Retained firefighters as team leaders.(News)

Shropshire retained firefighters who have full time jobs outside the Fire Service have been given a unique opportunity to gain extra management qualifications

Shropshire Fire has joined a partnership with Telford College of Arts and Technology, the Learning Skills Council and Business Link West Mercia to deliver a flexible training scheme which fit around evening and weekend firefighter training commitments, said ACO Louise McKenzie.

"Wholetime firefighters have received leadership and management training for many years but it had been difficult to provide such development opportunities for managers working on the retained duty system.

"The service recognised this and entered into an exciting partnership to offer access to NVQ in Team Leadership. …

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