Putting theory into practice


During their nine week stay at the College, learners on the International Divisional Command Course (IDCC), stepped away from the classroom to see theory being put into practice.

The group, two from Bermuda Fire and Rescue and five from Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service, spent a day at the Houses of Parliament as part of the effective communications module. During the visit they had the opportunity to observe parliamentary process in action from the public gallery. The visit was hosted by former MP Hugh Edwards and included a meeting with Jim Fitzpatrick MP, former Fire Minister and Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Fire Safety and Rescue Group.

A visit to the London Fire Brigade HQ, including a meeting with Dany Cotton, Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, provided practical insights into the expectations of a strategic commander in a large organisation.

The IDCC is designed to promote development opportunities for station officers through to assistant chief officers across a range of strategic management areas. These include personal development, communications and media, strategy, change management and leadership, financial management, human resource management and incident command.

Mark Watson, Course Director said “It has been a privilege to watch the course delegates develop over the past 9 weeks. I know they will be better placed to deal with the opportunities and challenges faced by a modern fire service. As future leader’s, we have provided the skills and knowledge to make a real difference”.

During the course, all delegates successfully completed the Skills for Justice Award in Advanced Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services (QCF). which focuses on the knowledge and skills required to provide an advanced level of tactical command and coordination at the largest and most serious incidents, utilising developed command support. As part of the assessment process, delegates also completed the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme Tactical Command module.



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