Training courses

Training courses

We specialise in training and development courses aimed at other emergency response providers, as well as commercial organisations, educational establishments and local businesses. We provide a range of courses and training solutions to suit the needs of your organisation.

Fire warden, fire safety and health & safety training courses

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 states organisations must provide staff fire safety training, and where appropriate, select fire wardens to receive additional training.

Ensuring that staff are fully trained in fire prevention and safety, as well as what to do in the event of a fire, will help protect business and ensure you comply with legislation.

We offer a comprehensive range of courses, tailored to your requirements, delivered at our headquarters in Cramlington, or on your own site for convenience. All courses have been developed, and are delivered, by professionally qualified trainers to deliver the highest-quality training.

What fire safety training courses are available?
We deliver a comprehensive selection of training courses, including:
  • fire warden/marshal
  • fire awareness (includes extinguisher training)
  • competent person (schools & residential care)
  • extinguisher training
  • evacuation chair operator
  • emergency response team training
  • fire risk assessment
Course delegates will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.
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Timetable for forthcoming courses

The timetable for forthcoming courses to be held at West Hartford Community Fire Station is shown below:
 

Date Course
Dates TBC - call or email for details Fire Warden Course
Dates TBC - call or email for details Fire Warden Refresher Course
Date TBC - call or email for details Competent Person Course
Date TBC - call or email for details Fire Risk Assessment Course

Availability
Additional courses will be scheduled according to demand. Please contact us if you would like to book onto any of these courses or arrange on-site training at your premises.
What our customers say:
  • "Our fire wardens are better prepared after attending the course." - Kilfrost, Haltwhistle
  • "The benefits of engaging with Northumberland Fire and Resuce Service have been numerous and valued." - SCA, Prudhoe
  • "The training course is one of the best that I have been on." - Aberwicke Care Home
Contact for fire safety training further information
If you would like to make an enquiry about fire safety training, please click here to complete our online form. Alternatively, please contact:
IOSH managing safely
All managers should have an understanding of their responsibilities when it comes to health and safety, in order to complete risk assessments and to comply with current legislation.

Ideal for managers/supervisors responsible for health and safety issues, and delivered by NEBOSH-qualified trainers, our managing safely course includes the following:
  • assessing risks
  • controlling risks
  • understanding responsibilities
  • understanding hazards
  • investigating incidents
  • measuring performance
  • protecting our environment
Timetable for forthcoming IOSH courses
Please contact us for further details.
Contact for further IOSH information
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Wildfire training courses

We have been delivering these courses in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Denmark for more than six years.

Our instructors have gained significant knowledge and experience from working with partners in Spain, France, Portugal, Greece, the USA and South Africa.

The training we deliver is suitable for all fire and rescue employees. It is also suitable for those working in land management that may be called upon to assist with wildfire suppressions and/or are involved in prescribed burning.

What types of wildfire training courses do you deliver?

We deliver two standard types of wildfire training courses:

  • a two-day wildfire suppression course at your premises

  • A five-day advanced wildfire suppression and wildfire incident management course held in Northumberland

We can also develop bespoke courses to meet your specific needs.

What topics do you cover during your wildfire training courses?
Our courses cover a number of important skills and concepts related to wildfire suppression operations and wildfire incident management.

The key topics covered during our training courses include:
  • wildfire terminology
  • understanding fire behaviour and fuels
  • understanding the wildfire environment
  • situational awareness
  • identifying risks at wildfire incidents
  • how to manage risks using specific safety protocols
  • wildfire prediction system
  • wildfire suppression tactics
  • suppression plans
  • incident command at wildfire incidents
  • field skills
  • opportunities and risks of suppressing wildfires at night
During our training courses, we also teach valuable transferable skills vital for all personnel required to operate at a wildfire incident, including:
  • map reading
  • navigation
  • navigation at night
What format do the wildfire training courses use?
We have developed a very successful training model which has proven success in multiple countries. One of the key reasons our courses are so successful is they are designed to include a variety of teaching methods, including:
  • theoretical classroom sessions
  • discussion of real life case studies
  • table top exercises to confirm understanding
  • practical sessions in the field – for instance, learning and practising field skills and map reading skills
During our five-day courses, we try to invite guest speakers who work outside of the fire and rescue sector to lead short sessions. They provide valuable insights on wildfires from the point of view of other stakeholders. 
Is there a proven track record for the training?
Yes, we have been delivering wildfire training courses for more than six years and are now recognised as the UK’s leading fire and rescue service for wildfire training and operational policy issues.

