Fire station to be built by 2014

TWO fire stations will be closed and a new one built in Rastrick by the middle of 2014.

It has been revealed that the fire service hopes to close the stations at Brighouse and Elland in July 2014 once the new one has been built in Clough Lane.

Building a new fire station in the Rastrick area is part of a bigger plan by the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority which includes losing 102 firefighters, closing ten stations and building five new ones.

The proposals were approved at the end of last year after it was discovered that Brighouse station was in need of a “great deal of refurbishment” and Elland was in need of a “lot of modernisation”.

Both stations are classed as low-risk in respect of fire-related emergencies. And the two towns proximity to the M62 means crews respond to a higher than average number of road accidents.

The plans received backing from station commander Andy Crowther, Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker and all the ward councillors at the time.

Mr Whittaker has said that this should be seen as hugely positive that when times are really tight with money that fire chiefs have decided they will build a brand new fire station that could only benefit the area.

At the moment 48 full-time firefighters serve the two stations.

But when the two are combined 24 of the posts will be removed by planned retirements.

It is estimated that the new station will cost in the region of £1 million.