Fire safety chiefs will discuss a new policy which changes how firefighters respond to road traffic accidents in Bradford.

West Yorkshire Fire Authority will reveal a new plan for mobilising crews after a report said a previous “one size fits all” approach meant too many firefighters were called to help at some road traffic incidents.

Firefighters are deployed to collisions that involve a rescue if a vehicle is on fire or there is a threat of fire.

The report says three pumps were sent to collisions regardless of the number of vehicles involved and the number of people trapped, so when an accident only involves one casualty “too many resources” were dispatched.

The new plan, which was due to be discussed at a meeting today, will put in place steps to determine the exact nature of an incident, including how many people are trapped and the type of vehicles involved before crews are sent out.