West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
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The West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service is the county-wide, statutory emergency fire and rescue service for the metropolitan county of West Yorkshire, England. It is administered by a joint authority of 22 people who are appointed annually from the five metropolitan boroughs of West Yorkshire, known as the Fire and Rescue Authority.
West Yorkshire covers an area of approximately 800 square miles (2,100 km2) which includes remote moorland, rural villages, large towns and cities as well as Leeds Bradford International Airport. The fire and rescue service's headquarters are located at Oakroyd Hall, Bradford Road, Birkenshaw, Bradford. There is also a large training centre at Birkenshaw used by other authorities besides West Yorkshire.
The brigade was formed in 1974 when the unitary county of West Yorkshire was created and was an amalgamation of smaller forces across the county.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service operates 48 fire stations, of which 32 are crewed day and night (wholetime), two are day crewed (Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 18:00) and the remainder are crewed by retained firefighters who live near to their fire station and can arrive there within five minutes of a call being received.
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