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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is responsible for an area of around 125,914 hectares, from Slough and Langley in the east to Lambourn and Newbury in the west. It employs more than 600 uniformed and support staff, who serve a population of approximately 860,000 people.

The service’s highly-trained fire crews deal with incidents ranging from road and rail accidents to fuel and chemical spills, aviation and waterway accidents, collapsed buildings, large animal rescues and, of course, fires.

Along with providing a swift and effective response to incidents, one of the service’s aims is to educate people on how to prevent fire and other emergencies. It works with schools, businesses, residents and community groups throughout Berkshire to raise awareness and educate people about a wide variety of safety issues.

The service has joined forces with Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire & Rescue Service to establish a shared emergency call handling centre.

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HMICFRS region and HMI

  • Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services (HMI): Matt Parr
    is HMI for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • HMICFRS region: The service is in HMICFRS’s London and South Central fire region

Contact Matt Parr

HMICFRS’s role in inspecting this service

For over 160 years, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has independently assessed and reported on the efficiency and effectiveness of police forces and policing, in the public interest.

In summer 2017, HMIC (now HMICFRS) took on inspections of England’s fire & rescue services, assessing and reporting on their efficiency, effectiveness and leadership.

Key facts – 2019/20

Service Area

488 square miles


0.91m people
up3% local 5 yr change


87% wholetime firefighters
13% on-call firefighters
0.47 per 1000 population local
0.57 national level
up4% local 5 yr change
down8% national 5 yr change


18 stations
22 fire engines


1.9 fire incidents per 1000 population local
2.7 national
2.4 non-fire incidents per 1000 population local
3.1 national
3.8 fire false alarms per 1000 population local
4.1 national


£17.94 firefighter cost per person per year
£24.53 firefighter cost per person per year (national)

Chief Fire Officer

Trevor Ferguson