Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

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 facilities.

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.

Training and Development AcademyThe 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:

  • Edexcel;
  • City & Guilds;
  • Chartered Management Institute;
  • Anglia Ruskin University;
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency;
  • Institute of Safety & Health;
  • National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health (N.E.B.O.S.H);
  • Health & Safety Executive;
  • Royal Yachting Association;
  • Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE);
  • First Person On Scene (FPOS);
  • Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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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 areas are:

  • Tactical Firefighting including Breathing Apparatus.
  • Operational Command.
  • 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 etc.

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.

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