Two innovative degrees to provide emergency service and
transport industry professionals with additional skills when
dealing with major incidents have been launched by the University
University was transformed into an ‘emergency village’ and an
off-duty Air Ambulance landed at Wolverhampton Science Park for an
official launch event on Tuesday, 28 February 2012.
The special event was held to launch an MSc Emergency Planning,
Resilience and Response and a unique Postgraduate Certificate in
the Management of Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents.
Emergency service and passenger transport industry experts
toured the emergency village, which featured more than 25 emergency
vehicles, including a fire engine, rescue boat and specialist
The launch also included presentations from Anthony Marsh, Chief
Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, Chief Operating
Officer at Virgin Train Chris Gibb, and Head of NHS Preparedness,
Phil Storr, from the Department of Health.
Professor Linda Lang, Dean of the University’s School of Health
and Wellbeing, said: “We were delighted to welcome so many people
from the emergency services and passenger transport industry to the
University for the launch of these new courses. The emergency
village looked fantastic, and we are grateful to our partners for
their role in hosting this event.
“What really sets these degrees apart is the way they have been
developed with our partners in the emergency services and transport
sector to ensure they meet the needs of today’s services, which
face different challenges and obstacles when major incidents occur.
We are sure that students completing the courses will gain valuable
experience of working in partnership with other agencies so they
are well prepared for situations requiring emergency planning
Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West
Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “This exciting new programme
draws together the unique partnerships that the University of
Wolverhampton has established. Programmes such as this are
increasingly important, which we fully recognise, demonstrated by
our commitment to supporting and developing the University course.
One of the many advantages that differentiates this programme to
others is the extent to which we have partnered with other key
stakeholders to ensure an appropriate programme is delivered.”
Willie Baker, a retired British Transport Police Superintendent,
has been instrumental in establishing in the Management of
Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents course.
He said: "Completion of the Post Graduate Certificate in the
Management of Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents means that
for the first time people will be recognised as being academically
qualified to fulfil their important role. This is a huge benefit
not just in terms of staff development but also in strengthening
the business and the wider industry.”
The two qualifications are designed for people working in the
emergency services, transport sector and local authorities, or
those seeking careers in these areas, and will be delivered by the
University’s School of Health and
Wellbeing from April 2012.
The new courses were developed with input from industry experts
and aim to equip emergency and passenger transport professionals
with the skills to deal with major incidents such as accidents or
The emergency equipment and vehicle zone at the launch included
an Air Ambulance helicopter; a Severn Area Response Association
boat; a front-line fire engine from West Midlands Fire Service; a
West Midlands Ambulance Service motorcycle and rapid response car
as well as several vehicles from the WM Ambulance Service Hazardous
Area Response team.
The launch was also attended by Vice-Chancellor Professor Geoff
Layer, West Midlands Fire Service’s Chief Fire Officer Vij
Randeniya, Chris McKeogh, Chief Superintendant of Police as well as
representatives and vehicles from the Highways Agency, St John
Ambulance, Red Cross and Network Rail.
The University demonstrated one of its state-of-the-art Sim Men,
which are realistic patient simulators used to train health and
Other pictures from the launch are available. Please contact
Vickie Warren in the Media Relations Office on 01902 322736.
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