Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service crest.svg
Operational area
CountryEngland
CountyBerkshire
Facilities and equipment
Stations16
Engines23
Trucks1
Platforms1
Wildland2
Rescue boats1
Website
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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is a statutory fire and rescue service covering the area of the ceremonial county of Berkshire in England.[1] The fire service was formerly administered by Berkshire County Council, but when that was abolished the service became the responsibility of the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, made up of representatives from the six unitary authorities of Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Reading Borough Council, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough Borough Council, West Berkshire Council, and Wokingham Borough Council.

RBFRS headquarters is located at Newsham Court, Pincents Kiln, in the Reading suburb of Calcot. It operates from 16 fire stations across Berkshire.[2]

Berkshire Fire and Rescue appliance
Berkshire Fire and Rescue appliance

Performance

In 2018/2019, every fire and rescue service in England and Wales was subjected to a statutory inspection by His Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). The inspection investigated how well the service performs in each of three areas. On a scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service was rated as follows:[3]

HMICFRS Inspection Royal Berkshire 2018/19
Area Rating Description
Effectiveness Good How effective is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
Efficiency Good How efficient is the fire and rescue service at keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks?
People Good How well does the fire and rescue service look after its people?

Fire stations and appliances

The service operates 16 fire stations – 12 of which are crewed by wholetime firefighters and four use retained firefighters.[2]

RBFRS Stations & Appliances[4]
Station Callsign Station Duty System Appliances
JY01 Caversham Road (Reading) Wholetime PA, WART + WRB, 4x4
JY02 Wokingham Road (Reading) Wholetime PA
JY04 Newbury Wholetime 2x PA
JY05 Hungerford On-Call PA
JY06 Lambourn On-Call PA, L4P
JY10 Wokingham Wholetime PA
JY11 Mortimer On-Call PA, L4P
JY14 Ascot Wholetime PA
JY15 Crowthorne On-Call PA, WrC
JY16 Bracknell Wholetime PA, WrC, 2x PM (HVP), HVPSU
JY17 Slough Wholetime 2x PA
JY18 Langley Wholetime PA
JY19 Maidenhead Wholetime & On-Call (P2) 2x PA, CU(L), CU(S), 2x L4P
JY20 Whitley Wood Wholetime PA, ALP, HMEU, PM (MDM) OSU
JY21 Windsor Wholetime PA
JY22 Theale Wholetime PA, HRU

Abbreviations (Callsigns):[4]

The community fire station at Theale, which opened in 2021, is also a base for South Central Ambulance Service and Thames Valley Police.[5] It replaced the former Dee Road (Reading) and Pangbourne fire stations.[5]

Wokingham Road fire station in Reading is also home to the Red Cross Fire Emergency Support Service, who have their own specialist vehicle at the station.[6] The Red Cross team are mobilised by RBFRS control staff to respond to people affected by incidents such as fire or flood.[7] Established in Berkshire in 1993,[7] they can provide food, clothing, and arrange emergency accommodation.[6]

See also

References

  1. ^ "RBFRS - About Us". Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Fire Stations". Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  3. ^ "Royal Berkshire 2018/19". Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HIMCFRS). 20 June 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b Houghton, Emily (29 April 2020). "FOI 2020 0007 Royal Berkshire vehicles and callsigns.pdf" (PDF). WhatDoTheyKnow. Retrieved 17 July 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ a b "New fire station in Berkshire opens as two others are closed". BBC News. 10 November 2021. Retrieved 17 July 2022.
  6. ^ a b "Fire Stations Wokingham Road". Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Retrieved 3 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b Mayo, Nick (10 February 2014). "LIVE BLOG: Floods hit Berkshire and Buckinghamshire". Maidenhead Advertiser. Retrieved 3 November 2021.