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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

New training facility to receive royal seal of approval

01/09/2017

The Villa Training Centre
The Villa Training Centre

A unique new training facility at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Headquarters is set to be unveiled by royalty.

“We look forward to welcoming The Earl of Wessex to open the Villa; a fantastic addition to our training toolkit for existing and newly recruited firefighters."

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant

Earl of Wessex KG GCVO, will officially open the Villa Training Centre when he visits the Service on Friday September 8. HRH will be given a tour of the innovative complex of rooms, which will provide improved training opportunities and contribute to the safety of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents and firefighters.

From the outside the structure of metal containers looks unremarkable, but the labyrinth of rooms and stairways cleverly provides realistic environments to deliver the safest and highest quality training possible. This ensures firefighters are fully prepared to tackle current and emerging risks.

The Villa is a multi-functional space designed to provide training for firefighters in the following areas:

  • breathing apparatus
  • incident command training
  • positive pressure ventilation (PPV) and tactical ventilation
  • hazmat training (hazardous materials)
  • confined space training
  • search and rescue
  • high rise/bridgehead
  • working at height exercises
  • fire investigation training

The training facility will allow the Service and partners to meet the challenge of new nationally developed concepts in operational procedure and training for staff.

Becci Bryant, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We look forward to welcoming The Earl of Wessex to open the Villa; a fantastic addition to our training toolkit for existing and newly recruited firefighters.

“As the Service continues to transform we must ensure our training provisions keep in line with national procedures and guidelines.

“The Villa has been designed to support these changes, delivering improved and safer training for modern methods of firefighting. It will also minimise the cost implications of sourcing external training.”

The Earl will begin his visit by watching a hose demonstration by newly recruited firefighters, who are in week one of their training course. This will be followed by a tour of the Villa with an opportunity to watch a separate part of the villa filled with smoke and a demonstration of positive pressure ventilation (PPV) before the official unveiling of the plaque. Finally, HRH will watch a live sprinkler demonstration by the British Automatic Fire Sprinkler Association (BAFSA).