Our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is a public sector organisation employing approx. 330 personnel. Historically it has had a strong representation from former members of the Armed Forces Community, and the Armed Forces Covenant has helped us to publicly recognise the value of our ex-Service staff and show our support to those who are serving, have served and their families.
Receiving the Bronze Award galvanised RBFRS to look internally at how better we could support and promote the Armed Forces.
RBFRS appointed an Armed Forces Liaison Officer, to lead, coordinate and promote both internally and externally the efforts of the Service concerning a more collaborative relationship with HM Armed Forces. It was achieved by formulating and implementing workstreams to develop further and advocate that any business or organisation can benefit from for supporting and employing former members as well as family members of the Armed Forces community. We are now mentoring Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Services to sign the AFC.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service provides prevention, protection and response services across the county of Berkshire. 12 whole-time and six on-call fire stations cover 486 square miles, from Langley in the East to Lambourn in the West. It serves a diverse cultural population of 911,400, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The role of RBFRS within local communities is evolving. A wide range of services helps keep communities safe, including safety and protection advice to residents and businesses, as well as enforcing fire safety legislation and reducing fire risk in the built environment. This is in addition to highly skilled crews providing a swift and effective response to incidents ranging from road, rail, aviation and waterway accidents, to fuel and chemical spills, collapsed buildings, large animal rescues and, of course, fires.