Bicester fire station

Bicester fire station

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

Area West Cherwell
On Call Part time
Drill night Tuesday
Station Manager Gary D'anger
On Call officer in charge Bob Lewis
Retained station support officer Steve Briggs
Appliance Two rescue engines

Fire Cadet Unit

At the start of the New Year Bicester started up a Fire Cadet Unit at the station.

A group of fire cadets.

Fire Cadets provide an opportunity for Youths aged 12 to 17 years to meet one evening each week for two hours and follow a structured program of core Fire and Rescue activities, delivered by a long established group of supervisors. Each unit can accommodate 16 Fire Cadets.

Our Fire Cadets scheme is about having fun as well as learning. Fire Cadets are not confined solely to Fire and Rescue Service activities; they are also given the opportunity to take part in additional activities at weekends and during the school holidays which include residential and local camps.

Fire Cadets with a hose spraying water

This allows them to build further on the core skills, which are gained through the training sessions, as well as increasing confidence and resilience in facing new challenges. They are given the opportunity to participate in a variety of other activities such as: camping, canoeing, ice skating and bowling etc.

Interested in finding out more?

If you know someone who is interested in joining a Fire Cadet scheme as a Cadet, a Supervisor, or would like to know more about their activities please contact your local fire station or:

Fire Cadet Co-ordinator
Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service HQ
Sterling Road
Kidlington
OX5 2DU

Tel: 01865 842999

 

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

www.firefighterscharity.org.uk

Two on call firefighters

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.

Get a taste of fire fighting

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service is holding a number of “taster days” for people who are interested in becoming an on call fire fighter during June.

Find out more...

Station update - April 2015

Incidents

It has been a very busy month for the Firefighters’ at Bicester. The month began with a severe fire at the Carluccios restaurant at the Bicester Village. The fire quickly engulfed the roof of the building threatening other properties in the centre. Bicester Firefighters’ wearing protective Breathing Apparatus and high pressure water jets worked hard to quickly bring the fire under control, minimising the damage caused by the fire and enabling the shopping village to open up for business as soon as possible.

On Friday 17 April at about 5.30pm Bicester fire crews were mobilised to assist their colleges in Oxford to fight the largest fie in the city for many years. A fire had started in the kitchens of the world famous Randolph Hotel in Broad Street Oxford. This frie quickly spread through the ventilation duct and into the roof of the hotel.

In total 14 fire crews consisting of approximately 80 firefighters from all over the county were involved in controlling and extinguishing the fire. Fire crews remained at the scene over the weekend and into the following week, ensuring that all pockets of fire were extinguished. The fire crews have been praised by the rapid response and initial actions that minimised the damage to the hotel.

Training

Some of the Bicester fire crews have again this month returned to the Fire Service College to test their skills in dealing with a variety of operational scenarios.

This has included a well-developed fire in a nightclub where firefighters had to enter the burning nightclub, control and extinguish the fire and then return to rescue a number of casualties.

This type of realistic training prepares fire crews and their Incident Commanders to be ready to deal with stressful and testing incidents that they could face at any time.

 

 

 

Location

Bicester fire station
Queens Avenue
OX26 2NR Bicester

Stay safe on the waterways this summer

Think about fire safety when enjoying Oxfordshire’s waterways this summer.

Narrowboats on a canal

With so much water around, there can be a tendency to think that there is a reduced risk of fire.  In fact, fires on boats can spread quickly and as boats are often in remote locations, it can take firefighters longer to arrive at an incident.

Smoke alarms can make a real difference to the outcome of fires on boats.  We want all boat users to be aware of the risks and want to see suitable smoke alarms installed in all boats with overnight accommodation.

You can’t see, feel or smell carbon monoxide but it can be fatal if you breathe it in. In an enclosed space like a boat carbon monoxide can build up to dangerous levels quickly. Fit a carbon monoxide (CO) detector - check it is suitable for marine use

For further boat safety advice visit 365alive.co.uk.

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

There were 61 property fires, we didn’t want any more than 42.

There were 16 fires in people’s homes, we didn’t want any more than nine. Most of these homes had smoke alarms 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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