Building work is well underway on the new state-of-theart fire station near Ossett. The new base is being built at Silkwood Industrial Park, near junction 40 on the M1.
The fire station is relocating from Dale Street, Ossett, to nearer Wakefield city centre as part of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority's Integrated Risk Management Plan and replaces the current near Ossett town centre built in 1972.
The new location, at Junction 40 of the M1, will enable crews to support the Combined Aerial Rescue Pump
based in Wakefield when the second appliance at Wakefield Fire Station has been removed
The £3.76m project could take up to 52 weeks to complete and the station is expected to be operating from November 2016.
Coun Tracey Austin, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service vice chairwoman, carried out the ground
breaking ceremony at the site on Wednesday 2nd September 2015. She said: “I am pleased to have carried out the honours for the new fire station, which will facilitate Ossett and surrounding areas. “This marks the start of a very exciting project in Wakefield district and I am looking forward to seeing the new station taking shape.” It will have state-of-the-art facilities including a gym, kitchen and a young firefighters training facility on the ground floor. The base will also have six study bedrooms, and a multi-purpose room, which can be used by the public.