From the District

District Commander Tim Jones

The people of Wakefield 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.

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

Our priorities for the district have been identified in a climate of stringent financial constraint and are based on a risk assessment that will ensure we maintain the safety of the public and our staff. Our priorities are:

  • to deliver a proactive fire prevention and protection 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


Whats happening in Wakefield district...

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

A District Command Team consisting of the District Commander an Assistant District Commander who has responsibility for operational matters and training and an Assistant District Manager with responsibility for Community Safety along with several teams based at the District HQ at Wakefield fire station are tasked with providing an operational fire service that works with the community to reduce the risk from fire, whether this be in the home, workplace or the wider community.

These teams are:

  • Arson Task Force
  • Community Fire Safety and
  • Fire Protection

To assist us with our aim of reducing the incidence of fire, we have developed several partnerships with other agencies including:

  • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, Family Services
  • The Mental Health Rapid Access Scheme
  • Wakefield District Housing
  • Wakefield District Community Healthcare
  • Wakefield Society for Deaf People
  • Victim Support

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 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 Normant...

External view of Featherstone fire station


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, built ...

Normanton Fire Station


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. In the past Normanton...

External view of Ossett Fire Station


Ossett fire station, built in 1972, is situated at the heart of a busy mixed industrial and residential area bordering Wakefield and Dewsbury. There is a population of 48,632 and there are 20,525 d...

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 the new station, at South...

External view of Wakefield fire station


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...

Pontefract Fire Station


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, Chequer...


  • 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...

  • 27 Feb 2015

    Dignitaries impressed after first glimpse of new South Kirkby Fire Station

    Dignitaries and community members were thoroughly impressed with the new South Kirkby Fire Station after a ‘first glimpse’ during its official opening today. Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire,...

  • 05 Jan 2015

    Safety warning issued after cigarette starts house fire

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued a safety warning after a discarded cigarette started a fire at a house in Castleford Road, Normanton, on Friday evening (Jan 2). Engines...

  • 02 Oct 2014

    Making a dramatic difference to fire safety!

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has teamed up with award winning theatre company, Performance in Education, to deliver a hard-hitting fire safety production. “Flashpoint” addresses...

  • 14 Aug 2014

    Dad reunited with firefighter who saved his life!

    Dad Dominic Beadle has been reunited with the firefighter who helped save his life after he had a cardiac arrest aged just 38-years-old. The dad of six-month-old Anya Beadle ‘died for 10 minutes’...

  • 29 Jul 2014

    Boat safety advice issued after couple rescued in Castleford

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing safety advice to prevent fires on vessels after a couple had a lucky escape from a boat fire on Sunday afternoon (July 27). At around 1345 hrs...

  • 28 Apr 2014

    Increase in domestic fires in Pontefract leads to advice

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has issued some fire safety advice following an increase in house fires in the Pontefract and Knottingley areas during March and April this year. In...

  • 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...

  • 16 Dec 2013

    Sod cutting for new South Kirkby Fire Station

      A gleaming spade will sink into the ground on Wednesday (December 18) marking the beginning of construction work on a new fire station at South Kirkby. The sod cutting ceremony will see fire...

  • 22 Nov 2013

    Quick-thinking teenager saves grandmother after chip pan fire breaks out in home

    Quick-thinking youngster Katie Ryan raised the alarm after a chip pan fire started in her grandmother’shome in the Hemsworth area of Wakefield on the evening of Tuesday, November 19.Maureen...

  • 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

    Putting their oar in for a great cause

    Firefighters from Castleford are in training for an Olympic size rowing challenge which will take them on a cross country journey in aid of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The rowers are joining in...

  • 01 May 2013

    Emergency Services Weekend

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are holding an Emergency Services Weekend at the Trininty Walk, Wakefield City Centre on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May from 11am to 3pm on both days....

  • 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 Jul 2012

    Fire crews to promote road safety

      Firefighters will demonstrate the shocking consequences of being involved in a road traffic collision when they take part in a road safety event in Wakefield city centre. The Roadshow on 10...

  • 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,...

