Road Safety Week 23-29 November
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is supporting Road Safety Week (23 November – 29 November) by hosting a range of events across the county.
Crews and members of RBFRS’ Prevention team will be raising awareness and offering potentially lifesaving advice on road safety to the public throughout the week.
In 2014, there were 1,775 reported road deaths in the UK, an increase of 4% compared with 2013.
The aim of this week is to educate people on how to protect themselves and their loved ones from risks on the roads.
Find out more: press release
Be a bright spark and avoid an electrical fire in the home
This November, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is highlighting the simple steps people can take to
reduce the risk of having an electrical fire in the home. The reminder is part of a month-long Prevention campaign,
which also ties in with Electrical Fire Safety Week (9-15 November).
Between April 2014 and March 2015, RBFRS attended 380 fires in the home, 109 (29%) of which were attributed to either a
fault in the appliance/electricity supply or careless use.
For advice on how to reduce your risk of having an electrical fire in the home:
Congratulations for winning 'best newcomer' at the Spirit of Fire Awards!
Huge congratulations to Watch Manager Sarah Lewis for winning 'best newcomer' at the Spirit of Fire Awards!
Sarah became RBFRS' coordinator for the charity in November 2013, with a goal of making us the leading fundraising fire and rescue service in
the country. Thanks to Sarah's enthusiasm and support, the amount of money we have raised for the charity has increased by 670% in just one year.
We also won an award for our National Car Wash fundraising, increasing from £282 in 2013/14 to an incredible £15,963 in 2014/15.
As well as helping her colleagues across the service with fundraising events, Sarah also bravely took part in a Spinnaker Tower abseil to raise
money for the charity. Well done, Sarah!
Bogus phone call warning
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning householders and businesses to be on their guard after receiving reports of bogus
phone calls in which people are falsely claiming to be working on behalf of the fire and rescue service.
RBFRS has been contacted on two separate occasions recently by people concerned about phone calls they have received where the
caller either claims to be selling advertising or fundraising for the fire and rescue service. In the most recent case, the caller became
extremely verbally abusive when asked questions about exactly which organisation it was he was claiming to raise money for.
Fortunately, in both of these cases the caller failed to obtain any money from the recipient of the call.
Further information: press release
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
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:
In case of fire: Get Out. Stay Out. Call 999.
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