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Public consultation
Bracknell Fire Station:
Do you live or work in Bracknell?

The Proposal
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).

Consultation
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 irmp@rbfrs.co.uk

View the consultation information and documents by visiting: Five Year Plan (IRMP)
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.

Cllr Colin Dudley (Bracknell) who was re-elected as 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 of opportunity.

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 addressed.

This also gives clarity to the officers of the service in setting and managing their service delivery objectives."


For more information:
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 quarries.

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.
We are recruiting for Fire Control Operators
We are currently recruiting for multiple positions as Fire Control Operators.

For further details and application forms select the links below.

Applications need to be returned by 1700 on Friday 01 August 2014.
We are recruiting for Emergency Fire Crews and LGV Drivers
We are looking for Temporary Emergency Fire Crews (EFC) and LGV Drivers to provide support to our fully-trained firefighters during periods of industrial action.

For further details and application forms select the links below.

Applications need to be returned by Midnight on Sunday 20 July 2014.
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 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:

Crowthorne: youngfirefighterscrowthorne@rbfrs.co.uk

Hungerford: youngfirefightershungerford@rbfrs.co.uk

Maidenhead: youngfirefightersmaidenhead@rbfrs.co.uk

Whitley Wood: youngfirefighterswhitleywood@rbfrs.co.uk
Retained (part-time) Firefighter Recruitment
We are currently recruiting Retained (part-time) Firefighters please click here to find out more.
Blazed & Wasted - don't drink drive
Blazed & Wasted campaign Road safety teams across Berkshire are working together to draw attention to the risk of drink driving during the 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament.

A series of ‘Blazed and Wasted’ events have been held in Wokingham, Slough, Newbury, Bracknell and Maidenhead to coincide with UK Road Safety Week 2014 (9-13 June).

Non-alcoholic drinks have been served at the events, a ‘World Cup Shots’ football competition and a new film about the risks of drink and drug driving. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has also demonstrated the process of rescuing someone from a crashed car at some of the events.

Click here for further information: Blazed and Wasted (further information).
New Headquarters Update
New BHQ: front entrance The new headquarters site at Theale Cross is now entering its final of completion.
JESIP Video
JESIP logo 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: mpg   | mov.
Flooding

Environment Agency flood warning icons Environment Agency logo

Downloads:
•  Flooding Advice for the Public PHE/EA leaflet
•  After Floods Advice TVP leaflet
•  Flood Safety Advice RBFRS leaflet

Read our Flood Safety Advice

Find out more about Sand bags, driving advice and other flooding guidance

For information about flooding in your area:
Contact the Environment Agency’s Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or visit their website: www.environment-agency.gov.uk

SAND BAGS
Please note that Fire and Rescue Services DO NOT hold stocks of sandbags. Please contact your local authority for advice.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness
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 [PDF]

Driving on flooded roads
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.

• Flooding: facts and figures
• Flood Safety Advice Inside Your Home
• Flood Safety Advice Outside Your Home
• Flood Safety Advice leaflet [PDF]

News
Safety Advice: electrical safety

See the latest electrical product recall information

Electrical Safety Council - Home safety advice, news and guides
Council Tax Information 2014-15
Find out more in our Council Tax Information Leaflet 2013-14.
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.
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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.


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