West Midlands Fire Service is playing a role in the development of two new innovative degree courses which were officially launched earlier this week by the University of Wolverhampton.

Following the launch of the BSc Fire and Rescue course in September 2011, firefighters and senior officers from West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) have continued to share their knowledge and expertise with academics and professionals which has culminated in the development of two new higher degrees, an MSc Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response and a unique Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents.

The two qualifications are designed for people working in the emergency services, transport sector and local authorities, or those seeking careers in these areas, and will be delivered by the University's School of Health and Wellbeing from April 2012.

Vij Randeniya, Chief Fire Officer at WMFS, attended a special launch event at the University's Science Park Technology Centre on Glaisher Drive yesterday. He was joined by chief officers from other blue light services across the region who have also made a significant contribution to the course.

Speaking about the course, Vij said: "I am delighted to be working in partnership with Wolverhampton University and to see the commitment they have shown to developing professional qualifications within the emergency services field.

"The modern day pressures of effectively planning and responding to a wide range of civil incidents and emergencies demonstrates the need for a highly skilled workforce, and I am confident that these degree courses will play a vital role in shaping the emergency services personnel of the future."


Posted March 1st, 2012 at 0840 by Andrew. Comment by emailing: andrew.lynch@pavpub.com