Slade Park fire station

Slade Park fire station

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

Area City
Full time 24 hour crewed
On Call Part time
Drill night Tuesday
Station Manager Guy Dunkley
On Call officer in charge Dan Shepherd
Appliance Volvo Type-B Water Rescue Ladder, Mitsubishi Canter Type-C Light Fire Engine and Incident Response Unit

Slade Park fire cadets

The cadet unit at Slade fire station has been running since 2004 and meets on a Monday evening between 6.30pm and 8.30pm term time only.

Slade fire cadets train regularly with items of equipment such as ladders, hose and take on tasks such as building improvised dams that can be used on the fire ground.

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

Along with other Oxfordshire fire cadet units they get the opportunity to attend local and national summer camps.

Find out more on the website

New On-Call firefighters

The Station welcomes firefighters Paul Sturrock, Tom Cross and Stuart Horrobin to its ranks. We wish them all the best of luck for all the training they are undergoing.

The majority of firefighters that protect the UK serve on a part-time on-call basis. People like you who spend their days bricklaying, answering the phone, looking after their children, gardening, lifesaving, fitness instructing and making tea. 

Right now, more than ever, we need more on-call firefighters to help crew fire stations around the UK and if you meet the eligibility criteria.

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 or call into your local station on drill night.


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

Station update - October 2015

Slade Park Fire Station crews have had a busy 2015 and have responded to over 900 incidents so far this year. Over September and October, Slade Park crews attended 200 incidents of a wide ranging nature, including property fires, vehicle fires, field and rubbish fires, road traffic collisions, flooding, rescues and Carbon Monoxide alarms.

In addition to this, the crews have also been seen at local fetes and community events, as well as regular home fire safety checks to raise awareness of our role, build upon strong community links and to ensure the safety of all users within the Station area.

Charity car wash

On Saturday 19 September 2015 The Slade Park Fire Station cleaned well over 100 cars in a 4 hour period.

Fundamentally the aim of the day was about interacting with the local community whilst raising some funds for the Fire Fighters Charity, both of which we achieved fantastically and I am extremely proud to report that we raised £589.04 for the charity.

The planning and execution by Firefighter Jan Rogocki and the crew members of Green Watch at the Slade lead to a fantastic event which was a great success on the day thanks to all the hard work put in by crew members from the Wholetime and On-Call supported by a few guest valets, namely Group Manager Jason Crapper, Station Manager Gary D’Anger and Blaze Bear.

Firefighter Graeme Laidler

On 30 October 2015, Firefighter Graeme Laidler hung up his tunic for the last time. In a 31-year career keeping the community of Oxfordshire safe, ‘G’ (as he is known to his peers) has seen countless changes in the way the Fire Service operates, including the introduction of hydraulic rescue equipment, better firefighter protection in the form of specialist firefighting clothing, and the development of the community fire safety role of the modern Firefighter. G spent the vast majority of his career on Blue Watch Slade will be missed by all. We all hope G enjoys retirement and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

The On-Call contingent of Slade Park Fire Station have also seen some personnel changes recently with Watch Manager Will McPhail leaving and handing over the role of Officer in Charge to Crew Manager Dan Shepherd. Will joined as a Retained Firefighter on 6th June 2005 and rose to become their Watch Manager shortly afterwards. Below is a photograph of CM Shepherd presenting WM McPhail with a certificate and thanking him for 10-years service as an on-call firefighter. We wish Will all the best for the future and hope Dan settles in to his new role.

Bonfire safety advice

Top tips on how to have a fun and safe Bonfire Night:

Bonfire Night parties wouldn’t be the same without a bonfire so before lighting the fire, check its construction carefully to make sure that it is stable, and that there are no children or animals inside.

Make one person responsible for the bonfire, and allow only that person and designated helpers into the bonfire area. Make sure your bonfire is at least 18 metres (60ft) away from houses, trees, hedges, fences or sheds. Only clean dry timber should be burned.

Bonfire safety advice:

Use domestic firelighters to light your bonfire
Keep some buckets of water nearby
Do not use petrol, paraffin, diesel or other flammable liquids to light your bonfire
Never burn aerosols, batteries, bottles , foam-filled furniture, tins of paint or tyres

Click on the firework safety link for further firework safety advice.


Watching fireworks is popular and fun, especially when celebrating Guy Fawkes Night, Diwali, Hanukkah, New Year’s Eve or Chinese New Year. But fireworks are explosives and burn at high temperatures, so they need careful handling and storage.

Always remember to follow the fireworks code:

Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114
Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks
Keep fireworks in a closed box
Follow the instructions on each firework
Light them at arm’s length, using a taper
Stand well back
Never go near a firework that has been lit
Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode
Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them
Always supervise children around fireworks
Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves
Never give sparklers to a child under five
Keep pets indoors
Don’t let off noisy fireworks after 11pm

Useful information:

If you would like information on firework licences please visit fireworks licences on the Oxfordshire County Council website.


Slade Park fire station
Horspath Driftway
OX3 7JG Headington

What’s the key to a
great night out?

This December if you are out and about partying or visiting family and friends leave your car keys at home, don’t drink and drive, book a taxi, catch a bus, walk or have a designated driver.

Four people each wearing santa hats and holding a glass.

The effects of alcohol can still last into the morning after a drinking session. If you’re driving to work or dropping the kids at school the next morning, don’t get caught out, you could still be over the drink drive limit, even if you feel fine.

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

There were 58 property fires, we didn’t want any more than 99.

There were 23 fires in people’s homes, we didn’t want any more than 45. All of these homes had smoke alarms working.

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

Countywide performance April to June 2015

What have we done to help prevent fires?

443 fire risk checks have been carried out in people’s homes. 90% of these checks were carried out for vulnerable people

284 smoke alarms were installed in people’s homes

There have been four 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.


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.


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