Work on the new Batley and Dewsbury fire station officially got started with a sod-cutting ceremony.
Chairman of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority Coun Judith Hughes broke the ground at the site in Carlton Road last Friday.
The station, which will merge the existing stations on Carlinghow Lane, Batley, and Huddersfield Road, Dewsbury, is expected to be operational by October 2015. It will be staffed by 44 full-time firefighters and will house two fire engines. That is one less engine than the two stations currently have.
A dedicated Young Firefighters Suite will also be built, offering a classroom for up to 20 students and a garage space for the Young Firefighter vehicle, as well as a kit store and welfare area.
Builders Wildgoose Construction have promised to respect the area and cause minimum disruption during the 52-week build.