  • 20 Apr 2012

    Opening of first 'Blue Light' station

    New fire stations in Pontefract and Normanton are to be officially opened next week by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr. Ingrid Roscoe. Pontefract will become the first ‘Blue Light’...

  • 24 Feb 2012

    Use laptops with care

    Fire chiefs have issued a safety warning following two serious house fires caused by the misuse of laptops. In both incidents, a laptop had been left running on a bed. Fire investigator, Gary...

  • 09 Feb 2012

    Take care with chips

    Fire chiefs are urging chip lovers to take care when indulging in one of the nation’s favourite foods. West Yorkshire’s firefighters dealt with 120 chip pan fires last year (in which 79 people...

  • 31 Jan 2012

    Fire crews move to new Normanton Fire Station

    Normanton’s brand new fire station will become operational this week (w/c 30 January). The new fire station, built by Caddick Construction, has been completed three months ahead of schedule. It...

  • 24 Jan 2012

    New district commander for Wakefield

    Group Manager Martin Langan has been appointed the new district commander for Wakefield. Martin has served at most fire stations in the district during his career so far, most notably as watch...

  • 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...

  • 18 Nov 2011

    Young people applauded for completing course

    Young people in Wakefield will be rewarded for completing a gruelling course which has seen them put through their paces by firefighters and police officers. The 10-week combined services course...

  • 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...

  • 18 Oct 2011

    Preparing for a safe Bonfire Night in Wakefield district

    Fire service staff will join forces with partner agencies in the run-up to Bonfire Night to keep Wakefield safe. Hundreds of school children across the district will benefit from safety talks in...

  • 05 Aug 2011

    Fire crews to promote road safety

    MEDIA INVITE When: Friday, 12 August at 1.30pm. Where: Outside Wakefield Cathedral, Wakefield city centre. What: Fire crews from Ossett will set up a mock road traffic collision and extricate...

  • 27 Jul 2011

    Firefighters save thousands of young chicks

    Firefighters have saved thousands of young chicks from a blaze at the world’s oldest wildfowl and nature reserve in Wakefield. Fire broke out in undergrowth at Haw Park Woods, The Heronry, on...

  • 19 Jul 2011

    Holiday getaway prompts motorway safety warning

    West Yorkshire firefighters will be urging drivers to take care on the motorway when they head off on their holidays this summer. The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) Road Safety Day on...

  • 15 Jul 2011

    Blast footage prompts warning

    BLAST FOOTAGE PROMPTS WARNING West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has taken the bold step of releasing CCTV footage of the moment a house exploded, just yards from firefighters and the...

  • 08 Jul 2011

    Praise for life-saving actions

    Firefighters have been praised for their quick-thinking, which saved the lives of residents in Hightown, Castleford, in the early hours of this morning (8 July 2011). Fire engines from...

  • 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

    Revolutionary dual-purpose appliances go on run

    Two revolutionary appliances which combine the benefits of a traditional fire engine and a high-rise platform have gone on the run in West Yorkshire.   The dual-purpose machines are based at...

  • 01 Apr 2011

    Featherstone garage fire: cordon to be lifted

    It is expected that residents in Featherstone will be able to return to their homes from 8pm tonight, following a fire at Wellburn Transport, Church Lane. Firefighters were called to the...

  • 01 Apr 2011

    Fire crews praised for first class response

    West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s incident commander, who was in charge of last night’s fire at Wellburn Transport, Featherstone, has praised firefighters for their rapid response and...

  • 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...

  • 01 Mar 2011

    Work Begins on £2m. Pontefract Fire Station

    Work begins next week on a £2m. project for the replacement of Pontefract and Knottingley fire stations. The complex, in Bondgate which is mid-way between the two existing stations and has...

  • 22 Nov 2010

    Firefighters appeal for safer roads (Wakefield)

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

  • 21 Oct 2010

    Brigade backs Wakefield pride

    West Yorkshire fire chiefs are backing Wakefield Pride 2010. The event, on Sunday 8 August, is one of the most popular Pride events in the county and will feature a march through the city centre...

  • 12 Oct 2010

    Protect your property from arson

    Firefighters are urging businesses to take some simple precautionary steps to avoid becoming the victims of arson. It is feared that skips, wheelie bins and bags of rubbish left close to...