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 - www.oncallfirefighter.co.uk.

Station update - May 2015

Incidents

Bicester fire crews have attended a wide range of incidents this month including car fires, chimney fires, road traffic accidents and a gas leak. The crew also attended a chemical leak in support of our neighbours in Northampton.

A specialist unit is based at Bicester known as a D.I.M vehicle; this is for the Detection, Identification and Monitoring of chemicals. The unit has specialist equipment that can be used by operators (wearing Breathing Apparatus and chemical protection suits when necessary) to sample unknown chemicals when involved in accidental spillage or wilful disposal. This information can then be used to assist us to render the chemical safe and also help to protect people and the environment.

Training

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service are currently training to introduce a new National guidance procedure for using Breathing Apparatus. This guidance has been revised to make the wearing of Breathing Apparatus in dangerous environments safer and gives us a greater control of operations.

The training consists of standardising various searching patterns and command and control procedures. This will standardise techniques and procedures across the country and will assist us when tackling fires and other incidents with our colleagues from other counties.

Location

Bicester fire station
Queens Avenue
OX26 2NR Bicester

Fatal distraction

You may think you’re used to multi-tasking. But texting and using the internet while you’re watching TV isn’t the same as doing so while you’re behind the wheel.

texting whilst drivingYour reaction times are 50% slower while talking on a phone, and you’re four times more likely to crash if you use a mobile while driving.

Distracted driving isn’t just dangerous for you – it puts your passengers, other drivers, cyclists and pedestrians at risk too.

Whether you’re younger or older, using a mobile phone, texting, using in-vehicle technologies (such as satnavs) and even eating can distract you from the road. Even if it’s just for a few seconds – that’s all it takes to have or cause a crash.

Please remember:

  • There’s no safe way to use a phone whilst driving – turn it off or put it on silent, and put it out of reach.
  • Be a safe passenger – let the driver focus on the road.
  • Just drive – eating, drinking and smoking whilst driving reduces your reaction time.
  • Set your satnav or your sound system before you drive. If you need to adjust them, pull over in a safe place.

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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