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Fire Service forward plan released

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) has released its three year forward plan, called Your Fire and Rescue Service 2019-2022.

The brochure sets out our priorities, our finances and resourcing and how we manage the level of risk that people face from fire and other emergencies like flooding or road traffic accidents.

It is available to view online here and a limited number of hardcopies will be available in libraries and on fire stations.

The document will help people better understand what today’s modern Fire and Rescue Service offers, whilst also giving an overview of our past, our present and our predictions for the future.

It also highlights the scope of the work the Fire and Rescue Service undertakes, from keeping people safe in all kinds of different emergencies to preventing accidents in the first place through home ‘Safe and Well’ visits.

It looks at the demographics and landscapes that we cover, our pledge to protect those most vulnerable and the best ways of working through collaboration with our partners to provide efficiencies.

Chief Fire Officer John Roberts said: “We plan carefully to meet the changing needs of our society and our ambition remains the same as ever, to Make West Yorkshire Safer.

“The modern day Fire and Rescue Service is not just about responding to fires or emergencies and we hope that the document we have produced will give you an insight into how we operate and what we offer; we hope you will be impressed.”

The document was subject to a 12- week period of consultation and combines the Service Plan and the Integrated Risk Management Plan.

Background

  • WYFRS serves a diverse population of 2.2 million people spread over 800 square miles
  • We are governed by West Yorkshire Fire Authority, which is made up of 22 councillors from the five metropolitan districts of Bradford, Leeds, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield
  • We have 40 fire stations and 46 fire engines
  • We operate wholetime, close call, day crewing and retained duty systems
  • We employ approximately 1,400 staff
  • We have faced cuts of 26.2 million since 2010
  • We need to reduce what we spend by at least £2.4 million by April 2020 to balance the ongoing reduction in budget