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Watlington fire station

Watlington fire station

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

Area South Vale
On Call Part time
Drill night Wednesday
Station Manager Marcus Reay
On Call officer in charge Sean Absolom
Retained station support officer Andy Ford
Appliance One rescue engine

Watlington fire station fire fighter recruitment campaign

Watlington fire station are continuing with their campaigning to recruit more On Call Retained fire fighters.

Five fire fghters infornt of an appliance at Watlington fire station

Over the past two years each home in Watlington has been visited and the businesses in the local area asked to see if a local residents or workers are interested in becoming a firefighter.

Some Watlington residents might already have seen the fire crews out in the town centre or knocking on doors to raise awareness that more firefighters are needed.

The station in Gorwell, is staffed entirely by On Call Retained fire fighters who have main jobs during the day but are on call and can be summoned to attend emergencies both during the day – if they work in the local area or night-time if they live nearby.

Watlington fire station is currently crewed by only eight firefighters but needs about 17 to function at its best. The shortage means staff have had to work extra shifts and be on call more to fill gaps in the service.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire and Rescue Service Station manager Marcus Reay said: “Fire crews take a lot of pride in their stations availability, and the Watlington crew do everything they can to maintain crewing; however sickness or leave means that sometimes there are not enough crew members available. I want too train ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

He said: "We are predominantly an on-call service. We always have people retiring or moving out of town. It’s difficult to maintain 24/7 cover only using our fire engine in Watlington so sometimes fire engines will have to come from Thame or Wallingford.

Candidates need to be over 17 years and 10 months and have a reasonable level of fitness. They must pass a series of mental and physical exams. These will test their basic numeracy, problem-solving skills, strength, fitness and ability to work in the dark, at heights and in confined spaces.

Mr Reay said employers were not inconvenienced as much as they may think - by letting their workers join as most incidents happen in the evenings or early mornings. Employers get some great benefits as firefighters remain calm under pressure and are trained in first aid and health and safety to a much higher standard than usual. Firefighters are also excellent team players and that quality will benefit anyone who is willing to free them up.

To find out more about becoming a retained fire fighter call 0800 587 0870.


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.

Station update 2016

Crews from Watlington this month have been involved in many different incidents this month including several serious Road Traffic Collisions. As most poelpe know, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue service  crews are well drilled in the use of hydraulic equipment to ensure we can rescue trapped people and provided first aid until Ambulance crews arrive on scene.

Station Manager Reay said “ I would like to remind everone to take care on the roads whilst driving around the county. Not only the M40, but also country roads can be dangerous in the summer, as the sun can be low in the sky and roads can become greasy with oil or soil from fields,  without regualr rain cleaning the roads. By taking some extra time and care on your journey accidents can be avoided”.

Winter roads

A winter sky, a tree with no leaves and an empty road.

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.


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



Watlington fire station
1 Gorwell
OX49 5QB Watlington

Performance information

Station incident figures

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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