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Craig Parker

Craig Parker

CASE STUDY

19 Jul, 2017

Final Rank: Lance Corporal

Whilst on work placement during my resettlement and termination leave, prior to discharge from the army. I was advised to undertake a fire risk assessment course by my employer, and Vulcan Fire Training was the company recommended by them. With very helpful staff I enrolled onto the 5-day fire risk assessor course.

Feeling a little apprehensive, I attended the course in Warrington. The training staff were very helpful and extremely knowledgeable, making it much easier to learn given the fact that everything on the course was based around real situations that were experienced by the training team. The course itself was broken down into 2 parts, theory and practical, and the way in which it was taught made it very easy to take in so by the time it came to do the exam it seemed like second nature and everything fell into place.

I would most definitely recommend this course to anyone wishing to undertake fire training, the staff are extremely helpful, any queries I had were answered very quickly, the training staff draw upon their own experience, which proves very useful during the learning process, showing you why things are done the way they are done. Overall a very good and cost effective course, which I utilised as soon as I returned to work.

After completing the 5-day fire risk assessors course with Vulcan Fire Training in September 2016 I decided to complete the fire managers course. So, I signed up to the Managing Fire Safety 4 day course (which would complete the Fire Managers Course) and the Fire Manager Advanced Diploma. The Managing Fire Safety course was a bit more intense than the Fire Risk Assessors course, but the invaluable knowledge of the instructors (both of whom are retired Fire-Fighters) made it easy to take in and learn.

Using their knowledge and experience they brought the practical application of the information that was being given to myself and the other delegates enabling us all to understand more effectively how everything worked, and when to apply the knowledge we were acquiring.

After completing the Fire Safety Managers course, I had a week’s respite before attending the Advanced Diploma. I was initially apprehensive about going on the course, not just because of the increased workload required but also doubting my own abilities and experience in this area of safety. After my first day, my fears were laid to rest, the work load and exams, although mentally demanding were not beyond the achievable, and the knowledge retention from the previous courses I had attended was better than I had realised, more to do with the way we were taught rather than the little experience I had.

The instructors break every aspect down so rather than it sounding like you’re listening to the policeman stood in the dock giving evidence and talking in legal terms, it is given to you in such a way that you can easily understand, process and apply the knowledge to the job. The instructors are enthusiastic and dedicated to what they do which makes the ability to learn from them so much more fun and achievable. I doubt I would have passed the course if it wasn’t for their skill, approachability, and dedication to their job.

Many thanks to the staff at Vulcan Fire Training, Graham, Pauline, Rob and Jooles, without the help you have given me I would not have been able to complete, let alone pass, the course and it is more appreciated than you could imagine, thank you.

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