Banbury fire station

Banbury fire station

General information, map, postal address and quarterly performance update.

Area West Cherwell
Full time 24 hour crewed
On Call Part time
Drill night Tuesday
Station Manager Darran Hookway
On Call Watch Manager Mark O’Connor
Appliance Two rescue engines and a high volume pumping appliance

Two fire fighters removing a ladder from an appliance.

Would you like to join the team?

If you live or work close to a station and are interested, or would just like to find out more, please come along to your local station, without obligation, on the evening of their drill night.

Find out more about being an On Call firefighter.

Banbury Fire Cadets

The cadet unit at Banbury fire station has been running since 2005 and meets on a Thursday evening between 6:30pm and 8:30pm term time only.

The majority of our instructors are whole time firefighters based at Banbury fire station, who bring a wealth of both technical and practical knowledge to the cadet sessions.

Banbury fire cadets get to see many aspects of the fire and rescue service. Banbury fire station offers training facilities others cannot, such as the purpose built smokehouse used for realistic breathing apparatus training.

Whilst there is a serious aspect to the training, the intention is to make all the sessions interesting and with an element of fun.

In addition to the fire cadet training nights, we also hold fundraising events with proceeds helping the Banbury cadet unit and local charities, as well as The Fire Fighters Charity.

Find out more on the website


Thank you for your support

Thank you to everyone who has kindly donated waste clothes and textiles via the collection banks at our stations.

Fire fighters charity clothing bank

The Fire Fighters Charity runs a successful recycling scheme which provides a valuable source of revenue.

The Firefighters Charity logo


On Call vacancies

Banbury is looking for potential On Call firefighters to cover days and weekends. Find out more about becoming an On Call firefighter...

Station update - January 2015

This month has been a busy one for Banbury fire station and the five fire crews that work here. The crews have been hard at work training for the various types of incidents that they could attend.

Managers and fire fighters at the station have also been hard at work ensuring that their knowledge and understanding of the latest procedures involving hazardous materials incidents are understood and each month a number of new procedural documents are released that all staff must understand.

With the cold weather still upon us and on the back of 2 recent fires in Oxfordshire involving thatched roof properties, Station Manager Darran Hookway would like to make occupiers and owners aware of the following advice.

Thatch fire safety

A thatched roof is always at risk from fire. Once a fire has taken hold in a thatch it will spread rapidly.

The most common causes of fire in a thatch are

•  heat transfer through the brickwork of a faulty chimney or flue into the adjacent thatch
•  electrical faults
•  stray sparks from chimneys, discarded cigarettes and garden bonfires

In addition to following all the usual precautions for fire safety in the home, if you are in a thatched building, you should also:

•  keep chimneys and flues clean and well maintained
•  use a bulkhead type light fitting in your loft space
•  never burn rubbish or garden waste near the property
•  site barbecues a safe distance away from the building
•  never light fireworks near a thatched property
•  television aerials on thatched buildings should be fitted to a freestanding pole

Thatch fires can be avoided with basic fire prevention measures

•  have your brickwork, mortar and flashings regularly checked and carry out any necessary repairs
•  if you have a wood-burning stove or similar enclosed solid fuel burner installed it is essential that an appropriate liner has been applied
•  have your electrical system checked on a regular basis by a competent NICEIC approved electrician (as a guide every 5 years)
•  the use of blowtorches or hot air guns should not be allowed in areas adjacent to the thatch, particularly first floor and roof voids

Complete a home fire risk check

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging residents to make sure they are fully aware of the fire hazards which commonly exist throughout the home, how to identify them and what to do should a fire occur, by completing a quick online home fire risk check.


Take care whilst in the kitchen

A person stiring a pan on a stove.

More than 50% of accidental fires at home are started by cooking. Hazards including naked flames and people becoming distracted all contributing to making the room the least safe in the home.

Top tips:

•  don’t get distracted when you are cooking - turn off or turn down the heat if you have to leave the cooking unattended, for example to take a phone call or answer the door

•  clean your oven, hob and toaster on a regular basis – a build-up of fat, crumbs or grease can easily catch fire

•  remember to check that the oven or hob are switched off after you have finished cooking

•  take extra care when deep-fat frying or cooking with oil – hot oil can catch fire easily – use a thermostat controlled deep-fat fryer which will make sure the fat doesn’t get too hot


Banbury fire station
Cope Road
OX16 2EY
United Kingdom

How have our prevention activities helped to reduce fires in the Banbury area?

There were 76 property fires, we didn’t want any more than 78.

There were 15 fires in people’s homes, we didn’t want any more than 30. 80% of these homes had a smoke alarm working.

Fortunately, nobody has died as a result of a fire in their home.

Countywide performance April to December 2014

What have we done to help prevent fires?

1,394 fire risk checks have been carried out in people’s homes. 89% of these checks were carried out for vulnerable people

1,170 smoke alarms were installed in people’s homes

There have been 23 successful fire setter intervention cases

A safer place to live

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is committed to making Oxfordshire a safer place to live, work and visit.

Our 365alive website is full of great advice and safety tips.



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