Fire safety training to transfer to private company

Fri 15 Aug, 2014

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is pleased to announce that, from 29 August 2014, it intends for its Industrial and Commercial Training Unit (ICTU) to be transferred to a private company that two of its employees propose to establish.

This exciting new opportunity will enable the ICTU, which provides fire safety training to businesses, to "spin out" from the fire and rescue service. Training will 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, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service's 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.

He said the new business would continue to deliver the same high quality training to existing customers, and that it 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 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. 

See also: Fire Safety Training