A new fire station opened today as two others closed down.
Rastrick Station ‘went live’ from 8am and has been in a transition period for over a month to allow crews to adjust to their new surroundings.
The location for the new station, at the junction of Clough Lane and Slade Lane, was chosen to allow quick access to the M62 and is approximately two miles from Brighouse and Elland.
District Commander for Calderdale Martyn Greenwood added: “It was an emotional day to see Elland and Brighouse close, but as the fire service evolves we recognise this is an exciting new chapter. The new station represents significant investment in Calderdale and a long-term commitment to providing excellent service delivery standards.”
“I would like to say thank you and show my appreciation to the crews at Elland and Brighouse for their dedicated service.”
The new station at Rastrick station has specialist water rescue equipment housing a powerboat with all the crew highly trained in swift water rescue.
There are also three bays for fire engines, a dormitory and rest and recreation area, a service yard and car parking as well as a multi-purpose room available for community use.
Station Commander Gareth Atkins said: “I’ve worked closely with the Rastrick crew over the past few months and I’ve seen the excitement building.”
Closing Brighouse and Elland stations, which were built in 1971 and 1965 respectively, will save around £1m a year.
An official opening of the Rastrick Station will be held on July 28, followed by a community open day in August.