West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority is an independent body with a legal duty to provide a fire and rescue service that meets the needs of local communities. It also has responsibilities regarding the enforcement of fire prevention, petroleum and explosives legislation.
The authority is made up of 22 people who are appointed annually by the county’s five district councils: Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale.
It has been a pioneer in developing many of the community fire safety programmes which now lie at the heart of the national drive towards fire service modernisation. It is committed to a huge expansion of this type of work in the future.
The authority serves a population of more than two million spread over an area of almost 800 square miles. Fire cover is provided 24-hours per day, every day of the year.