We have engaged extensively in partnership working at local, national and international levels to improve cooperation, understand and awareness.

Chief fire officer Paul Hedley is currently the lead officer for wildfire in the UK for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC). He also sits on the England and Wales Wildfire Forum (EWWF), a national strategic advisory body to UK fire and rescue services and rural agency partners.

 
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Driver training courses

Information on new courses is coming soon…

Road traffic collision training

Every year, we deliver a number of road traffic collision training courses to our staff and other emergency service organisations.

The theory and practical training we have developed covers a range of different scenarios and techniques to assist emergency service personnel in their day-to-day roles. The training teaches students to prioritise casualties and how to address a scenario safely, effectively and efficiently.

We have been successfully delivering training courses to North East Ambulance Service personnel for the past seven years. Currently, we run approximately four to five courses for them each year.

Can I achieve a qualification if I attend a road traffic collision training course?
We provide a certificate of attendance for the training courses and recommend a refresh course every three years for continual professional development.
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Hazardous materials training

We offer training in the recognition of, response to and management of incidents involving hazardous materials.

We adopted highly successful incident management systems designed to enhance safety and provide training courses to enable all emergency service agencies to successfully and safely resolve incidents.

The training we deliver is aimed at emergency responders (fire and rescue, ambulance and police) and industrial emergency teams.

Do the training courses adopt the latest operation guidance?
We were one of the first services in the country to adopt the latest operational guidance for dealing with hazardous materials incidents.

This means all of our training materials are current and follow the national guidance framework provided by chief fire and rescue advisors.
What hazmats training courses are provided?

Our trainers have developed a suite of modular training packages, outlined below. If required, these packages can be customised to meet your requirements.

Hazmat initial response
This covers incident indicators, hazardous material identification, hazardous area estimation and using the C.R.I.M.P methodology to determine the correct objectives:

  • appropriate cordons and zones
  • appropriate rescue risk assessment
  • substance identification methods
  • incident mitigation
  • post incident considerations

Decontamination
This helps with selecting the correct decontamination method and having procedures in place to ensure each method is carried out effectively:

  • understanding the terms ‘contamination’ and ‘exposure’
  • appropriate decontamination methods
  • decontamination zone size, set up and demarcation
  • levels of control required

Post incident
The new CFRA technical guidance has clearly stipulated FRS’s will have specific systems in place for dealing with:

  • contaminated PPE & equipment including packaging and labelling
  • disposal/decontamination
  • effective incident closure and handover
  • administration records of:
  • personnel present at incident
  • information received
  • risk assessment
  • mitigating actions
  • decontamination
  • exposure of personnel

Specific hazmat guidance
We have devised training sessions to give incident commanders risk critical additional information on specific hazardous materials (chemicals, asbestos, biohazards, gases, radiation) including:

  • recognition
  • effects
  • control methods
  • protection of personnel & public
  • radiation incidents

Relevant legislation

  • The Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004 section 7(2)d
  • Notification and Marking of Sites Regulations 1990 (NAMOS)
  • The Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (COMAH)
  • Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances
  • Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous Substances Regulations (NIHHS)
  • The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 came into force on 13 November 2006 (Asbestos Regulations – SI 2006/2739).
  • Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - The Health and Safety Dangerous Pathogens Regulations
  • Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999. 
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