RBFRS Supports Fire Door Safety Week
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is supporting national Fire Door Safety Week (15-21 September) by raising awareness of the
critical role fire doors play in passive fire protection in every commercial, public and multiple occupancy building.
Correctly installed and maintained fire doors are often the first line of defence against fire, heat and particularly smoke travel, providing
protection in key areas such as stairs and corridors and separating different fire hazards within a building. Not only can they reduce the
devastating damage a fire can cause but they can also mean the difference between life and death for the building’s occupants.
Soap-er effort: charity car wash month
Drivers are invited to treat their cars a well-earned clean at car washes planned across the county this September.
Crews from Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will be washing motors at eight fire stations throughout the month in support of The Fire Fighters Charity.
Fire stations across the country are taking part in the National Car Wash, which has become the charity’s largest fundraising event of the year.
are planned to take place from 10am to 4pm
- Saturday 20 September – at Crowthorne fire station
- Saturday 27 September
at Caversham Road, Maidenhead and Slough fire stations
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.
At their annual meeting on 25 June, RBFA Members agreed to refresh the existing commitments and policy to reflect the changing expectations
and pressures affecting public sector organisations, including fire and rescue services.
Chairman of the Fire Authority at the meeting, said:
“The commitments aren’t intended to
cover everything that we do, or all the things that are important to us, such as working in an environmentally sustainable way or promoting equality
We have developed them to make clear to the communities that we serve, to people outside of Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue
Service (RBFRS) exactly what our key priorities are.
By linking political leadership and policy direction we can ensure that these priorities are
This also gives clarity to the officers of the service in setting and managing their service delivery objectives."
For more information:
Have-A-Go days for Retained (part-time) Firefighter
We are holding "Have A Go" sessions for individuals who are interested in a career as a Retained (part-time) Firefighter and would
like to find out more about what the job actually entails.
Find out more about retained firefighter Have-A-Go days
Public consultation : Bracknell Fire Station
Do you live or work in Bracknell?
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is considering proposals to disband the on call (otherwise known as retained duty system) crew at Bracknell fire station
and the removal of one of the two fire appliances currently based there.
A wholetime (24 hours a day, 365 days a year) fire engine would continue to be based there.
(See the press release
Bracknell residents and stakeholders are invited to take part in a public consultation over the proposals. This began on 30 June and will run for 12 weeks.
Detailed consultation information is available on the RBFRS website at www.rbfrs.co.uk
or hard copies may be requested by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
View the consultation information and documents by visiting: Five Year Plan (IRMP)
Water safety warning: "it's simply not worth the risk"
With the heatwave predicted to continue, we are warning people not to be tempted to cool off in open water such as rivers, lakes, canals and
According to the Royal Life Saving Society UK, around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Although water levels may
appear deep enough, they can be deceptively low - and jumping or diving into them can cause serious injuries, paralysis or even death.
For more information, read our water safety press release
Don't let this happen
Tragically, Beckie Ramsay's son Dylan died while swimming in open water. This is her video story
Looking for a new hobby? Aged 12-16? Join Young Firefighters!
If you are aged 12 -16 and want something fun and exciting to do on a weekday evening, Royal Berkshire
Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) Young Firefighters scheme could be just what you are looking for.
Young Firefighters is a youth initiative run by firefighters, with educational support from RBFRS’ Prevention department. Working as a team,
Young Firefighters take part in practical and theoretical fire service activities, including hose drills, breathing apparatus procedures and fire
safety awareness sessions. The scheme also teaches young people essential life skills such as self-discipline, confidence and leadership.
There are Young Firefighters units at Crowthorne, Hungerford, Maidenhead and Whitley Wood (Reading) fire stations. The Crowthorne and
Whitley Wood units meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9pm during term time, and the Hungerford and Maidenhead units meet every Thursday
from 7-9pm during term time.
RBFRS currently has spaces at all of the Young Firefighters units and is looking for young people to join from this September. To register
your interest or for more information, please email your nearest unit directly:
Whitley Wood: email@example.com
Retained (part-time) Firefighter Recruitment
We are currently recruiting Retained (part-time) Firefighters please
click here to find out more
New Headquarters Update
The new headquarters site at Theale Cross is now entering its final of completion.
Select the following link to view the JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoprability Programme)
video. This short version runs for approximately 6 minutes.
Click to view video:
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.
Download: Carbon Monoxide Awareness leaflet
Safety Advice: electrical safety
See the latest electrical product recall
Visit the Electrical Safety First website for - home safety advice, news and guides
Are you Blue Light Aware ?
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
In case of fire: Get Out. Stay Out. Call 999.
“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.