'We're always here for you': This is how firefighters can help if you feel unsafe walking in Leeds

The fire service has reminded people in West Yorkshire that all its stations offer a place of safety.

Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:08 am
Updated Monday, 15th March 2021, 10:10 am

Women across the country have shared their stories of feeling unsafe as they go about their daily lives, promoted by the disappearance of Sarah Everard who was found dead in Kent last week.

Women in Leeds have come together to say they don't want to feel scared on the city's streets anymore, as research from UN Women UK found that 97 per cent of young women have been sexually harassed.

As the national conversation around women's safety continues, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) has reminded people that its fire stations offer a place of safety.

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Those who need help or feel unsafe can seek refuge at the fire stations in Leeds

Those who need help or feel unsafe can seek refuge at the stations, most of which are open 24/7.

There are 12 stations in Leeds, located in Cookridge, Garforth, Hunslet, Killingbeck, Kirkstall Road, Moortown, Morley, Otley, Rawdon, Rothwell, Stanningley and Wetherby.

In a tweet, WYFRS said: "Just a reminder...if you ever need any help or feel unsafe across West Yorkshire most of our fire stations are open 24/7 and offer a place of safety.

"We're always open and we're always here for you."

The operations support area manager of WYFRS, Dave Teggart, added that help is available even when a station isn't staffed.

He said: "There is a phone outside that will connect you to our Control."

The fire service has been praised on social media for issuing the guidance.

One Twitter user said: "Terrific message to put out there, thank you."

Another woman added: "Thank you and bravo."

Where are fire stations located in Leeds?

- Cookridge: Otley Old Road, LS16 7BF

- Garforth: Ninelands Lane, LS25 2AN

- Hunslet: Dewsbury Road, LS11 6JT

- Killingbeck: York Road, LS14 6UJ

- City centre: Kirkstall Road, LS3 1NF

- Moortown: Stonegate Road, LS17 6EJ

- Morley: Corporation Street, LS27 9NB

- Otley: Bondgate, LS21 3AB

- Rawdon: Green Lane, LS19 7BY

- Rothwell: Carlton Lane, LS26 ODH

- Stanningley: 637 Stanningley Road, LS28 6FS

- Wetherby: Walton Road, LS22 6JJ

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