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Industrial Action
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has announced further strike action. The strike will run for 96 hours: from 18.00 on 31 October until 18.00 on 4 November.

Industrial action short of a strike will commence at 18.00 on 4 November and will continue until further notice.

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.

Downloads:

• Industrial action FAQs

• Safety Advice

• Safety Advice Information Cards
Take Extra Care
We are urging everyone to take extra care to avoid the risk of fire.
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'Tick Tock Test' your smoke alarms - before it's too late
Tick Tock Test 'Test your smoke alarms when the clocks go back this weekend – before it’s too late', is the stark warning from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS).

The recommendation is being made in support of the Government’s national Fire Kills ‘Tick, Tock, Test’ hard-hitting advertising campaign, which focuses on the deadly effects of smoke. The print and radio adverts feature people who are engulfed by smoke as they sleep and unable to wake up as they do not have working smoke alarms to alert them. Click here for more information.
Donate your unwanted vehicle and help save lives
RTC practice Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is once again asking generous members of the public to consider donating their unwanted vehicles to the brigade for training purposes.

RBFRS 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 their work, as firefighters now save more lives by rescuing people from the wreckage of RTCs than they do from fires. The vehicles are used to give firefighters hands-on experience of working with as wide a range of different models and equipment as possible. Each one is used for multiple training sessions to get as much training time as possible out of it.

For more information, click here.
New Headquarters
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters has relocated to a new location. Please note the address details: New BHQ: front entrance

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Newsham Court
Pincents Kiln
Calcot
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 7SD

Reception Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 09.00 -17.00

Direct Dial: 0118 945 2888
Email: reception@rbfrs.co.uk

The following location maps are available:
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
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 targettn@rbfrs.co.uk.

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

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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:

Crowthorne: youngfirefighterscrowthorne@rbfrs.co.uk
Hungerford: youngfirefightershungerford@rbfrs.co.uk
Maidenhead: youngfirefightersmaidenhead@rbfrs.co.uk
Whitley Wood: youngfirefighterswhitleywood@rbfrs.co.uk
Retained (part-time) Firefighter Recruitment
We are currently recruiting Retained (part-time) Firefighters please click here to find out more.
JESIP Video
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.
Flooding

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Downloads:
•  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: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

SAND BAGS
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]

News
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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