Three Firefighters from the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service recently left the Island to enrol at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, UK, to undertake various accredited specialised firefighting training courses.

Watch Manager, Jason Lawrence, will be studying the following courses:

  • Firefighter Development Core Skills Programme
  • F&RS Incident Command Level 1 Development
  • International Breathing Apparatus Instructor
  • Fire Safety Management & Fire Risk Assessment

Firefighters, Damien Stevens and Matthew Benjamin, will enrol on the following courses:

  • Fire Fighter Development Core Skills Programme
  • Practical Fire Investigation
  • Fire Safety Management & Fire Risk Assessment

The Firefighter Development Core Skills Program is an intensive eight week course, broken down into a series of modules, each with their own key learning outcomes. It will provide the foundation skills required to respond, prevent, and adapt to the needs of the community. The course sets the foundation for further development and a successful career in Fire & Rescue.

The aim of the Fire Safety Management & Fire Risk Assessment course is to provide the underpinning technical and practical skills required for persons wishing to undertake Fire Risk Assessments in complex premises.

Jason’s F&RS Incident Command Level 1 Development course is designed for competent firefighters who are seeking to develop as an aspiring Initial Incident Commander. The course will expose Jason to a range of operational scenarios, both in the simulated and practical environments.

The International Breathing Apparatus Instructor program employs a blended learning approach to enable trainers to develop their skills to deliver breathing apparatus training and assess this training against measurable, objective criteria. It is designed to equip those aspiring to, or selected for, the role of a Breathing Apparatus Trainer, with the technical and practical skill-sets required to develop a structured approach to planning and delivering a wide variety of breathing apparatus training.

The Practical Fire Investigation training program, which Damien and Matthew will study, has been developed and is delivered in conjunction with the College of Policing (COP) for both fire investigators and forensic investigators. The course provides learners with the underpinning knowledge, understanding, and practical skills, required for the role of a fire investigator and develops their investigative skills as a fire/crime scene investigator.

St Helena Fire & Rescue Service Brigade Manager, Alan Thomas, said:

“A Senior Firefighter’s work environment is driven by strategic goals, which requires independent thinking and a broad understanding of firefighting technical aspects as a whole. ‘Learning the ropes’ at this level takes time, so in order to ensure leadership continuity within the Fire Service, this training will form part of our succession plan. It also forms the foundation for further professional development training. The correlation between success and failure can be directly attributed to the amount of emphasis placed upon professional development training. 

“It is SHGs obligation and duty of care to ensure all emergency response teams complies with all legislative requirements. In order to achieve this, staff must be professionally trained in accordance with relevant standards.”

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SHG
13 September 2018

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