Our Commitments

We have set six outward facing commitments,  which describe how we think we can achieve our mission to enable the people of Berkshire to lead safe and fulfilling lives.

1. We will educate people on how to prevent fires and other emergencies, and what to do when they happen.

In order to fulfil this commitment, members of the Fire Authority will set challenging targets and carefully monitor progress on their delivery. We will also focus, alongside our officer colleagues, on the following priority areas for improvement:

  • Effective information sharing with other organisations, to ensure that our resources are targeted effectively at those most at risk.

  • Joining-up prevention activity with other organisations, so that every professional contact with vulnerable people addresses as many risk factors as possible.

  • Increasing capacity for volunteers to deliver prevention services.

2. We will ensure a swift and effective response when called to emergencies.

In order to fulfil this commitment, members of the Fire Authority will set evidence-based emergency response standards and monitor performance against them. We will also focus, alongside our officer colleagues, on the following priority areas for improvement:

  • Increasing the resilience of the retained duty system.

  • Employing flexible crewing arrangements.

  • Increasing the fitness and health of firefighters.

  • Sharing emergency response resources with other fire and rescue services.

  • Using new technology to make firefighting and other emergency response activity safer and/or more effective.

3. We will ensure appropriate fire safety standards in buildings.

In order to fulfil this commitment, members of the Fire Authority will set targets for inspections of fire safety standards in buildings and monitor progress on their delivery.

  • We will also focus, alongside our officer colleagues, on increasing the installation of sprinklers and other fire suppression systems in buildings.

  • Effective information sharing with other organisations, to ensure that the Service’s Risk Based Inspection programme is as well-targeted and effective as possible.

4.  We will seek opportunities to contribute to a broader safety, health and wellbeing agenda.

By fulfilling this commitment, we intend to achieve a broad range of positive outcomes, including those associated with:

  • Public safety.

  • Reductions in crime and disorder.

  • Aspiration, attainment and pathways to employability of young people.

  • Public health.

In order to fulfil this commitment, members of the Fire Authority will, alongside officer colleagues, focus on the following priorities:

  • Working with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service and colleagues from other public sector organisations to support improvements in arrangements for responding to medical emergencies in Royal Berkshire.

  • Working with councillors and officers from local authorities and the NHS in Royal Berkshire, to maximise the contribution that RBFRS is able to make in achieving important safety, health and wellbeing outcomes, associated with local government priorities and NHS priorities.

  • Working with councillors and officers from local authorities, and colleagues from other public sector organisations in Royal Berkshire, to help secure ‘pathways to employment’ for 16-24 year olds.

  • Working with the Thames Valley Police and Police Crime Commissioner to maximise the contribution that RBFRS is able to make in delivering elements of the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan.

5. We will ensure that Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides good value for money.

In order to fulfil this commitment, we will set budgets that are aligned to organisational priorities. We will scrutinise the way in which these budgets are spent, with a particular emphasis on successful delivery of projects and achievement of performance targets. We will also focus, alongside our officer colleagues, on the following priority areas for improvement:

  • Developing shared service arrangements with partner organisations to deliver effective frontline services at lower cost.

  • Developing arrangements for sharing buildings with partner organisations, with a particular emphasis on sharing with other blue-light services.

  • Exploring opportunities to exploit advances in technology (such as the rollout of Super-Fast Broadband across Royal Berkshire) to support flexible working arrangements and improve service delivery.

  • Increasing the profitability of our trading company
    Seeking opportunities to charge for services and facilities where appropriate. 

  • Securing sponsorship.

 6. We will work with Central Government to ensure a fair deal for Royal Berkshire.

Members of the Fire Authority have made this commitment to reflect the importance of ensuring that the interests of residents and businesses in the county are taken into consideration by Central Government during the process of developing and setting fire policy – including that associated with funding arrangements. By fulfilling this commitment we will ensure that Government Ministers and civil servants properly consider circumstances in Royal Berkshire when developing and setting policy. In order to fulfil this commitment, we will proactively and reactively lobby Central Government – both directly and through the Local Government Association – to influence fire policy decisions that will affect people in Royal Berkshire. We will:

  • Engage effectively in the debate on future governance arrangements for fire and rescue services.

  • Engage with and influence the approach to delivering the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Project (ESMCP) – a project to provide a new communication system for the three emergency services and other public safety users.