For information about flooding in your area:
Contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit their website:
Please note that Fire and Rescue Services DO NOT hold stocks of sandbags. Please contact your
local authority for advice.
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.
Don't be Floody Stupid! 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.
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) is currently in dispute with the Government over
changes to the Firefighters' Pension Scheme and conditions of service.
The FBU most recently took strike action on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve, and Friday 3 January. It is not yet
known whether any further strike action will occur.
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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World Challenge Won For A Third Year
Our RBFRS competition rescue team has once again proved that they
are the best in the world after winning the 2013 World Rescue Challenge in Florida. 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,
New Chief Fire Officer
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
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.