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What is the Authority?

Legal Status

The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is a statutory Local Authority with corporate status and was originally established as the West Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority on 1 April 1986 under the Local Government Act 1985. Its statutory name was changed on 1 April 2005 and reflects changed and wider responsibilities imposed under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 and the Civil Contingencies Act 2004.

Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 (external link, opens in new window)
Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (external link, opens in new window)


The Authority is a Category One responder under the Civil Contingencies Act. Its primary functions are prescribed by the Fire and Rescue Services Act under which the Authority is charged with the provision, training and equipping of a Fire and Rescue Service capable of undertaking the following functions:

1. Fire Prevention
2. Fire Safety
3. Firefighting and Rescue
4. Road Traffic Collision extrication and rescue
5. Other emergency rescue activities including responding to flooding and terrorist attack
6. Special discretionary services (these may be subject to charging)

The Authority

There are 22 members appointed in accordance with a statutory formula by the five constituent authorities within West Yorkshire, i.e. Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield Councils. The appointments are made in proportion to the population levels within the five district council areas and in accordance with political balance rules. Members are ordinarily appointed at each annual Council meeting for a year at a time but their term of office can be extended or reduced by the appointing Council.

With effect from 24 May 2021 the political balance of the Authority is as follows:

Political party Number of members
Liberal Democrat 3
Morley Borough Independents


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Members’ Allowances

Member Allowances Claim Form Member Allowances Outturn – 2019/2020 Member Allowances – 2021/2022

Lead Members – Community Safety

Lead Members are elected Members of the Authority appointed to act as advocates or spokespeople for particular themes or areas of the Authority’s business activities. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority…

Member Champions

Member Champions are elected Members of the Authority appointed to act as advocate or spokesperson for a particular theme or area of the Authority’s business activities and to provide a…

Independent Person

The Localism Act 2011 repealed the mandatory requirement to maintain a Standards Committee with effect from 1st July 2012. The Act introduced a new procedure for dealing with the investigation…

Complaints about Elected Members

Please do not use this form if your complaint is about the standard of service, actions or lack of action by the Authority or by its staff when acting in…

Documents and Publications

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has agreed a Constitution which sets out how the Authority operates, how decisions are made and procedures which are followed to ensure that these…