St Helena Firefighters on overseas training

Three Firefighters from the St Helena Fire & Rescue Service (SHF&RS) – Watch Manager David John, Firefighter Ashley Clingham and Firefighter Christopher Wade – recently departed the Island to undertake overseas training at the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh UK.

David will be studying for qualifications in RTCI (Road Traffic Collision Instructor), Fire & Rescue Service (F&RS) Incident Commander Level 1, Hazmat First Responder, Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment, and Practical Fire investigation.

Ashley will be studying for qualifications in RTCI (Road Traffic Collision Instructor), Hazmat First Responder, Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment and Fire safety and engineering principles.

David and Ashley will begin their training with the RTCI. With major developments in car safety over the last decade and a global shift towards the electrification of cars, today’s emergency crews face far greater challenges and complexities in extricating casualties safely from vehicles. This course will allow the SHF&RS to move forward and come in line with the UK Fire Services best practices.

The Fire Safety and Fire Risk Assessment course is designed to enable personnel to carry out fire risk assessments of the most complex risk workplaces and identify the range of fire protective and preventive measures required.

The aim of the Hazmat First Responder course is to provide learners (Incident Commanders) with the necessary knowledge, understanding and experience to attend incidents involving hazardous materials and to bring them to a successful conclusion or manage them in a safe and effective manner.

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

Ashley’s final course will be Fire safety and engineering principles which will introduce him to the principles of fire safety engineering.

Christopher’s first course is the Firefighter Development Programme. This eight-week intensive course will provide him with the foundation skills required to respond, prevent and adapt to the needs of the community he serves. The course sets the foundation for further development and a successful career in the Fire and Rescue Service.

The Practical Fire Investigator course, which will be both David and Christopher’s final course, has been developed and is delivered in conjunction with the College of Policing (COP) for both fire investigators and forensic investigators. The course provides both with the underpinning knowledge and understanding required for the role of a fire investigator and develops their investigative skills as a fire/crime scene investigator.

St Helena Fire & Rescue Service Watch Manager, Jason Lawrence, said:

“The service would like to wish David, Ashley and Christopher all the very best in their training. The skills they will gain will be invaluable to the service and will only improve the service we deliver to the community once their training is cascaded down to all staff.”

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17 September 2019

St Helena Government Communications Hub

Telephone: 22470