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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue serves the five metropolitan boroughs of City of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, City of Leeds and City of Wakefield. The Metropolitan county has grown to become the fourth largest in the UK after Greater London, West Midlands and Greater Manchester. The county also has Leeds Bradford International Airport.

The service has 40 fire stations with its headquarters in Birkenshaw.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Roy Wilsher is HMI for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s Northern fire region

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2020/2021

Service Area

784 square miles

Population

2.35m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

90% wholetime firefighters
10% on-call firefighters
0.42 per 1000 population local
0.56 national level
down7% local 5 yr change
down5% national 5 yr change

Assets

40 stations
46 fire engines

Incidents

3.9 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.8 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
4.4 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
3.8 national

Cost

£21.42 firefighter cost per person per year
£25.22 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

John Roberts

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