The Firefighter Mentoring Programme: SFL's Director of Emergency Services and MOD John Roylance talks about how the company works with FRSs 'on the ground' as part of their developmental programming.(Operational Assurance)(fire and rescue services)


partnership with a large number of UK FRSs since 2004, delivering developmental programmes across the role spectrum, from crew manager to chief fire officer. One of SFL's unique points is our policy of arranging for our coaches and directors to spend valuable time in the FRS environment, most recently with Merseyside FRS, shadowing watches and taking part in realistic training such as breathing apparatus and fire behaviour, water rescue and RTC exercises, in addition to being exposed to HQ, training and support functions. This exposure allows a greater understanding of the challenges faced by FRS personnel, both in operational and supporting roles, and in addition has given an insight into both the strengths and areas for development of those we have met.

Having been approached by Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service initially, SFL began to look at the feasibility of putting together a programme that would bring out the best in their experienced firefighters. …

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