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Retained firefighter recruitment weekend
Retained recruitment Have you ever thought about becoming a retained (part-time) firefighter? Why not come along to Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) recruitment event and see if you’ve got what it takes!

Unlike their wholetime colleagues, retained firefighters are not based on a fire station but instead often have other employment and respond to call-outs via a pager. RBFRS is currently recruiting for retained firefighters at the following fire stations:
  • Hungerford
  • Lambourn
  • Pangbourne
  • Wargrave
  • Mortimer
  • Crowthorne
  • Maidenhead

The recruitment event is being held from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 August at Mortimer fire station (West End Road). Although the event is being held in Mortimer, it is open to anyone who is interested in becoming a retained firefighter at any of the above fire stations.

Further information: press release
Official opening of TVFCS
official opening of TVFCS The Thames Valley Fire Control Service (TVFCS) was officially opened on Friday 17 July by the Rt Hon Mark Francois MP, Minister of State for Communities and Resilience.

The TVFCS, the shared emergency Control centre for Royal Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire and Rescue Services, answers 999 calls and mobilises resources on behalf of the three services to incidents across the Thames Valley. The new facility became fully operational on 23 April this year.

Further information: press release
Landlords urged to take action
landlords urged to take action Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is urging private rented sector landlords to act now to ensure they are ready for new safety laws due to come into force this autumn.

The regulations will make it compulsory for landlords to fit a smoke alarm on every floor of their property as well as a carbon monoxide alarm in every room containing a solid fuel burning appliance (coal fire, wood burning stove etc). The laws are expected to come into effect from 1 October 2015, subject to Parliamentary approval.

To help landlords prepare for the new regulations, RBFRS has a limited number of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which will be made available to relevant landlords from three fire stations across the county.

Who is not affected?
The regulations specifically exclude registered social landlords from these obligations. Certain types of properties and arrangements are also excluded e.g. Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs), lodgers, long-leases, student halls of residence, hostels and refuges, care homes, hospitals and hospices. Other legislation applies to many of the properties and arrangements that have been excluded.

Further information: press release
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Further information: video: Alarms4Life
RBFRS receives hat-trick of award nominations
Spirit of fire Awards logo Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has been shortlisted for a hat-trick of honours at this year’s prestigious Spirit of Fire Awards.

The Spirit of Fire Awards is held annually to honour fire and rescue service staff and members of the public from across the country by recognising bravery within the fire community and dedication to The Fire Fighters Charity. Firefighter Andy Grist from Slough fire station’s White Watch and Watch Manager Sarah Lewis from Thames Valley Fire Control Service’s Green Watch have both been nominated for the ‘best newcomer of the year’ award. RBFRS is also shortlisted in the ‘fire service of the year’ category for transforming from the 34th fire and rescue service, in terms of income per head raised, to a fantastic 6th. The Service is up against Bedfordshire, Cheshire and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Services for the top spot.

Further information: press release
Plan your Great Escape
Plan a safe escape For this month’s Prevention campaign, RBFRS is urging people to make an emergency escape plan. Smoke alarms can provide a vital early warning that there is a fire in the home but, once you have been alerted, it is essential to get out of the house as swiftly and safely as possible. In an emergency every second counts and blocked exits, locked doors or unfamiliar surroundings can all make it more difficult for you to leave the house quickly.

Making an emergency escape plan in advance gives you and your family the best possible chance of getting out of the house safely in the event of a fire.

Further information: press release

Video: know your escape plan - backwards!
Wholetime firefighter recruitment
The Wholetime Firefighter application process has closed.

For other vacancy information: click here.
Your old vehicle could help save lives!
RTC training Do you have a vehicle you no longer need? Why not donate it to us and help us save lives!

Our crews use old cars and vans to hone the skills they need to rescue people from real-life road traffic collisions (RTCs) on Berkshire’s roads. This is a key part of our work, as firefighters now save more lives by rescuing people from the wreckage of RTCs than they do from fires. It doesn’t matter how old your vehicle is and it doesn’t even need to be roadworthy – if you are looking to get rid of it, we will gladly take it off your hands! If you would like to donate your old vehicle to help firefighters train to save even more lives on Berkshire’s roads, please call the co-ordinating team on 0118 938 4491 or email:
We are recruiting Retained Firefighters
We are currently recruiting Retained Firefighters, click here to find out more...
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 at 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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