Volunteer Community Champions Programme

We are committed to promoting fire safety to the residents of Berkshire, volunteers are integral to the organisation and help us to ensure we are reaching people across the county.

Over the last year Volunteers have enabled us to increase the number of home fire safety checks, raise the profile of the organisation and ensure we promote the service to people most at risk from fires.

We value the contribution volunteers make to the Fire and Rescue Service, as a volunteer you will be part of a team committed to ensuring people are able to lead safe and fulfilling lives. 

Home Fire Safety Check Referral Volunteer

We carry out free Home Fire Safety Checks to reduce the risk of fires in Berkshire. Home Fire Safety Checks significantly reduce the risk of home fires so it is important that we continue to promote the service and raise awareness of fire safety within the home, especially to higher risk households.

We are currently recruiting volunteers with excellent communication skills to generate Home Fire Safety Check referrals from people over 65 years of age and or people who have support needs.

As a RBFRS Home Fire Safety Check Volunteer Community Champion you will:

  • Engage with residents within your local community to promote the Safe and Well Service
  • Support Fire Crew and Technicians to book Safe and Well Visits
  • Liaise with the Volunteer Co-ordinator to order promotional materials
  • Attend training relevant to your role
  • Attend Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service community events when available
  • Good communication skills
  • Professional approach to all tasks
  • Sensitive to the needs of local residents

Key Role Requirements:

You will receive a uniform, RBFRS ID and training relevant to your role. RBFRS will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses. 

Young Firefighters programme 

Volunteers 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 a structured activity. Two-hour evening sessions are held weekly during term-time.

Would you like to volunteer for a service that is committed to improving community safety?

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service have exciting opportunities for Volunteer Community Champions who will support the fire service by:

  • Promoting Home Fire Safety Checks for residents over the age of 65
  • Contacting Nepalese speaking residents to arrange Home Fire Safety Checks
  • Assisting Fire Fighters and Technicians on pre-arranged home visits
  • Promoting Fire Safety messages

Full induction training will be provided and all volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer alongside their local fire crew, meet other volunteers, develop new skills and share important messages within the community.  


Volunteer Photographer

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) have an exciting opportunity for volunteer photographers.

We are currently seeking enthusiastic volunteers with photographic experience to travel to events to capture images that can be used for our website, in-house publications and intranet, as well as social media accounts and shared with media organisations where appropriate. 

As a busy fire service we have lots of events taking place across the county and we are looking for volunteers to support us by creating interesting images that reflect the scope of the organisation.

Volunteers will need to have access to their own photography equipment, to be able to produce high resolution digital images and be able to show evidence of their photographic skills. You will also need a full driving licence and access to a car,

As an RBFRS Volunteer Photographer you will be required to attend events including:

  • Firefighter training days
  • Fire station open days
  • Celebration events and Ceremonies
  • Community events
  • Station visits

You will receive a uniform, RBFRS ID and training relevant to your role. RBFRS will reimburse reasonable out of pocket expenses. 

RBFRS volunteers are required to take a DBS check.

Please note that any photography undertaken as part of this role will require copyright to remain with RBFRS.

Please note, if invited to an interview, you will be required to present a portfolio with examples of your photography. 

  • How to apply

For further details or to apply for these roles please complete this application form and send it to:

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Email[email protected]

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to equality of opportunity, and is actively seeking a more diverse workforce.  If you are disabled and meet the essential criteria of the role, you will be guaranteed an interview.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.