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Royal Berkshire fire and rescue service is responsible for serving the communities of Bracknell Forest, Reading, Slough, West Berkshire, Windsor & Maidenhead and Wokingham.

Contact this service for:

  • home and business safety checks
  • advice for builders and building owners
  • help installing smoke alarms
  • school visits
  • community events
  • jobs, apprenticeships and volunteering
  • youth and cadet schemes
  • complaints

 

Contact details

Telephone
Address
Headquarters
Newsham Court
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 7SD

Data for this service

Updated quarterly

6,906

Incidents attended

-8% less compared with previous year

Incidents breakdown

Updated quarterly

Fires false alarms 47%

Fires 25%

Non-fire incidents e.g. road traffic collisions 28%

3,264

False Alarms

1,736

Fires

1,906

Non fire incidents

Workforce and assets

Updated annually

459

firefighters

18

Fire stations

53

Fire appliances (pumps, aerial, other)

6% of firefighters are women

2.6% of firefighters are ethnic minority

Funding

Updated annually at different times

£34.5

million in funding (core spending power) for 2020/21

n/a

million in expenditure for the year 19/20

1%

increase from 2019/2020 to 2020/21

n/a

Money that has been set aside for specific projects or to cover unexpected costs

million in reserves

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Current and historical data for this service are published on GOV.UK. This includes: 

  • the type of incidents attended
  • causes of fires
  • deaths and injuries from fire
  • workforce numbers and diversity
  • firefighter pensions
  • fire prevention and protection activity

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Fire and rescue services are required to publish the following financial information:

 These requirements come from the local government transparency code 2015.


HMICFRS Inspection Results

Royal Berkshire in their HMICFRS inspection report received the following gradings in the three inspection categories – 

Effectiveness - Good

Efficiency - Good

People - Good.

The report was published on 20 June 2019 and can be found at - https://www.justiceinspectorates.gov.uk/hmicfrs/publications/frs-assessment-2018-19-royal-berkshire/.


Who manages Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Chief Fire Officer: Wayne Bowcock

Fire and Rescue Authority Chair: Cllr Colin Dudley

A combined authority covers more than one local authority area and is governed by locally elected councillors from the area. There is protected funding for fire and rescue.

Integrated Risk Management Plans (IRMP)

It is a requirement under the Fire and Rescue National Framework that each Fire and Rescue Authority must produce an Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP).  The IRMP should be easily accessible and publicly available.  Each plan must reflect all foreseeable fire and rescue related risks that could affect their communities, whether they are local, cross-border, multi-authority and/or national in nature; set out its management strategy; reflect effective consultation throughout its development with the community, its workforce & partners, and cover at least a three-year timespan.  Most Fire and Rescue Authority will review and update their IRMP on an annual basis.

View the long term plan for fire and rescue services in Royal Berkshire (IRMP).


Complaints

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