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Didcot fire station

Didcot fire station

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

Area South Vale
Full time Day crewed
On Call Part time
Drill night Tuesday
Station Manager Mike Swadling
On Call officer in charge Andrew Beal
Appliances Two rescue engines, Incident Support Unit


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.

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A firefighter

Would you like to join the team?

You could receive over £7000 worth of free training that will prepare you to protect and save lives in your community. 

If you are interested please look at the recruitment website www.oncallfirefighter.co.uk or call into your local station on drill night.

To find out more about becoming an On Call firefighter telephone Watch Manager Andy Beal on 07917 086592.

Station update - September 2016

Fire crews attend water rescue emergency in West Hagbourne, Didcot

At 10:59pm on Thursday 29 September  2016, Thames Valley Fire Control Service received an emergency call reporting that a car had crashed into the village pond in West Hagbourne, and it was believed that persons were trapped within the vehicle.

A car being lifted out of a pond with a a crane

Two appliances from Didcot fire station were immediately mobilised and were on the scene within minutes. On arrival crews were confronted with a car that was completely submerged in the water with only the roof and open tailgate showing. A member of the public was in the pond attempting to break into the vehicle, having waded in to the chest height water, in an attempt to establish if anyone was trapped inside the car.

It was quickly established that there were no eye witnesses to the crash, and therefore the Incident Commander had to treat the incident as the worst case scenario and presume that persons were still trapped in the vehicle. The member of the public was removed from the water by fire crews for their own safety and crew members wearing specialist water rescue equipment consisting of dry suits and flotation devices entered the water to conduct a full search of both the car and the surrounding water.

Fortunately, further information was received from Thames Valley Police which confirmed that the sole occupant had freed themselves from the car prior to the arrival of the emergency services. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation by Thames Valley Police. No other persons or vehicles were involved.

The Incident Commander, Watch Manager Steve Wright from Didcot Fire Station said “The individual is extremely fortunate to have not sustained personal injury, and due to the depth and temperature of the water the consequences of this incident could have been far worse”. 

Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind everyone that even with the late summer we have been enjoying, bodies of water are not as warm as people think, and the onset of hypothermia can occur very quickly when you are not wearing specialist water personal protective equipment.

We would also like to remind all drivers to pay full regard to the road conditions, being mindful of how their driving needs to be appropriate for the time of day and weather conditions, especially now that the climate is changing from summer to autumn.

If you have any information about this incident you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Visit www.365alive.co.uk for road safety advice. 

If you have a road safety question please call the free phone community safety helpline on 08000 325 999 or email: community.safety@oxfordshire.gov.uk


Didcot fire station
The Broadway
OX11 8RX
United Kingdom

Performance information

Station incident figures

Winter roads

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Winter driving can be more stressful on cars and drivers a like. With heavy rain, snow and ice making each journey more difficult and potentially dangerous to you and other road users.

Read our top tips for winter driving.

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.

Safer and wellbeing visits

A safer and wellbeing visit is a free visit to your home to see what we can do to make you safer. We will have a chat with you around improving your health and wellbeing. When we visit we will fit free smoke alarms and offer advice to make you and your family safer at home.

Complete the online form to request a visit.


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