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Family fun at Pangbourne Fire station open day
open day Pangbourne firefighters are hosting a fun-filled open day for all the family on Saturday 22 August.

Come along to the fire station in Horseshoe Road and you will be able to meet your local firefighters and have a look behind the scenes at the fire station.

You’ll also be able to explore the fire engine and two of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) specialist vehicles – a water carrier and aerial ladder platform. There will be a whole range of activities taking place as well, including a recreation of a dramatic hot oil pan fire.

Staff from RBFRS’ Prevention department will be on hand to provide information about how you can reduce the risk of having a fire in the home. If you’re looking for a new challenge, you can chat to the crew at Pangbourne to find out what it takes to become a retained (part-time) firefighter.

The Fire Fighters Charity will also be there, selling a variety of merchandise to raise funds for the charity, including fire helmets for young visitors. The open day runs from 12pm to 3pm – see you there!
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
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.
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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