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30 August 2013

Fire Service College to showcase its future at Emergency Services Show

The Fire Service College will reveal its innovative incident command training experience at the Emergency Services Show.

25-26 September at the NEC, Birmingham

Footage from the College’s incident ground will be showcased inside a hi-tech igloo, allowing visitors to experience the pressures on an incident commander at the centre of a major road traffic accident.  Visitors will also experience a teaser for an immersive 3D training scenario, which will challenge participants to deal with a fire in a terraced house. The scenario will be made available at the show via G2G3’s (part of Capita plc) and Igloo’s technology.

The teaser will give a flavour of 16 virtual scenarios being developed by the Fire Service College and G2G3 to test and exercise incident commanders, of any level, across all blue light services. The scenarios, which will also help training delegates to develop their skills and leadership qualities, will be available at the College from early 2014 and – in the future – will be delivered nationwide. The state-of-the-art technology will remove the cost and logistical barriers normally associated with staging complex, physical training exercises involving all emergency services sectors.    

Andy Parker, deputy chief executive, Capita, said: “When Capita announced its acquisition of the Fire Service College in December 2012, we made a commitment to transform it into a world class training facility that showcases new technology, and expands the range of training available to the fire service and other emergency services markets.

“We have made great progress, through investment and in using the breadth of Capita’s existing capability and expertise in this sector, to position the College as a leading facility.  The fact that the training experience will soon be available beyond the physical grounds of the College presents great opportunities to existing and future customers.”

The College is also launching a brand new training course enabling potential fire fighter recruits to live and ‘work’ a shift pattern at  its on-site fire station. The intensive eight week course will produce individuals trained to national occupational standards who are ready to join a fire and rescue service. This brand new cost effective model takes away some of the training and recruitment pressure from fire services. The course will also meet National Fire Protection Association standards, making it suitable for international students.

The College will now also offer a leadership programme for young professionals, tailored to the needs of the fire and rescue service and accredited by the University of Worcester. It will offer a formal career pathway and professional qualification for future fire chiefs, which is the first of its kind. 

Where you can find the Fire Service College and the simulation training at the Emergency Services Show:

  • We are expecting high levels of interest in the Fire Service College’s simulation training experience. It will be located at stand L60. To book a space in advance, please email info@fireservicecollege.ac.uk or visit our stand, located at D69, at the show. 
  • The Fire Service College stand is located at D69. It will provide information on new courses, updates on the new-look College and also a Wonderwall, where artists will interview visitors to the stand about hot topics and capture their thoughts in a gigantic mural. The content from the mural will form the basis of a thought paper to be launched in October.  See how the mural develops over the course of the show.

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