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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Fire and Rescue Service Win Training Award

18/11/2010

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service and the Fire Service College collecting their award

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has won the regional ‘Partnerships and Collaborations’ award at the National Training Awards 2010 (See Notes to Editor) ceremony, held in Birmingham.

“We initially instigated the training but it was developed in close conjunction with the college we couldn’t have achieved what we have without the partnership approach."

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Training, Bob Dagless

The regional award was given for a partnership the Service has formed with the national Fire Service College (see Notes to Editor) in producing a training programme, designed to reduce the number of injuries firefighters sustain. The training programme covers risk assessments and decision-making skills, particularly at incidents when the environment is very changeable.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Training, Bob Dagless, said: “We are delighted to have won this award. A lot of hard work goes into the training of firefighters and we have a long history of collaboration and secondment with the Fire Service College.

“We initially instigated the training but it was developed in close conjunction with the college we couldn’t have achieved what we have without the partnership approach.

“To date, 430 employees have undertaken the training and within two years the number of operational injuries has been almost halved. It’s hard to eliminate injuries altogether in such a dangerous job as firefighting however the training delivered by the partnership has already had a positive effect.”

Kim Robinson, Chief Executive of the Fire Service College said: "This prestigious award is testimony to the hard work and collaborative approach taken by everyone involved in the development of this training and I am delighted with such a positive outcome.   Further, it reinforces our commitment to the UK Fire & Rescue Service in their work to ensure firefighter safety and protect lives."

A National Training Awards judge said: “We deemed Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s entry to be outstanding within the region. The partnership works effectively and the benefits of working collaboratively are evident for all involved.”