History will be made this week when elected members of Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority visit the Fire Service College to watch colleagues tackle a pioneering training course.
The Incident Command training programme has been designed by Lead Incident Command Instructors, Alan Bateman and Chris Berry, who both work in Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Training Development department.
"This programme highlights the tenacity, determination and drive to realise our vision of making Staffordshire the safest place to be"
Lead Incident Command Instructor, Alan Bateman
Delivered by Mr Bateman and Mr Berry in partnership with the Fire Service College in Morton-in-Marsh, the unique course provides training based around real-time pressure situations which aims to keep Staffordshire at the forefront of the UK’s fire and rescue services.
On Saturday, October 24th, members of the Fire and Rescue Authority will be at the College to observe 14 of their own firefighters at first hand.
It is the first time in the College's 43-year history elected members have been invited to the Fire Service College, where they will be hosted by the Fire Service College management board.
Fire and Rescue Authority chairman, Len Bloomer, said: "It is not very often you get to see incidents on the scale of what we’ll be seeing on Saturday.
It really will enlighten the minds of members as to what we’re all about. The Fire Service College is a very special place and the training is unique."
Training is staged around specially constructed units which include a full size shopping mall, a high rise building, oil refinery, a motorway, a pile of earthquake rubble, a railway, military and commercial aircraft, an underground bunker and a concrete ship.
"This programme highlights the tenacity, determination and drive to realise our vision of making Staffordshire the safest place to be," said Mr Bateman. "You simply cannot achieve these diverse training venues anywhere else."
"From understanding their legislative powers to deciding on tactics, the training tests the ability of fire service personnel to assess risk in a robust and highly calculating manner, ensuring a safer and more effective operational service for the public we serve."