Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service delivers a wide range of programmes for children and young people. These programmes teach a variety of skills such as fire safety awareness, communication skills and team working. Some programmes give them the chance to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter.

Examples of our current programmes include: Young Firefighters, school visits and SAFE.

These sessions are for 12-16 year olds and take place every week during school term times, on a yearly basis. There are currently units at four of our fire stations.

Whitley Wood (Reading) and Crowthorne Units meet on a Wednesday evening, while Maidenhead and Hungerford meet on a Thursday evening.

programmes for children and young people

Here are some quotes from some of our former Young Firefighters:

“I enjoy Young Firefighters because it is a change and not the normal club I would do. It gives you more responsibility and a chance to do activities you would not usually get to do.”

Rhys Webb (15)

“Young Firefighters helped me to make friends and learn life saving skills.”

Abi Shaw (13)

“I enjoy Young Firefighters because it teaches many useful skills and it helps if you are in a bad situation.”

Joe Taylor (11)

programmes for children and young peopleFirefighters and members of the Prevention department’s Risk Reduction Team regularly go into schools as part of planned visits to talk to pupils about fire safety, providing age-appropriate, exciting activities and information.

Visits include Key Stage one, supporting topics such as ‘People who help and Key Stage two activity is usually delivered to Year 5. Further work may be undertaken in secondary schools as part of the tutorial or Personal, Social and Health Education provision (PSHE), providing classroom and activity sessions.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service can deliver one to one sessions to young people to explore firesetting behaviour.

Safe leafletThe Safe programme will usually commence with a Home Fire Safety Check for the family home (or homes if more than one). This helps to ensure that everyone is aware of how best to keep safe and that they know what to do in the event of a fire. Following this visit, an assessment is made and an action plan formulated for the young person (at this point a referral may be declined although alternative therapies would be suggested).

The programme will be a combination of educational input and/or a series of visits to ensure that consequential thinking is established. The programme is delivered by members of the Risk Reduction team, who are skilled practitioners and are used to conducting such visits with youngsters of all ages and abilities. The programme can be delivered in a variety of ways, in a number of locations (e.g. home, school, Youth Offending Service/Team offices) and tailored to the individual’s needs.

The aim of the programme is to make the young people aware of the impact of their behaviour through discussion and give them the opportunity to explore different ways of dealing with a situation.

Parental consent is required for this work.


General enquiries
For more information about our work with children and young people, you can contact us on: 0118 938 4430 or email

Young Firefighters Lead Instructors 

email: Whitley Wood
email: Crowthorne
email: Maidenhead
email: Hungerford

Safe Referrals

To make a referral, please complete this form and email it to:

Download: SAFE: curious about fire leaflet