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

Caversham Road

About
Caversham Road is one of the oldest and largest fire stations in Berkshire. The site is located close to Reading Station on the northern side of the Caversham Road railway bridge. 
 
Its historic title as a County Borough of Reading Fire Station is still displayed on its front. 
 
The site’s main building consists of three large bays which held two fire engines and a turntable ladder in the 1960s and 1970s. A gym is now located above, connected to the yard by the longest firefighters’ pole in the county. 
 
Today, one fire engine is active at the station as well as the Service’s Water and Animal Rescue Unit. The station’s Fire Alpha II Rescue Boat responds to fire and rescue emergencies on the River Thames. The 7.5 metre Workstar jet boat is believed to be the largest inshore capacity boat in the country.
Crew Type
Wholetime
Opened
1939
Appliances
1x Fire Engine, Water and Animal Rescue Unit
Address
Caversham Road, Reading, RG18AA
Accessibility
Caversham Road Fire Station doesn’t have step free access to the whole site. There is very limited access through the bays. There is no fully accessible toilet on site. 
Caversham Road
Reading
RG1 8AA
United Kingdom