"Pinnacle of training" - International Brigade Command Course Graduation

Speaking on behalf of learners graduating from the Fire Service College International Brigade Command Course (IBCC), Mark Taylor, Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, described the experience as the “pinnacle of training”.

The nine learners from Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service, Trinidad and Tobago Fire Service and Oman Petroleum successfully completed the Level 6 (ICL3) Skills for Justice Award in Advanced Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services (QCF), equivalent to a Bachelor Degree. As part of the assessment process, delegates also completed the Joint Services Interoperability Programme module (JESIP).

The IBCC is designed to provide an opportunity for senior and aspiring managers, to develop the skills and competences to advance into the most senior roles in their organisations. Delivery includes classroom based lectures from a wide range of UK and European civil response specialists, case studies and practical and simulation exercises; and outside visits to establishments and organisations who are influential in managing and maintaining the UK civil response.

During the course, the learners met with Roy Wilsher, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council and Andy Fry, Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire Services for Wales, to discuss the challenges faced by fire services not only now but in future long-term planning. The learners also spent time with tutors from Toyota Lean Management Academy sharing knowledge about ‘The Toyota way’. They took part in practical problem-solving issues, discussed how Kaizen, the process of discovering and eliminating Muda (waste) in as little time as possible, can be incorporated into fire service ways of working.

Mark Watson, Course Director said: “Having watched the delegates develop in knowledge and confidence during the course, 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 them with the skills and knowledge to make a real difference. All the learners are a credit to the College and I wish them all well for the future.”

Mark Taylor said: “The College has put together a progressive course in terms of organisation and in the way that it has progressed each of us. It has been challenging but supportive in helping us to utilise and apply the skills developed. It has been the pinnacle of training and is the place to come for IBCC training.”

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