Fire Safety TRAINING

Fire safety training protects employees, visitors and residents and ensures the integrity of the workplace. It is also a legal obligation. There were more than 19,000 fires in UK workplaces in 2013, killing eight people and injuring 1,100. Fire also causes serious disruption to businesses - as a result of these fires, many businesses did not survive. Fire safety legislation is enforced in Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes by Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is pleased to announce that, from 29 August 2014, its Industrial and Commercial training Unit (ICTU) has been transferred to a private company established by two of its former employees.

This exciting new opportunity has enabled the ICTU to "spin out" from the fire and rescue service and be delivered through a new company owned and operated by the two employees who have been employed in the running of the ICTU for the past 16 years. 

Paul Holland, Head of Operational Training, said: “This opportunity has been possible due to the positive engagement and consultation with our employees once it had been decided to stop providing industrial and commercial training in-house. We listened to our employees and worked with them to create this exciting opportunity. 

"If any employees come forward with ideas for how parts of our service can be operated more effectively and provide better value for money or improved service to the public of Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes, we are keen to listen.

"The new business will continue to deliver the same high quality training to existing customers and has the full backing and support of Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service. Customers can be assured that any existing bookings will be honoured and will be delivered by the same high quality instructors."

It is believed that Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is the first service in the country to “spin out” part of its service to its employees using powers under the Localism Act 2011 and the Community Right to Challenge (Fire and Rescue Authorities and Rejection of Expressions of Interest) (England) Regulations 2012.