‘New era’ for fire service as building starts on new Leeds station

Artist's impression of new Killingbeck fire station
Artist's impression of new Killingbeck fire station
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A ceremony marking the start of building work on a new state-of-the-art fire station in Leeds will take place this week.

The new Killingbeck fire station, next to Killingbeck police station off York Road, will replace the current stations at Gipton and Stanks as West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service seeks to save money.

It is part of a brigade-wide restructure that will see nine stations replace 17 by 2020.

A sod-cutting ceremony is planned for Friday and the station is expected to take a year to build.

Chief fire officer Simon Pilling claimed the programme offered the best value for money and could even see response times reduced in high risk areas because of the location of the new stations.

He added: “The brigade has been extremely successful over the last ten years in reducing the number of fire calls it receives.

“The relocation and merging of stations allows us to place available resources in optimum geographical positions based on the risks communities face.

“Subsequently, we are now entering a new era in terms of how fire cover is delivered across West Yorkshire.”

The two-storey station will have 44 full-time firefighters, with office space, equipment storage and a garage for two fire engines.

There will also be a training tower.

Coun Judith Hughes, chairman of West Yorkshire Fire Authority, said: “The new Killingbeck fire station will not only provide a first class facility from which fire and rescue response is delivered, but an independent community room will also allow partner agencies to interact and share working experiences with the service.”

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