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Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week
don't take the risk This week (13-19 April) is Drowning Prevention and Water Safety Week. This is an initiative led by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), which aims to raise awareness of water safety issues and reduce deaths. In 2013, there were 669 water-related fatalities – that’s two and a half times the number of people who died in dwelling fires in 2012/13.

RBFRS marked the beginning of week by staging a dramatic live exercise by Reading Bridge on Monday 13 April. Crews will also be holding a series of events throughout the rest of the week at various locations across Berkshire, as follows:
  • Tuesday 14 April, 10am-5pm, Alexandra Gardens, Windsor
  • Wednesday 15 April, 10am-5pm, High Street, Maidenhead
  • Thursday 16 April, 10am-5pm, Northbrook Street, Newbury
  • Friday 17 April, 10am-5pm, Broad Street, Reading
  • Saturday 18 April, 10am-5pm, Dinton Pastures, Wokingham
  • Sunday 19 April, 10am-5pm, Dinton Pastures, Wokingham

Visitors will be able to chat to the crews at these events about water safety issues, as well as exploring RBFRS’164-horsepower jet boat, which is believed to be the largest in-shore capacity boat in the country.

For safety information, click here: dangers of swimming | filling up - drowning prevention | it's not a game
Wake up to the deadly risk
put them out - right out Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging smokers to be extra careful when smoking – especially when tired – as part of April’s Prevention campaign.

Smoking is the single biggest killer in accidental fires in the home, with statistics showing that every six days someone dies from a fire caused by cigarettes or smoking materials. This is often because of behaviour such as smoking in bed or not taking care after drinking alcohol. In addition, when smokers fall asleep with a lit cigarette, their proximity to the resulting fire seriously lowers their chance of making an escape.

Further information: press release
We are recruiting Retained Firefighters
We are currently recruiting Retained Firefighters and are running some Have-A-Go events, click here to find out more...
Welcome to our new Director
Anne-Marie Scott Welcome to Anne-Marie, who joins RBFRS from the London Borough of Hounslow as Director of People and Organisational Development. Anne-Marie has extensive experience in a variety of senior roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors. She has a particular interest in organisational culture and change management and will head-up the organisational development programme.

“Every local authority is facing enormous pressures to do things differently and the fire and rescue service is no different. CFO Andy Fry has already made significant progress and the organisational development plan is a great starting point. So far, I have seen a lot of energy and commitment in RBFRS and I am very much looking forward to getting started.”
Register your appliance...
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is helping to raise awareness of a new web portal recently launched by the Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA).

New research published reveals just over a third of British purchasers currently register all of their appliances with the manufacturer, leaving many thousands of owners virtually untraceable if a safety repair is required.

‘Register my appliance’ ( provides up-to-date, accurate, contact information for owners who have acquired specific models of appliances within the last twelve years, so manufacturers can issue safety updates or repair notifications to the right homes.

Further information: Click here to find out more | download the leaflet.
Fire risk: Sun on reflective surfaces
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is warning people of the fire risk caused by the sun shining onto reflective surfaces in the home.

The warning comes after a fire was started in a Bracknell bedroom recently by sunlight reflecting off a bedside mirror. The incident took place less than three weeks after a serious house fire in Caversham which a fire investigation determined the most likely cause to be a makeup mirror reflecting light onto nearby curtains.

Further information: Click here to find out more.
Have you experienced a fire in the home?
If you have experienced a fire in the past 12 months then you can help improve the safety of other local people - and help Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) - by taking part in an important online survey at

RBFRS has linked up with eight other fire and rescue services and the University of Greenwich to find out how people behave when encountering a fire at home. The findings will give a valuable insight to help fire services plan and develop their services, and limit the impact of fires in the home.

Further information: Click here to find out more.

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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.
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]

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]

Fire Authority sets future direction
Royal Berkshire Fire Authority (RBFA) is focusing on the future with a new policy direction and strategic commitments.

For more information:
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.
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