Humberside Fire and Rescue Service pushes the envelope: Humberside Fire and Rescue Service's Modernisation and Harmonisation Officer Dave Paton outlines the service's revolutionary approach to training.(Risk Management)

ON JANUARY 11, 2008 IN A TOWN called Snaith in Humberside, momentous events were happening relating to the future well-being of the fire and rescue service.

At a ceremony at a pub in the town, every member of a local Retained Duty System fire station was presented with NVQ awards by Derek Johnson, the National Project Manager of the IPDS. The event--which was a first for any fire station in the UK, retained or wholetime--was witnessed by the Chair of the Humberside Fire Authority, the Mayor of Snaith, as well as senior members of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service. (The reason the ceremony took place in a pub was that the watch manager, Keith Lunn, is the chef).

Snaith is at the cutting edge of pioneering UK fire systems, and one reason for this is that it can be regarded as somewhat of an 'outpost'. The RDS station is 36 miles away from Humberside's headquarters, receives few emergency calls and is crewed by local people of different ages, who are from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. …

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