In a statement published today Fire Minister Bob Neill has asked for views on the future of the Fire Service College. He announced that the Government wants to explore options for a new ownership, operational and governance model for the College through greater involvement from other sectors, including voluntary organisations and the private sector. The Written Minsiterial Statement is available here: www.communities.gov.uk/statements/corporate/fireservicecollegefuture.
The College, located in Moreton-in the-Marsh, Gloucestershire is a leading provider of specialist training to the Fire and Rescue sector. However, the current Fire Service College ownership and business arrangements do not provide the flexibility necessary for the College to operate with sufficient commercial success and the Government is launching this exercise in order to inform its view of market appetite and viable options. The pre-market engagement document is available here: www.communities.gov.uk/publications/fire/fscpremarketengagement.
This will allow any interested parties to offer clear views on the future of the College, and the Department to assess the reaction of the market to the aim of delivering a new model for the Fire Service College. The Government’s preferred option for a Fire Service College of the future is a partnership between the public and private sectors with the fire sector playing a key role in that partnership. Whilst this is the preferred option, all options will be considered and any ideas on whether other arrangements may be more suitable are welcome.
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