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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service Welcomes Caribbean Officers

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has played host to two Caribbean Fire Officers who have spent a week with the Service.

The two officers, Cyril Yeates from Trinidad and Tobago and Colin Swan from Bermuda were in the UK studying at the International Fire Service College in Gloucestershire.

"We're looking forward to taking some of what we’ve learnt back to the Caribbean, so we can put it into practice."

Colin Swan, Station Manager Bermuda Fire Service

As part of their course they visited Staffordshire to find out more about the risk reduction work the Service does, how firefighters are trained and developed and how road traffic collisions are dealt with.

During their stay they met with the Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford, visited fire stations in Stone and Hanley and spent one morning with Hanley crews on the targeted response vehicle, carrying out community safety.

Station Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Steve Norris who hosted the guests said: "The officers came to Staffordshire as we were identified to them as a Service leading the way in the areas they were interested in.

"It was great for them to see how we do things and vice versa for us to get an insight into what they do back in the Caribbean."

Station Manager Colin Swan from Bermuda Fire Service said: "We've had a great time here in Staffordshire and we particularly enjoyed learning about how the service train and develop their officers.

"We're looking forward to taking some of what we’ve learnt back to the Caribbean, so we can put it into practice."