Building work is well under way for a new purpose-built fire station to serve areas of Calderdale.

The new facility is being built at Rastrick to replace existing stations at Elland and Brighouse and is due to be completed by April next year.

And building contractors have been on site since May working on the new building which is being built at the junction of Clough Lane and Slade Lane.

Work begins on Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick
Work begins on Rastrick Fire Station, Clough Lane, Rastrick
 

The steel structure can now be seen going up after months of preparations to dig foundations and prepare the site.

The location has been chosen for the station due to its good access to Elland, Brighouse, the M62 and surrounding areas.

The crew will be one of West Yorkshire’s specialist water rescue and flood response teams.

The new fire station will provide three bays for fire engines and enough rooms to accommodate the fire service personnel and associated equipment. There will also be a dormitory and rest and recreation areas, a service yard to the rear and car parking areas.

Artists impression of proposed Rastrick Fire Station on land off Clough Lane
Artists impression of proposed Rastrick Fire Station on land off Clough Lane
 

West Yorkshire Fire Authority gave the go-ahead for the project after considering a range of options as part of a region-wide review of fire stations.

As part of a string of new stations set for West Yorkshire the Fire Service has signed up to Considerate Constructors Scheme to minimise disruption for those living near the sites.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Steve Beckley, said: ‘Being a good neighbour is something that the fire service prides itself on and is determined to promote throughout the building of our new fire stations.

“We see this scheme as a positive step in ensuring that the values we hold within the service are reflected in those who work on our behalf.

“It is our intention that all of the new fire station build programmes will be part of the scheme ensuring that registered sites and companies should do all they can to reduce any negative impact on anyone affected by their work.”

There are also plans to close Batley and Dewsbury fire stations and merge them into a new station at Batley Carr, wth work under way at Carlton Road.

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