During the first week of training at the college in September, 25 firefighters from the Army, Defence Fire and Rescue, and Capita Fire and Rescue successfully completed Fire Trainer Extinguisher Maintenance courses and Defence Training Supervisor courses.

The first cohort of Defence firefighters recently successfully completed training at the Fire Service College, in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, under the terms of a contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver a Defence Fire and Rescue Project.

As part of the contract, Capita is responsible for training all Defence firefighters and is investing in and modernising the MOD’s fire and rescue capability.

The company is transferring centralised fire and rescue training from the Defence Fire Training and Development Centre (DFTDC) in Manston to the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.

Capita Fire and Rescue has invested in modern firefighting training courses at the college. It is also constructing new facilities at the site, in a £5m build, which will deliver a new fire station and training rigs, while a new purpose-built accommodation block will meet the safeguarding needs of junior trainees. Courses will also utilise virtual reality equipment to safely simulate challenging firefighting environments.

Jason Clay, MD for Capita Fire and Rescue, said, “Close collaboration with our construction partners and the MOD ensured this capability-enhancing project has remained on track, despite the significant challenges posed by Covid-19.

“Capita’s investment in the Fire Service College and the training programmes on offer to Defence firefighters are creating better fire risk outcomes for our client, our MOD customers and our own Capita Fire and Rescue colleagues.”

It is estimated that by 2021, approximately 1,700 military and civilian firefighters will be trained each year at the Fire Service College or by instructors from the college at military bases around the UK.