the Rotarians provide alongside the Fire Service could potentially save the lives of the more vulnerable members of their community and over 150 HFSC’s have been undertaken to date.
Working in partnership with Rotary Club volunteers to reduce risk within their own communities, means that WYFRS is able to target our own resources into those areas of higher risk.
New Young Fire Fighter's Scheme for West Leeds
A proposal for a Young Fire-fighters scheme at Stanningley is on-going. A site meeting had taken place with Darren Todd from the Property Department to identify what resources/funding would be required.
It is felt that the demographics of Stanningley and the surrounding areas makes it an ideal location for the setting up of a YFF’s facility. Local schools will be approached and it is felt that the number of students required to maintain the facility at Stanningley will not be a problem.
There are a number of different course available, including the 2 year BTEC Cert and the 1 year BTEC Award as well as other shorter courses.
Personnel from Stanningley will be trained up as instructors using the experience and knowledge of current instructors working out of Gipton
About this district
Leeds district covers an area of approximately 213 square miles with a population of 750,000, made up of 130 different nationalities.
Leeds is the most important financial, legal and business centre outside London.
There are a number of high risk sites, including two major hospitals, two large sports stadia and a number of large shopping outlets. The area’s main transport links are Leeds Bradford International Airport, Leeds Railway Station, the M1, M62 and M621 motorways and A1 trunk road.
Leeds is home to the successful East Leeds Young Firefighters scheme, based at Gipton Fire Station and the district includes a community safety department and arson task force.
Leeds District Stats
Size of Area 213 miles2
17 Fire Appliances
213 Fires Put-out
Stats from February 13
Fire stations in this district
Cookridge is in fire service terms a relatively new station although having been constructed in 1990 it is now 20 years since opening. The station area covers the north western part of Leeds which...
Garforth Station, built in 1985, serves a population of 45,297 people and covers the eastern part of Leeds district which is approximately 34.70 square miles. This includes the mainly residential ...
Gipton Fire Station, built in 1937, is situated on Gipton Approach, off the A64 on the east side of Leeds. The station has two appliances and is staffed 24 hours a day. The team is made up of a s...
Located on Dewsbury Road, Hunslet covers the residential areas of Beeston, Cross Flatts, Holbeck, Middleton, Belle Isle and the new high rise developments that border the River Aire. There is a po...
Leeds Fire Station provides an excellent service to the local community and the people of West Yorkshire. The station serves a population of 65,526 and the area incorporates 29,238 dwellings. The...
Moortown Fire Station, built in 1956, is situated at the Harrogate Road end of Stonegate Road. It houses two operational wholetime fire appliances. The station is staffed by a station commander (...
Morley Fire Station is located on Corporation Street and was built in 1961. The station protects a population of 57,677 people and covers the area of Morley and locations of Drighlington, Gilderso...
Otley Fire Station covers the town of Otley and also the wider area of Menston, Weston and Askwith. The station area is approximately seven square miles. The station is managed by a station comma...
Rawdon Fire Station was built in 1974 and serves an area of approximately sixteen square miles including the areas of Rawdon, Yeadon, Guiseley, Hawksworth, Menston and parts of Apperley Bridge. Th...
Rothwell Fire Station, built in 1963, is located on Carlton Lane. The station protects a population of 35,127 people and covers the area of Rothwell and locations of Thorpe, Robin Hood, John O'Gau...
Stanks station, built in 1973, serves a population of over 42,452 people, covering approximately 14.39 square miles which includes the mainly residential areas of Whinmoor, Swarcliffe, Whitkirk, Co...
Stanningley Fire Station is located at the junction of Stanningley Road and Swinnow Lane and covers the western part of Leeds, which includes the mainly residential areas of Pudsey, Bramley, Armley...
Wetherby Fire Station, built in 1957, is situated in the centre of the small market town and houses one operational fire appliance that is staffed on the day crew system. The station commander (wh...