03 Apr 2020
Firefighter colleagues from the region’s four fire and rescue services will be joining Yorkshire Ambulance Service to provide additional support during the current coronavirus pandemic. The 48 volunteers (12 from…
01 Apr 2020
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Calderdale Council are working together to support Calderdale residents who are most at risk from coronavirus (COVID-19). From this week, the most vulnerable…
27 Mar 2020
Firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) will have the opportunity to assist partners in the ambulance service during the Coronavirus pandemic. If required, crews will be able…
23 Mar 2020
Firefighters from across West Yorkshire have been tackling a significant moorland blaze at Deer Hill Reservoir in Marsden today after an emergency call came in just before 12.30pm. The incident…
20 Mar 2020
West Yorkshire Prepared, the region’s Local Resilience Forum (LRF), is today declaring the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as a ‘Major Incident’. The LRF involves numerous agencies and organisations across the region,…
20 Mar 2020
Joint statement from Chief Fire Officer John Roberts and Chair of the Fire Authority Councillor Darren O’Donovan West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to reassure the public that…
21 Feb 2020
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (WYFRA) today agreed a minor precept increase of 1.99%. This equates to an increase in council tax of 2.4 pence per week for a…
31 Jan 2020
Three companies have been ordered to pay fines totalling £670,000 after admitting fire safety failings at a building used for student accommodation in Leeds. Judge Mairs at Leeds Crown Court…
31 Jan 2020
West Yorkshire Prepared, the regional multi-agency partnership of which West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is a key member, had a busy year in 2019 ensuring our communities are…
24 Jan 2020
Sadly on Friday January 17, a man in his 70s, who lived in White Platts Street, Todmorden, died following a fire at his mid-terrace home. Fire crews were called…
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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) is pleased to announce that construction has begun on the new Wakefield Fire Station, located on Brunswick Street. The £2.9 million project will see the existing fire station demolished and a smaller fit for purpose and more energy efficient replacement will take its place with much lower running cost.A sod-cutting event took place this morning with local dignitaries including the Chief and Deputy Chief Fire Officer John Roberts and Dave Walton, Vice – Chair of the Fire Authority Tracey Austin and the Mayor of Wakefield Councillor Charles Keith in attendance.
The ceremony marks the start of the build, with the new station, expected to be operational in August 2020. The new Wakefield Fire Station development programme started on 28th May 2019.
This is a phased programme commencing with the installation of a temporary appliance bay for use with the existing welfare accommodation during most of the project. This temporary bay will allow the next phase to begin – involving demolition of the existing six appliance bays and construction of the new two bay fire station on the same area.
Following construction and fitting out, the former welfare building will be demolished and the site work and security arrangements will be completed.
The actual construction site will require careful ongoing management and planning due to the continued use of the remainder of the site for operational fire and rescue activities.
The new station will have two bays adjoining the welfare accommodation which will include a kitchen/dining space, office spaces and a gym area. A new steel tower will be installed at the rear of the drill ground. The steel framed, brickwork constructed station will also have some panelling and pre-finished, low maintenance windows, roof edging and other finishes.
The fire station has been designed and detailed by Bradshaw Gass & Hope and will be built by Marshall building contractors.
It will offer a state-of-the-art facility, crewed by wholetime firefighters, providing emergency cover 24/7.
You can track the progress of the new station with updated photos below.
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