Important information for our suppliers
We are pleased to announce that from 01 April, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and
Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Service will be using the electronic (e-Tendering)
system In-Tend to procure goods, works and services.
The new system is being launched across both Fire and Rescue Services as part of a procurement
shared service initiative to work together to provide better and more cost effective services.
The joint e-Tendering portal is one of the elements of this initiative.
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
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.
Don't be Floody Stupid! 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.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently in dispute with the Government over
changes to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and conditions of service.
The FBU most recently took strike action on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Friday 3 January. It is not yet
known whether any further strike action will occur.
Although Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has contingency plans in
place, during a period of industrial action we will have significantly fewer
resources. We will therefore be prioritising life critical incidents,
such as house fires and road traffic collisions where people are trapped.
During any period of industrial action, RBFRS will still be responding to 999
calls but we are asking people to reduce demand by calling us only in a genuine
emergency. We also need you to take extra care to reduce the risk of fire.
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.
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.