Training and Development Academy (TDA)
The TDA offers a wide and diverse range of training from initial trainee
programmes for both wholetime and retained personnel and induction courses for
support staff to pre-retirement courses.
At the TDA we boast facilities to rival those of any Fire and Rescue Service in
the country and indeed any training facility, anywhere, including conference and
teaching rooms and a 60-seat lecture theatre, all with fully interactive IT
The fire training house was one of the first purpose-built breathing apparatus
training venues in the country and to this day provides an excellent facility
enabling firefighters to train with live fire scenarios. The practical training
facilities also include a state-of-the-art, realistic fire training building and
a wide range of outdoor training facilities.
The recent additions of a trench rescue simulator, confined space tunnels,
search and rescue dog training area and Urban Search And Resacue (USAR) rig provide comprehensive
facilities to train people from within the Fire and Rescue Service and colleagues
from other emergency services in the very latest search and rescue techniques.
We are confident that we have the facilities and the expertise to provide
realistic training for the wide variety of incidents firefighters may be
expected to attend.
We are proud of our ability to offer high quality training to the commercial
sector in fire and emergency-related preparedness. This training helps our
customers to plan and prepare and helps their business continuity.
Our teaching and conference facilities can be used by partner organisations and
commercial customers alike. We work closely with all MF&RS youth engagement
programmes, offering a wide range of activities which provide stimulating and
rewarding activities for young people from all social backgrounds.
Many of the programmes delivered at the TDA are underpinned by formal awarding
bodies and in order to achieve this we work in partnership to deliver a wide
variety of qualifications with the following:
- City & Guilds;
- Chartered Management Institute;
- Anglia Ruskin University;
- Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
- Institute of Safety & Health;
- National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health
- Health & Safety Executive;
- Royal Yachting Association;
- Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE);
- First Person On Scene (FPOS);
- Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).
For further information about the range of courses offered commercially visit
Operational training for firefighters and officers falls into five broad
categories and the staff at the TDA design and deliver initial and refresher
training in these areas across our operational response workforce.
The five main
- Tactical Firefighting including Breathing Apparatus.
- Technical Rescue.
- Responding to Emergencies.
- Induction Training.
Tactical Firefighting training includes Breathing Apparatus initial and
refresher programmes, Fire Behaviour and Tactical Ventilation training, and
specialist firefighting techniques such as fires in high rise buildings, tunnels
Operational Command concentrates primarily on developing officers in the
Command and Control of Incidents. It is also used for the assessment of
competence of officers and the assessment of potential new officers. Other work
streams include the co-ordination and assessment of Service-wide exercises,
working with external organisations to participate in exercises on various sites
across Merseyside and beyond. As well as providing training for response to
incidents involving hazardous materials.
Technical Rescue activity includes the
design and delivery of training programmes for road traffic collisions, rope
access and working at height, water training, first aid and trauma care, USAR as
well as organising exercises to test these procedures.
Responding to Emergencies
involves Emergency Response Driver Training and High Speed Driver Training
and the operation of specialist appliances programmes are delivered to all
operational staff who respond to emergencies in any of the many vehicles and
appliances used by the Service.
Induction Training involves ensuring that all
employees and volunteers engaged with MF&RS have the correct training and
development to be safe and effective in their role. This can range from a short
health and safety induction for new entrants, to a full forty-week development
programme for newly recruited trainee firefighters. Also included are various
courses designed to develop individuals to either take up a new role or develop
in an existing one as they progress their careers. Many of these programmes can
result in formal qualifications.
Training programmes are regularly reviewed and
assessed against new national and local guidance. This review is coupled to any
training needs identified as a result of internal audit of operational processes
and any other research findings.