Fire stations set for axe in shake-up

Brighouse fire station now
Brighouse fire station now

BRIGHOUSE fire station could close after more than 120 years in the town.

The site in Lister Street is among 10 stations earmarked to close and be replaced by five new buildings under new proposals set to be unveiled next Friday by the fire service.

Firefighters have been serving the area from the base since 1971 after moving from their original headquarters opposite the Smith Art Gallery when the town’s first fire brigade was formed in the 1890s.

But after an emergency fire cover review last year identified critical areas of over and under provision “which could not be ignored” Chief Fire Officer for West Yorkshire Simon Pilling has proposed to close the stations both in Brighouse and Elland and build a new one in Rastrick.

He said one of the main reasons for the shake-up was because some of the stations were now half as busy as they were a few years ago but the brigade was still largely providing the same level of cover from the same number of stations as it did when it was formed in 1974.

For the full story see Brighouse Echo 01-09-11