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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.

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•  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]

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.

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

Industrial Action
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.

Industrial action ballot result: FAQs
download: Safety Advice presentation
download: Safety Advice Information Cards
download: Take Extra Care - letter to partners
download: Take Extra Care - letter to schools
download: Take Extra Care - press release
Take Extra Care
We are urging everyone to take extra care to avoid the risk of fire.
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Safety Advice: electrical safety

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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.
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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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