Member of Parliament for The Cotswolds – Geoffrey Clifton-Brown – visited the Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh on 9 March to gain insight into the level of progress of the college since the acquisition by Capita. The MP was joined by the Chair of the APPG for Fire Safety and Rescue, David Amess MP and the college’s Managing Director, Darren Bance.
The Fire Service College is a leading organisation for fire prevention and protection, providing assessed, accredited and assured fire and multi-service training for emergency service professionals globally. Not only is it a valuable national asset, it is also an incredibly important institution for the Cotswolds that provides vitally important employment opportunities in Moreton-in-Marsh and the surrounding area. Mr Clifton-Brown has continually supported the ongoing operation of the college and holds quarterly meetings with the management team to discuss the progress taking place at the institution.
Commenting after the visit the MP said:
‘The group were extremely impressed with what they saw and cannot believe that the Government has just arbitrarily withdrawn the National Resilience Capability contract. It was agreed the group would campaign for its return but also that the college should be awarded the major defence fire training contract. I will be seeking to lead the debate on this subject in Parliament.’
Photo: Front row: Managing Director Darren Bance, David Amess MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Sumari Duval and members attending a Brigade Leaders course
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