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From the District

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 2018-2019

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Action Plan 2018-2019

Our priorities are:

  • Deliver a proactive community safety programme.
  • Deliver a professional and resilient emergency response service.
  • Provide a safe skilled workforce that serves the needs of a diverse community.
  • Provide effective and ethical governance and achieve value for money.


What’s happening in Wakefield district…

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

A District Command team led by the District Commander are responsible for the delivery of an efficient and effective service for the Wakefield community. We have just completed our performance report for the Fire Authority detailing the amazing successes we have achieved for 2017/18. We have seen a reduction in the number of serious fires and injuries within our community and have delivered road safety training to over 2000 people throughout 2017/18.

Your district team have produced a new action plan for the next fiscal year which details the ambitious objectives we aim to deliver over the next 12 months. We will be working closely with key partners and teams within the district.

These teams include:

  • WYFRS Community Fire Safety
  • WYFRS Fire Protection
  • West Yorkshire Police
  • Age UK
  • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
  • The Mental Health Rapid Access Scheme
  • WDH
  • Wakefield District Community Healthcare
  • Wakefield Society for Deaf People
  • Victim Support
  • Community Safety Partnership
  • Health & Wellbeing Board
  • Wakefield CCG

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…

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,…

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….


Ossett station is the new home of the Wakefield District Support Team who were previously based at Wakefield. The Team incorporates Ops training, Prevention and HR personnel. The Ops team…

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, Chequerfield,…

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…

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 together…