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

Whitley Wood

About
Whitley Wood Fire Station was opened in 1992, close to one of the largest housing estates in Reading. 
 
The specialist station trains firefighters to hold a diverse range of skills, including working at height and water rescue, as well as responding to hazardous materials, terrorist and radioactive incidents. 
 
To support these roles, the station is home to a number of specialist vehicles including an Aerial Ladder Platform, off-road forklifts and vehicles designed to convey equipment to complex and protracted incidents. 
 
A Mercedes Atego fire engine operates at the station and is housed next to a Dennis Sabre fire engine, used by the Service‚Äôs Young Firefighters programme. 
 
Crews at Whitley Wood pride the station as being a community asset as it serves as a centre for fire safety education, activity meetings, youth group visits and is a one-stop information resource for those wanting assistance with staying safer in their homes.
Crew Type
Wholetime
Opened
1992
Appliances
1x Mercedes Atego fire engine, Aerial Ladder Platform, Operational Support Unit, 3x forklift, 1x Den
Address
270 Whitley Wood Road, Whitley, Reading, Berkshire, RG2 8FS
Accessibility
Whitley Wood Fire Station has step free access to the entire ground floor but no wheelchair access to other floors. There is a fully accessible toilet on site.
270 Whitley Wood Road
Whitley
Berkshire
Reading
Reading
RG2 8FS
United Kingdom