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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 mission of the fire & rescue service is to keep the people of West Yorkshire safe and to provide an efficient and effective service to the community. The service has 40 fire stations and 46 frontline appliances.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

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

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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 – 2019/20

Service Area

784 square miles

Population

2.33m people
up3% local 5 yr change

Workforce

91% wholetime firefighters
9% on-call firefighters
0.43 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
down14% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change

Assets

40 stations
44 fire engines

Incidents

3.8 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
1.9 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
4.3 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national

Cost

£21.96 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

John Roberts