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The people of Kirklees can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work.

Kirklees District Action Plan 2021/22

Your Fire and Rescue Service 2020 – 2023

Our Ambition is to “Make West Yorkshire Safer” and to do this we have to understand the challenges that the communities of Kirklees face. The people of Kirklees can be assured that we are making the district a safer place to live and work. During Covid -19 we continue to provide an effective service to our communities.

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; the overarching priorities in summary are:

  • Reduce the risks to the communities of West Yorkshire.
  • Continue to develop ways of working which improve the safety and effectiveness of our firefighters.
  • We will invest in information and communication technology, digital and data, to deliver our service in smarter ways.
  • Develop, and enable our people to be at their best.
  • We will promote environmentally friendly ways of working, reduce waste, and raise awareness amongst staff to both fight climate change and respond more effectively to incidents driven by extreme weather events.
  • We will actively look for opportunities to implement learning from the Grenfell Inquiry to improve how we respond to high rise emergencies and other foreseeable risks.
  • We will continue working towards delivering a more inclusive workforce, which reflects and serves the needs of the diverse communities of West Yorkshire.

What’s happening in Kirklees District…

Operational crews continue to prepare and respond to the wide range of risks that face our communities and several exercises are planned that focus on road traffic collisions, rail, and high rise incidents.

Over the past 18 months we have seen considerable progress and extremely positive results in relation to fire related injuries, road traffic collisions and malicious false alarms with less of

these happening. Good progress has been made against arson, primary fires, secondary fires, actual rescues, dwelling fires, and non-domestic building fires.

Although success has been observed, we are committed to focus on the challenges around arson,

dwelling fires, road safety and false alarms. This cannot be delivered in isolation and we will focus our efforts on proactive approaches and sharing of intelligence with key partners to identify areas of risk and address this through our risk reduction activity. We will continue to take the lead within the Arson Reduction Steering Group and Road Safety Partnership, through the Road Safety Group.

The team are dedicated to making Kirklees a safer place for our community and will continue to drive this objective and be pragmatic in our approach. We will not rest on our laurels, and the focus moving forward will be to build on the positive results achieved so far.

About this district

Kirklees is one of the largest metropolitan districts in England and Wales, with a population of 422,500 spread over an area of 157 square miles.

The area is a contrast between remote, rural areas and town centres. It includes a major motorway (M62) and rail network, together with areas that could present risk such as Standedge Tunnel, three major hospitals and seven Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) sites. Kirklees has a history of strong partnership work, which continues to go from strength to strength.

Kirklees District

Population 404,000+

Size of Area 157 miles2

Fire stations in this district

External view of Cleckheaton Fire station

Cleckheaton

Cleckheaton Fire Station personnel strive to make Cleckheaton a safer place and reduce overall incidents by maintaining the ability to deal with fire and rescue when required.  The area incorporates…

Dewsbury

The new Dewsbury Fire Station opened in August 2015.  It is located at Carlton Road and allows quick access onto Bradford Road (A652) and Halifax Road (A638) providing good links…

Headquarters

Oakroyd Hall was built in 1867 on what was the Halfway House Colliery. The house was occupied by several families until it was taken over by West Riding Council in…

External view of Holmfirth fire station

Holmfirth

Holmfirth Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre, being approximately 219 metres above sea level.  The station covers an area of approximately 28 square…

External view of Huddersfield fire station

Huddersfield

Huddersfield Fire Station, built in 1960, sits on the edge of town and allows interaction with members of the public. There is a population of 119,239 and the area incorporates…

External view of Meltham fire station

Meltham

Meltham Fire Station is situated five miles west of Huddersfield and the village, with a population of approximately 8,000, is approximately 250 metres above sea level.  The fire station, built in…

External view of Mirfield fire station

Mirfield

Mirfield Fire Station was constructed in 1965 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre.  The station covers the area north east of Huddersfield and is approximately 12 square…

External view of Skelmanthorpe fire station

Skelmanthorpe

Skelmanthorpe Fire Station was constructed in 1956 and sits on the outskirts of the village centre which is approximately 200 metres above sea level.  The station covers the area south of…

External view of Slaithwaite fire station

Slaithwaite

Slaithwaite Fire Station, built in 1962, is a retained station staffed by a mix of retained and wholetime retained personnel.  It is situated approximately 4 miles from Huddersfield and provides…

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