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.
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'Tick Tock Test' your smoke alarms - before it's too late
'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
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
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters has relocated to a new location. Please note the address details:
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Reception Opening Times:
Monday to Friday 09.00 -17.00
: 0118 945 2888
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 email@example.com
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.
For more information:
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 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:
Whitley Wood: firstname.lastname@example.org
Retained (part-time) Firefighter Recruitment
We are currently recruiting Retained (part-time) Firefighters please
click here to find out more
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:
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
Safety Advice: electrical safety
See the latest electrical product recall
Visit the Electrical Safety First website for - home safety advice, news and guides
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
In case of fire: Get Out. Stay Out. Call 999.
“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.