THE NEW Ossett Fire Station was officially opened this week.
Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe opened the site on Silkwood Business Park which replaces the old station on Dale Street.
The new station is set to be staffed by 24 firefighters over four watches who will provide cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Assistant district commander John Lloyd said: “The station became operational on October 5 and crews have settled in very well.
“We are really looking forward to showing off this fantastic new station and everything it offers.”
The fire service say that the station’s close proximity to West Yorkshire’s major roads will make it easier for crews to deal with emergencies.
Chief fire officer Simon Pilling said: “It will provide a modern and efficient base from which to deliver our highly effective emergency response and community safety activities in the area for many years to come.”
The new station features room for two fire engines as well as a gym, kitchen, a multi-purpose room which the public can use and a young firefighters training facility. There are also six bedrooms available.
Firefighters at the station will not just respond to fires and road traffic collisions, they are also trained in swift water rescue and have the expertise to respond to incidents such as flooding.
As well as providing an emergency response, crews will also carry out prevention work in the local community to raise awareness of fire, road and water safety.
Vice chairman of the Fire Authority, Coun Tracey Austin, said: “I performed the sod-cutting for the new Ossett Fire Station and it’s fantastic to now see this state-of-the-art facility in operation.
“The station provides an excellent working environment for operational crews and support staff.”