Budget cuts could see Halifax lose one of its fire engines and West Yorkshire with 200 less firefighters

Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax
Halifax Fire Station, King Cross, Halifax

Halifax could lose one of its fire engines under plans to meet the budget cuts West Yorkshire Fires Service has been told it must make.

Across West Yorkshire, the proposals would also see the number of firefighters reduced by 200.

Chief Fire Officer Simon Pilling, who is recommending the raft of changes, said: “We know we have to find cuts of between £8m to £12m over the next two years - and already have plans in place - but all the messages coming out of central Governemnt project further reductions in financial support for local authorities up to 2020.

“Doing nothing is not an petion as my inability to recruit would eventually leave fire stations as glorified garages with unstaffed vehicles and equipment.”

He says, although radical, his proposals would improve fire enging response times in 23 higher risk areas.

Further details about the plans will be released next week if West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority agrees to consult on the proposals.

The authoirty has already agreed to close the fire station in Brighouse and Elland and replace them with one new one in Rastrick as part of the steps to save cash. Other steps included in the latest proposals would be to close Marsden Fire Station in Huddersfield, closing Haworth Fire Station, and removing a fire engine from Keighley Fire Station.

Chief Fire Officer Pilling added accidental fire deaths and injuries are an an all-time low.