Fire Stations

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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) provides cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from 18 fire stations across the county of Berkshire, ranging from Langley and Slough in the east to Lambourn and Hungerford in the west.

Fire stations are crewed by a mix of wholetime (full-time) and on-call (retained) firefighters dependent on the risk determined for each area. Fire stations are crewed by a rotating watch duty system of operational personnel, where these watches work the following:

  • Two days of 9am to 6pm 
  • Two nights of 6pm to 9am
  • Four days off-duty

Hungerford

About
Hungerford is a retained fire station which is fully staffed by local people. It has one operational fire engine together with another appliance used by the Young Firefighters programme for children aged 12 to 16 years old. Firefighters from Hungerford are often busy due to the station’s location near to the M4 and county borders with Hampshire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. 
 
Firefighters have been serving Hungerford since 1891, when the town welcomed the formation of a volunteer fire brigade. 
 
Their initial home was at The Tannery, before a new station was built in Charnham Street in 1893. In July 1938, the Government created the Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS) to bolster wartime firefighting efforts, with Hungerford represented in Barr’s Yard. The AFS was taken over by the National Fire Service (NFS) in 1941. 
 
Three years after the war, the NFS was split into county-based fire services and Hungerford’s service became part of the Berkshire Fire Service. 
 
The growing size of standard fire engines created a pressing need for a larger fire station in the years after the war, and the opportunity was taken to build a modern station on part of the Great Western Mill site within the town. The current home of Hungerford Fire Station in Church Street was built in 1968. 
 
In 2017 Hungerford Fire Station had a major refurbishment which saw it become Royal Berkshire's first community tri-service station, providing shared facilities for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Thames Valley Police and South Central Ambulance Service.
Crew Type
On-call
Opened
1968
Appliances
1x fire engine, 1x fire engine Young Firefighters programme
Address
Church Street, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0JG
Accessibility
Hungerford Community Fire Station has step free access to the station. There is a fully accessible toilet on site.
Church Street
Berkshire
Hungerford
West Berkshire
RG17 0JG
United Kingdom