Buckinghamshire apprentices training at the FSC

Aged from just 18 to 28, 22 apprentice firefighters from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service are spending a month training at the Fire Service College. Having completed their non-residential foundation skills training at the Services’ facility in Milton Keynes, the apprentices have transferred to the College to undertake their Road Traffic Collision, Breathing Apparatus and scenario modules.

The apprentices are taking part in a two year programme jointly provided by Bucks FRS and Encompass, an Apprentice Training Agency. The apprentices will be trained to Emergency Fire Service Operations Level 3 qualification.

Andy Pennick, Training Delivery Manager, Bucks FRS said “This blended approach is possible due to the growing strategic partnership between Bucks FRS and the College.  A key advantage is that by reducing peripheral costs of residential training (accommodation, catering), we have been able to provide additional instructors across the course and to focus funds on areas that require additional practical training, such as BA.”

The apprentices are agreed that the whole experience is proving rewarding, from the camaraderie that they have developed from living and learning together, to the added realism created by staying in the College fire station and scenario training on the incident ground. At the end of their month long training, the apprentices will demonstrate their newly acquired skills to friends and family as part of their graduation ceremony.

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