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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) aims to contribute to securing a safe society by reducing the incidence of death, injury and damage to property from fire and other emergencies.

About Us: What We Do

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.

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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 600 highly-trained firefighters, including 150 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.

About Us: How We Do It

When a 999 call is received at the Fire and Rescue Service control room, the response is instantaneous. 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.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service fire engine 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 [ xls spreadsheet]

Find out all about being a firefighter

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 as possible.

Find out about Community Fire Safety

Find out about Fire Safety for business

Find out about our Training Courses for business

A Safer Berkshire

The Fire and Rescue Service’s aim is to contribute to securing a safe society by reducing the incidence of death, injury and damage to property from fire and other emergencies. It is proud of its reputation as “can do” service and continues to work towards improving the service it provides for all those who live, work and play in the Royal County of Berkshire.
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Preventing • Protecting • Responding

The Fire and Rescue Service’s aim is to contribute to securing a safe society by reducing the incidence of death, injury and damage to property from fire and other emergencies. It is proud of its reputation as “can do” service and continues to work towards improving the service it provides for all those who live, work and play in the Royal County of Berkshire.
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