Road Traffic Collision Instructors Course

Our RTCi course is aimed at fire service personnel who are responsible for the delivery of Road Traffic Collision training and development

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"The best course that I have attended in 30 years"

From the 10th – 20th June we delivered our brand-new Road Traffic Collision Instructors (RTCi) Course here at The Fire Service College and the feedback we have received has been nothing short of incredible. The nine-day programme has been completely redesigned by Ian Dunbar who was also our course director. In addition to completely updated content, new look presentations and a focus on more professional discussion, there have been several key additions to the course which have been very well received by our learners.

“The inclusion of the helicopter medic was excellent”

It was decided that a road traffic collision instructor course should be multi-disciplinary and for that reason we made two key changes. Firstly, the first three days of the course were open to pre hospital clinicians and an open invite was extended across social media. We were delighted to welcome Chris Shaw, a flight medic who was able to add tremendous value to professional discussion across a range of practical and theoretical sessions.

Additionally, the syndicate exercises in week two included 3rd year student paramedics from St Georges University in London. With the inclusion of paramedics, our learners were able to design and deliver more realistic scenario exercises which provided the added dynamic of multi-agency collaboration, communication and extrication planning. Exercises varied greatly with some having paramedics first in attendance and others seeing the fire and rescue service arrive first. The learning outcomes for both agencies were invaluable.

“The best element for me was the collaboration with the ambulance service. I cannot state highly enough how valuable this engagement is”

The new look RTCi Course is designed to challenge a learners current mindset and approach, which is now thirty years old. We presented an alternative; The Team Approach v2.0, which whilst maintaining the core principles is now far more relevant, reflects our understanding of modern vehicles and increased awareness of the patient and their injuries.

An element of this new approach is vehicle relocation; moving the vehicle prior to extrication to enhance safety, improve patient access and reduce scene times. Although adopted widely in several countries for many years, it is rarely practiced here in the UK. The new course covers the theory behind the concept and also provides operational opportunities for learners to relocate vehicles using several methods. The concept was unanimously accepted as operationally viable by learners and medics alike. 

The course also looked in depth at extrication planning methodology, something rarely covered in instructor training courses. The current extrication planning process was discussed, and an alternative method was offered for consideration. Theoretical input and professional discussions were then contextualised during syndicate exercises and both our learners and medics agreed that a more critical focus on extrication planning will improve patient outcomes. 

“I find it hard to think of any course in any subject I have attended which is on a par with the excellence of this course”

The course also served as a platform for myth busting and providing context around much of the information, disinformation and misinformation that surrounds the subject of technical rescue. Having worked in both emergency response and within the industry in over one hundred countries, Ian Dunbar has been able to contextualise the minefield of information that is available online and often forms the basis of our understanding. Discussions around the true risks from undeployed airbags, electric vehicles and ultra-high strength steels served to empower learners with true and factual information. Indeed thanks to our partners Nissan, learners were able to test drive a ‘Leaf’ EV and get first hand technical information direct from the manufacturer.

“Outstanding professional instruction”

Despite not being part of the SFJ Level 3 Award, the RTCi Course also includes an introduction to dealing with large goods vehicles (LGV’s) and covered initial approach, stability, vehicle systems, establishing a safe working area and patient extrication. This is an area where operational staff and instructors have a genuine need for knowledge and the session serves as an introduction to our full heavy vehicle operative course coming later in 2019.

“You have given me passion to improve my training and the people I teach”

The course included a one day Trauma CPD event delivered by St Georges University and Prometheus Medical. Topics covered included paediatric trauma, pelvic trauma, spinal care and trauma induced coagulopathy and the inclusion of SIMBODIES (ultra-realistic manikins) provided an enhanced experience for our learners as they were able to ‘practice’ medical interventions like never before. Although firefighters will never perform ‘needle decompression’ use an ‘interosseous pin’ or perform a ‘rapid sequence induction’, having knowledge of these interventions provided our learners with a greater understanding of clinical requirements on scene and as a consequence, allow them to plan extrications more efficiently.

“Instructors offered help and guidance which is above and beyond their duties”

The inclusion of a fantastic presentation by Gloucestershire Police Accident Investigation Unit, a visit to Jaguar Land Rover to cut brand new vehicles and of course the obligatory ‘end of course’ curry, made the nine days an unequivocal success.

We would like to thank our learners who came from the UK, IOM, the Falkland Islands and even Australia, for their passion and enthusiasm throughout the course and for their very valuable and complimentary feedback.   


Our next course will be running from the 9 - 19 August. To book your place, please click here.


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