The Highways Agency, which manages England’s motorways and major A roads, has provided the following
advice for winter driving: find out more... winter driving tips
RBFRS Team Wins World Challenge For A Third Year
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) competition rescue team has once again proved that they
are the best in the world after winning the 2013 World Rescue Challenge in Clearwater, Florida. They competed
against the top fire and rescue service teams from around the world. Not only did the team successfully
defend their title but have now won the World Rescue Challenge three years in a row - a feat that no other
team has achieved to date. For more information,
Fire Brigades Union (FBU) Industrial Action - UPDATE
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently in dispute with the Government over
changes to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and conditions of service, and has
announced that strike action will take place on Wednesday 13 November from 10:00 to 14:00.
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.
Take Extra Care
We are urging everyone to take extra care to avoid the risk of fire.
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New Chief Fire Officer Joins RBFRS
RBFRS’ new Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Andy Fry, has committed to build upon the Brigade’s strong
track record and says he is looking forward to fresh challenges. CFO Fry, who is married with four daughters and
a keen cyclist, took up his duties on 7 October. He was previously CFO and Director of Public Protection at
Suffolk County Council. His role in Suffolk incorporated Trading Standards, community safety, emergency
planning, health and safety, and equality and inclusion, as well as fire and rescue. He said: "I am
absolutely delighted, and immensely proud, to have been appointed as Royal Berkshire’s Chief Fire Officer.
The service has a well-earned, excellent reputation and I am very much looking forward to working with my
officer and councillor colleagues to deliver an outstanding fire and rescue service for people across Royal
Chairman of Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, Cllr Colin Dudley, described CFO Fry as an "exceptional candidate" for
the role, adding: "We are very lucky that he will be joining us. We believe that he will be a dynamic and inspiring
leader for RBFRS and is the right person to take us forward. We look forward to working with him."
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.
RBFRS is aware of concerns raised by Humberside Fire and Rescue Service in relation to smoke detectors that
they have fitted. We are awaiting the results of their investigation before considering whether any action is
required regarding the use of this type of detector.
Public information: Fire Angel smoke detectors.
“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.