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Fire and Rescue Peer Challenge
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) took part in an external Fire and Rescue Peer Challenge in February 2014. The process is rigorous and designed to drive continuous improvement within the Fire and Rescue Service. It is based on scrutiny of a service’s own internal assessment and is a voluntary process that forms part of the Local Government Association’s (LGA) and Chief Fire Officers’ Association’s (CFOA) work on self-regulation and improvement. If you would like more information on the process, please contact Nicole Targett on 0118 938 4803 or via email at

To read the Peer Challenge team’s report, click here. The report provides detailed information on the following key focus areas that were prioritised by RBFRS:
  • Leadership and Corporate Capacity
  • Risk Management
  • Operational Risk Information
  • Training and Development
RBFRS Supports Fire Door Safety Week
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is supporting national Fire Door Safety Week (15-21 September) by raising awareness of the critical role fire doors play in passive fire protection in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.

Correctly installed and maintained fire doors are often the first line of defence against fire, heat and particularly smoke travel, providing protection in key areas such as stairs and corridors and separating different fire hazards within a building. Not only can they reduce the devastating damage a fire can cause but they can also mean the difference between life and death for the building’s occupants.
Soap-er effort: charity car wash month
Charity car wash Drivers are invited to treat their cars a well-earned clean at car washes planned across the county this September.

Crews from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be washing motors at eight fire stations throughout the month in support of The Fire Fighters Charity.

Fire stations across the country are taking part in the National Car Wash, which has become the charity’s largest fundraising event of the year.

Car washes are planned to take place from 10am to 4pm on:
  • Saturday 20 September – at Crowthorne fire station

  • Saturday 27 September
    at Caversham Road, Maidenhead and Slough fire stations

Click here to find out more.
Fire Authority sets future direction
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) is focusing on the future with a new policy direction and strategic commitments.

At their annual meeting on 25 June, RBFA Members agreed to refresh the existing commitments and policy to reflect the changing expectations and pressures affecting public sector organisations, including fire and rescue services.

Chairman of the Fire Authority at the meeting, said:

“The commitments aren’t intended to cover everything that we do, or all the things that are important to us, such as working in an environmentally sustainable way or promoting equality of opportunity.

We have developed them to make clear to the communities that we serve, to people outside of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) exactly what our key priorities are.

By linking political leadership and policy direction we can ensure that these priorities are addressed.

This also gives clarity to the officers of the service in setting and managing their service delivery objectives."

For more information:
Have-A-Go days for Retained (part-time) Firefighter
We are holding "Have A Go" sessions for individuals who are interested in a career as a Retained (part-time) Firefighter and would like to find out more about what the job actually entails.

Find out more about retained firefighter Have-A-Go days
Public consultation : Bracknell Fire Station
Do you live or work in Bracknell?

The Proposal
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is considering proposals to disband the on call (otherwise known as retained duty system) crew at Bracknell fire station and the removal of one of the two fire appliances currently based there.

A wholetime (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) fire engine would continue to be based there. (See the press release).

Bracknell residents and stakeholders are invited to take part in a public consultation over the proposals. This began on 30 June and will run for 12 weeks.

Detailed consultation information is available on the RBFRS website at or hard copies may be requested by email at

View the consultation information and documents by visiting: Five Year Plan (IRMP)
Water safety warning: "it's simply not worth the risk"
With the heatwave predicted to continue, we are warning people not to be tempted to cool off in open water such as rivers, lakes, canals and quarries.

According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK, around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Although water levels may appear deep enough, they can be deceptively low - and jumping or diving into them can cause serious injuries, paralysis or even death.

For more information, read our water safety press release

Don't let this happen
Tragically, Beckie Ramsay's son Dylan died while swimming in open water. This is her video story.
Looking for a new hobby? Aged 12-16? Join Young Firefighters!
If you are aged 12 -16 and want something fun and exciting to do on a weekday evening, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) Young Firefighters scheme could be just what you are looking for.

Young Firefighters Young Firefighters is a youth initiative run by firefighters, with educational support from RBFRS’ Prevention department. Working as a team, Young Firefighters take part in practical and theoretical fire service activities, including hose drills, breathing apparatus procedures and fire safety awareness sessions. The scheme also teaches young people essential life skills such as self-discipline, confidence and leadership.

There are Young Firefighters units at Crowthorne, Hungerford, Maidenhead and Whitley Wood (Reading) fire stations. The Crowthorne and Whitley Wood units meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9pm during term time, and the Hungerford and Maidenhead units meet every Thursday from 7-9pm during term time.

RBFRS currently has spaces at all of the Young Firefighters units and is looking for young people to join from this September. To register your interest or for more information, please email your nearest unit directly:




Whitley Wood:
Retained (part-time) Firefighter Recruitment
We are currently recruiting Retained (part-time) Firefighters please click here to find out more.
New Headquarters Update
New BHQ: front entrance The new headquarters site at Theale Cross is now entering its final of completion.
JESIP logo Select the following link to view the JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoprability Programme) video. This short version runs for approximately 6 minutes. Click to view video: mpg   | mov.

Environment Agency flood warning icons Environment Agency logo

•  Flooding Advice for the Public PHE/EA leaflet
•  After Floods Advice TVP leaflet
•  Flood Safety Advice RBFRS leaflet

Read our Flood Safety Advice

Find out more about Sand bags, driving advice and other flooding guidance

For information about flooding in your area:
Contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit their website:

Please note that Fire and Rescue Services DO NOT hold stocks of sandbags. Please contact your local authority for advice.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
carbon monoxide awareness If your home is flooded, you may be tempted to use other appliances to cook, heat, or to dry out or pump water from your property, most of which are not designed to be used inside the home.

Download: Carbon Monoxide Awareness leaflet [PDF]

Driving on flooded roads
Drivers are urged not to risk their lives by driving into floods. Firefighters have been called to rescue the occupants of vehicles that have become totally submerged, where people have been lucky to escape with their lives. Even if there is no Road Closed sign, use your common sense and take a different route where necessary. Allow plenty of time for your journey in case you have to take a detour and if you see a Road Closed sign, don't ignore it.

• Flooding: facts and figures
• Flood Safety Advice Inside Your Home
• Flood Safety Advice Outside Your Home
• Flood Safety Advice leaflet [PDF]

Safety Advice: electrical safety

See the latest electrical product recall information

Visit the Electrical Safety First website for - home safety advice, news and guides
Council Tax Information 2014-15
Find out more in our Council Tax Information Leaflet 2013-14.
Are you Blue Light Aware ?
Watch a short video to find out the best way to react and prevent placing yourself in danger or breaking the law when you see an emergency service vehicle on a ’blue light’ run. Watch the: Blue Light Aware video.
Safety Advice
In case of fire: Get Out. Stay Out. Call 999.
Useful Advice and Guidance
Find the latest up to date advice and guidance.

How to Call 999 for the Deaf / Speech Impaired
Find out how to call 999 for the deaf / speech impaired (SMS).

Test Your Smoke Alarm Every Week!

Fire Station Open Days

Open days are often held at a number of our fire stations, giving you opportunity to find out first-hand more about what our firefighters and support staff do. Watch out for details of the latest events.

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