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Emergencies: Planning

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what consideration has been given to potential (a) enhancement of multi-agency response resilience and (b) financial efficiencies, from combining the training offered by location of the Fire Service College and the Emergency Planning College on one site. (160647)

Traditionally the Fire Service College has focused on specialist training for the Fire and Rescue Service at the operational (bronze) and tactical (silver) levels. With the need to develop and enhance national resilience the college has undergone a period of considerable change and there is now more focus on command and control of major incidents and on the exposure of Fire and Rescue Staff to multi agency working at the strategic (gold) level.

We have invested significantly in new training facilities and student accommodation at the Fire Service College and it has a large and unique incident ground which would readily support multi-agency working. There is already a degree of co-operation with the Emergency Planning College and, with closer collaboration having the potential to enhance the multi agency approach to large scale operational exercises and strengthen national resilience, the options for more joint working are being actively explored.