WORK on a new fire station in Batley Carr is due to start today (Friday) with a sod-cutting ceremony.
The facility on Carlton Road, being built by Wildgoose Construction, is set to be operational by October next year.
Manned by 44 crews, it will replace the two existing fire stations in Batley and Dewsbury.
It will have ground floor offices, training and equipment rooms and four large appliance bays.
Fire chiefs believe the new building will offer better response times to parts of Dewsbury, Batley and Ossett.
Chief fire officer Simon Pilling said: “It has been geographically placed to give optimum fire cover based on the risks faced by the community.
“Extensive research and planning has gone into this project. It is incredibly rewarding to see this hard work come to fruition.”
In July, crews carried out 514 home safety checks around Dewsbury and Batley as part of merger preparations.
A further 3,000 addresses in the area were identified which may benefit from similar advice.
Mr Pilling said: “The brigade has been extremely successful over the last 10 years in reducing the number of fire calls it receives.
“This has been largely due to the prevention work carried out through home fire safety visits.”
He cited this as a reason for the merger, though budget cuts which also involve job losses are another factor.
Carlton Road is in a built-up area between Bradford Road and Halifax Road with homes and businesses.
Jonathan Wildgoose, chairman of Wildgoose Constr-uction, said: “We are well aware of the concerns the community might have.
“Material deliveries will be programmed to arrive at reasonable times in the day to avoid busy periods.
“And noise will be kept to a minimum to cause the minimum amount of disruption possible.”