Reassurance over fire closures

Elland Fire Station, South Lane, Elland.
Elland Fire Station, South Lane, Elland.

FIRE chiefs have sought to reassure people about the possible closure of two Calderdale fire stations.

Councillor David Ridgway, who chairs West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, said there had been research and internal input from officers in the brigade.

The county’s chief fire officer will unveil plans next week for major changes including the opening of five new stations.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling said critical areas of over and under provision had been found which could not be ignored.

Coun Ridgeway said: “Make no mistake that we have gone through the most thorough review of fire cover ever seen in West Yorkshire and although significant change is only proposed in certain station areas every fire station, appliance and resource has been looked at.”

He said although they were bracing themselves to lose up to £18m from a central government grant, the case for change came from the the brigade’s legacy of old and poorly sited building stock.

“We will certainly want to hear the views and listen to the concerns of local people before making any final decisions,” he said.