Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) provides cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from 18 fire
stations across the county, stretching from Slough and Langley in the east to Lambourn and
Newbury in the west.
RBFRS is responsible for an area of 125,914 hectares, bordered by London, Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire,
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire,; and serves a resident population in excess of 860,000. Risks within the area
are variable, ranging from industrial to rural. Principal risks include Windsor Castle, Broadmoor Special Hospital,
and the Atomic Weapons Establishments at Aldermaston and Burghfield. The county of Berkshire also includes one of
Europe’s busiest motorways - the M4, and includes busy urban centres - such as Reading, Slough and Newbury,
suburban communities and large rural areas.
• See a map of our fire stations
Our 378 highly-trained firefighters, including 76 of whom work as retained staff, attend incidents ranging from road and rail accidents to fuel and chemical spills, aviation and
waterway accidents, collapsed buildings, large animal rescues and of course - fires.
Last year, we answered around 14,000 emergency calls and attended around 6300 emergencies, including
over 400 serious traffic collisions.
When a 999 call is received at the Fire and Rescue Service control room, the response
Appropriate resources are immediately deployed, with our fleet of emergency vehicles
carrying firefighters and a huge range of equipment straight to the scene of the incident.
We maintain a number of specialist vehicles such as the Chemical Incident Unit, Incident Control Unit, Aerial
Ladder Platform and Hydraulic Platform all designed to cope with any eventuality. Our firefighters train regularly
for a wide range of demanding scenarios, in addition to their daily duties.
• See a list of our vehicles
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The Fire and Rescue Service works hard to try and prevent such incidents happening in the first place and
devotes much effort to community fire safety initiatives, working with local authorities, the police and the
community to educate and inform the public on fire prevention measures. We work work with commerce and
industry to train managers and staff in how to reduce the risk of fire and how to ensure premises are as safe
• Find out about Community Fire Safety
• Find out about Fire Safety for business
• Find out about our Training Courses for business