Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) has a growing volunteering programme in operation across Berkshire. This programme helps our community safety messaging to reach more people than ever.
Volunteers provide an invaluable service, whether they are working with young people or helping to deliver information and services to where they’re needed most. Click on the sections below to see how you can get involved.
For more information on the programme’s training, support and expenses is available in the Volunteer Information Pack. For any other queries please refer to the get in touch section to enquire further.

Young Firefighter VolunteerVolunteers help instructors deliver the Young Firefighters programme in stations across the county.

The youth initiative encourages entrants to take part in practical and theoretical fire service activities, including hose drills, breathing apparatus procedures and fire safety awareness sessions.The role would suit someone who would like to help young people develop key skills as part of structured activity. Two-hour evening sessions are held weekly during term time.

[Download Role profile: Young Firefighters Volunteer]

Volunteer Promoter

Volunteers help the fire service promote its community safety messaging by attending events on its behalf, manning stands and handing out information to the public.

The role would suit someone who likes getting out and about and enjoys a public facing role.

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Location Promoter

Vulnerable people can be reached by the organisation’s services by being approached in key locations such as hospitals and doctors surgeries.

The fire service visits hundreds of elderly and vulnerable people each year with its Home Fire Safety Check service thanks to volunteers who promote it at planned locations throughout the county.

The role would suit someone with a confident outgoing personality who is happy to approach people and start a conversation.

[Download Role profile: Location Promoter]

Volunteer Driver

Community safety messaging is able to reach varied events and locations throughout the year with the fire service’s Outreach Vehicle.

The vehicle is regularly set up in supermarket car parks, fire station open days and several community events.

The role requires someone with a category C1 driving licence (for medium-sized vehicles) who has the public-facing skills required to deal with all the questions and queries people may have.

[Download Role profile: Volunteer Driver (Outreach Vehicle)]

Young Firefighter Volunteer

Volunteers help the fire service promote its community safety messaging by attending events on its behalf, manning stands and handing out information to the public.

The role would suit someone who likes getting out and about and enjoys a public facing role.

[Download the role profile]

Postering Volunteer

Fire service announcements and messaging often reaches neighbourhoods through the dependability of the organisation’s postering volunteers.

Volunteers are assigned to a number of key locations or noticeboards in their area and are sent up to date posters or leaflets.

The role would suit someone who knows their community well and might like to add the service to their regular dog walks or cycle rides.

[Download Role profile: Postering]

EVA Volunteer

Volunteers assist in the prevention of opportunistic arson by joining proactive foot patrols organised in the community to identify incidents of fly tipping or poor storage that could lead to arson or other dangers.

The role would suit somebody who enjoys serving outdoors and is proud of their community. (For Reading location only).

[Download Role profile: EVA Volunteer]

Volunteer station Support

Fire crews’ community work is supplemented by volunteers who produce and deliver letters to areas which are going to be visited by safety services.

The volunteers then help firefighters as they knock on doors to deliver life-saving advice and install smoke alarms.

The role would suit someone with organised and outgoing character who would enjoy dealing directly with their local fire crew.

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Volunteer Community Advocate

Specialist knowledge and language skills can help the fire service’s fire safety messages reach Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities.

Volunteers can provide a vital link to people in unreached neighbourhoods and encourage families to make safety conscious decisions.

The role would suit someone with an in-depth knowledge of BME groups and a passion to see them receive lifesaving Prevention advice.

[Download Role profile: Community Advocate]

Older Person's Volunteer

The fire service’s Home Fire Safety Check project is promoted by volunteers at older people’s lunch clubs.

A certain amount of public speaking experience would allow someone to excel in the position, as well as an ability to administrate and keep a bookings diary.

The role would suit someone who is highly organised, self motivated and happy to work alone with regular support.

[Download Role profile: Older Person’s Volunteer]

GET IN TOUCH
For more information about any of these volunteer vacancies, please email: volunteerapplications@rbfrs.co.uk
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