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Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) 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.

The service’s 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.

RBFRS is under the direction of a combined Royal Berkshire Fire Authority, which is made up of representatives from the county’s six unitary authorities. RBFRS also works alongside Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service, Public Health and other public service providers in Berkshire.

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

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

Wayne Bowcock