Witney fire station

Witney fire station

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

Area West Cherwell
On Call Part time
Drill night Tuesday
Station Manager Nick Bourke
On Call officer in charge Matt Nind
Retained station support officer Kevin Robbins
Appliance Two rescue engines

 

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

Witney fire cadets

The cadet unit at Witney fire station has been running since 1993 and meets on a Monday evening between 7pm and 9pm term time only.

Fire cadets demonstrating the use of a hose

Witney fire cadets take an active role in supporting Witney fire stations annual events and activities. They play a pivotal part in supporting fire station open days by giving demonstrations of the skills they have achieved in small training scenarios.

The fire cadets assist in Community Safety activities within Witney town centre and also help with collections and fund raising for charities.

Interested?
Find out more on the 365alive.co.uk website

 

Station update - January 2015

Incidents of interest

January has been a busy month for Witney and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue. It has seen a number of large fires in and around Oxfordshire with one incident at its peak taking over 27 fire appliances and close to 200 fire-fighters to bring under control. 

A burning building.

At the heart of the incident in South Oxfordshire District Council offices were the well trained crews from Witney, where their specialist skills and equipment was used throughout.  Their hard work and dedication helped to bring a safe end to the fire. 

Also this month they have been involved with a number of thatched property fires, again using their skill and knowledge to help resolve the incident in a safe and timely manner. 

Also at the start of the year crews from Witney were extremely busy attending ambulance calls in the local area. Over the two week period they attended on top of their normal duties an additional 50 calls. 

Community fire safety

The station has been visiting a number of homes in and around the station area, giving home fire safety advice and where needed fitting smoke alarms. 

What is planned for the coming month?

This month sees two new fire fighters at Witney start their career towards becoming a qualified fire-fighter, we have managers taking their operational qualifications and we also have a series of training events that are focused around hazardous materials. 

Matt Nind has taken over the reins at Witney and he brings over 10 years’ experience with him. He is a qualified fire investigator and a long standing crew member of the Witney crew. 

We are still visiting those who need advice on fire safety and giving presentations to local schools in the area about road and home safety.

Put it out, right out!

A burning cigaretteSmoking’s not only bad for your health it can be bad for your home and possessions.

It only takes one cigarette to start a fire in your home which could potentially kill you and your family. To wipe out your possessions and childhood memories or leave thousands of pounds worth of damage to your home.

Smokers who are not ready to kick the habit yet should still follow a few simple precautions to prevent a fire in their home:

•  smoke outside - avoid the danger of a fire starting inside

•  don't leave lit cigarettes, cigars or pipes unattended

•  put them right out! - make sure you stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully

•  use a proper, heavy ashtray which can't tip over easily and is made of a material that won't burn

•  fit a smoke alarm and test it weekly

Location

Witney fire station
Welch Way
Witney
OX28 6JH
United Kingdom

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

There were 24 property fires, we didn’t want any more than 36.

There were seven fires in a people’s home, we didn’t want any more than eight. Half of these homes had a working smoke alarm.

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.

 

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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