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About Us

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides prevention, protection and response services across the County of Berkshire. Twelve wholetime and five on-call fire stations cover 488 square miles, from Langley in the East to Lambourn in the West. It serves a diverse cultural population of approximately 910,000, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The role of RBFRS within local communities is evolving. A wide range of services help keep communities safe, including safety and protection advice to residents and businesses, as well as enforcing fire safety legislation and reducing fire risk in the built environment. This is in addition to highly skilled crews providing a swift and effective response to incidents ranging from road, rail, aviation and waterway accidents, to fuel and chemical spills, collapsed buildings, large animal rescues and, of course, fires.

RBFRS is under the direction of a combined Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, which is made up of representatives from the county’s six unitary authorities. RBFRS also works alongside Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Public Health, and other public service providers in Berkshire. In doing so, it is helping to contribute to the overall safety of the communities it serves, whilst still providing a value-for-money service to the local taxpayer.

Berkshire and Reading Fire Brigade was formed in 1948 and was later renamed in 1974 to Royal Berkshire Fire Brigade. The organisation was established following centuries of evolution in firefighting strategy across the UK and renamed Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1985. The fire service was then removed from local authority control in 1998 and was placed under the direction of an independent Royal Berkshire Fire Authority – which is made up of representatives from the county’s six unitary authorities.

  • Fire Authority The Fire Authority is a public body which manages our service through a democratic process.
  • Fire Stations We have 16 fire stations across the county of Berkshire, ranging from Langley and Slough in the east to Lambourn and Hungerford...
  • Our Commitments Royal Berkshire Fire Authority set six commitments as part of their 2019-23 Corporate Plan and Integrated Risk Management Plan.
  • Our People Strategy The 2018-2021 People Strategy aims to support our people to become the best public servants, for the people we serve.
  • Our Performance Every year, we set targets for our performance to ensure we are delivering what we have promised in our strategic commitments.
  • Managing Risk We take measures to manage the risk across the County to ensure we deliver the right resources at the right time to the people...
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion RBFRS is committed to supporting and making a positive difference to the communities we serve.
  • Supporting the Armed Forces Royal Berkshire Fire Authority and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are committed to supporting veterans and Armed Forces...
  • Vehicles All vehicles are ready to deliver an immediate and effective response to residents of Berkshire and beyond.
  • Water Rescue Our specialist Water Rescue Unit responds to emergencies on the County's waterways and lakes.
  • Animal Rescue Our Firefighters will rescue animals when they are trapped or where the people may be in danger.
  • Blood donation at fire stations Find out how you can donate blood at one of our fire stations.
  • Windsor Castle In 1992, Windsor Castle suffered severe damage in a fire, which destroyed some of the most historic parts of the building.
  • Swinley Forest The Swinley Forest fire was the largest incident, in terms of resources and length of operations, ever dealt with by us.