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Automatic Fire Alarm Consultation now Closed

The Automatic Fire Alarm consultation which asked people to consider how the Service responds to these types of alarms has closed. The consultation ran from Monday, 4 March to Monday, 13 May 2024.

The consultation, which ran for 10 weeks, asked for people’s views on how their fire and rescue service responds to Automatic Fire Alarms in buildings such as shops, offices, leisure centres, colleges, sports grounds, libraries, schools and health centres.  

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service will continue to send fire engines to automatic fire alarm notifications at higher risk buildings, where anyone sleeps, such as hotels, hospitals, care homes, houses, and flats regardless of the outcome of the consultation. Most importantly, the Service will continue to maintain an emergency response to 999 calls, confirmed fires and to automatic fire alarm notifications from residential homes.  

The Fire Authority encouraged as many people as possible to have their say on the three proposed options detailed within the Automatic Fire Alarm Consultation Document, which was also made available in a variety of accessible formats and languages. 

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority will meet in June 2024 to conscientiously consider the results of consultation and make a decision on the options.