Students at the University of Wolverhampton have been
given a taste of life as a firefighter as part of an innovative
partnership with West Midlands Fire Service.
The BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue students have spent four weeks at
the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) Academy in Smethwick
completing the same training as newly recruited firefighters.
The 28 first and second year students have been learning to use
ladders, pumps and hoses as part of their degree course, which
combines academic theory with practical experience.
They ‘passed out’ from the course at a ceremony at the WMFS
Academy, which was attended by University staff and senior fire
officers. The students were also presented with individual
certificates to mark their achievements so far.
Mark Taylor is the Course Leader and spent 30 years working for
West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS). He said: “This is the first time
a vocational training course of this type has been run in the UK.
The University and the WMFS have worked together on this degree
since its creation more than three years ago.
“These students will not only achieve a good academic
qualification but will also have proved that they are valuable
members of the community through their volunteering work and have
been trained in the basic skills of a fire fighter.”
Tony Prosser, Director of Learning and Development at WMFS said:
“When graduates from this course apply to become firefighters in
future, they will already be equipped with some of the essential
knowledge and skills required of a modern-day fire fighter.”
Students can also become community volunteers and retained
firefighters with some fire and rescue services around the region
during their three years of study, as well as undertaking this
initial firefighter training with WMFS.
West Midlands, Staffordshire, Hereford and Worcestershire,
Shropshire and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue services contribute to
the curriculum design and content, and the programme includes a
‘guest lecture’ series during which students engage in discussion
and debate with leading fire and rescue experts on current practice
The BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue degree offers a relevant
professional programme of study for students intending to seek a
career in the fire and rescue services or industrial and aviation
sector. The degree contains a number of engineering and science
modules including mathematics, chemistry and physics.
The Academy is a purpose built and equipped training complex and
is the hub of training learning and development for the West
Midlands Fire Service.
The building features numerous well equipped training rooms, a
conference hall, and practical training areas including a safe
firehouse alongside breathing apparatus and foam training pads, a
road traffic collision (RTC) pad and a trauma care suite. There are
also a number of elevated structures to enable safe working at
height training, and a confined space facility. WMFS also has
access to a number of sites across the the West Midlands region
suitable for water and boat safety training.
Coupled with one of the most technologically advanced Command
and Control systems available, the Academy at WMFS offers first
class faciliities for both serving firefighters and students with
the potential for a career in firefighting ahead of them.
Picture: BSc (Hons) Fire and Rescue students at
the passing out ceremony at the West Midlands Fire Service
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Date Issued: Tuesday, 12 June 2012
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