Plans unveiled for new fire station in Dewsbury

Fire chiefs are currently drawing up final proposals for the new station in Carlton Road, Dewsbury which will replace the existing stations in Dewsbury and Batley

An artist's impression of the new fire station for north Kirklees

Work will start in April 2014 on a new fire station serving north Kirklees.

Fire chiefs are currently drawing up final proposals for the new station in Carlton Road, Dewsbury which will replace the existing stations in Dewsbury and Batley.

It is one of several planned new stations for the West Yorkshire brigade. Another is planned for Clough Lane, Rastrick.

Kirklees District Commander Chris Kirby said: “West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has been extremely successful over the last decade in reducing the amount of fire calls it receives.

“This has been achieved by a number of initiatives such as our Home Fire Safety Check for householders.

“This reduction, as well as a drive from Central Government for greater efficiency savings, has led us to look at how we can provide the best operational cover for the resources allocated.

“The relocation and merging of stations allows us to place those available resources in optimum geographical positions based on the risks communities face.

“The site at Carlton Road allows quick access onto Bradford Road and Halifax Road providing good links into Dewsbury and Batley.

Hudds Fire Station Commander Chris Kirby.
Hudds Fire Station Commander Chris Kirby.
 

“The new station will contain two fire engines, and specialist appliances and equipment to deal with a range of emergency situations.

“The station will be staffed by 44 whole time firefighters and there will be a team of specialist officers who will work from the site, providing a first class response service”.

The new building, which is set to open in October 2015, will also feature offices, training and equipment rooms in addition to four large appliance bays that will house the fire engines. The first floor will provide accommodation for the on-call staff.

Work will start on the site in April.

 
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