A NEW manager for South Elmsall and Hemsworth fire stations has been appointed.
Stephen Fealy, 42, took over the role around a fortnight ago, replacing temporary manager Richard Hall.
Mr Fealy, who lives in Ossett, has worked in the fire service for 23 years - and started his career as a probationary firefighter in South Elmsall.
He has previously worked in stations across the Wakefield district and in community safety in Bradford, as well as at the force’s training centre.
The married dad-of-four, who grew up in the Express area, said he hoped to continue with the station’s good partnership working.
He said: “I started my career here on the white watch so it made sense to return here as station manager.
“My main focus for the stations is prevention.
“We work with police, schools and partner agencies to try and prevent fires and road traffic accidents happening in the first place.
“We also work to protect the community to educate people on fire risks and improve the safety of homes and businesses by fitting free smoke alarms, issuing advice and ensuring businesses comply with fire legislation.
“And of course if we cannot prevent fires, we respond.
“We try to keep the community safe, which is why I joined the fire service 23 years ago.
“The stations already have good links with partner agencies and I want to continue and improve on that to make the area as safe as possible.”
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