Indigeneous collaboration: Falck Prime Atlantic UK Fire Service College, kick off world-class firefighting training in Nigeria

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L-R: Director, Falck Prime Atlantic, Mrs. Folake Soyannwo, Ag. DCG Federal Fire Service Quintus G. Azogu and Head of International Training Development, Fire Service College United Kingdom Kevin Keeler during a press conference at Falck Prime Atlantic’s world-class training center in Ipara, Ogun State on Monday, on collaboration of Falck Prime Atlantic and world re-knowned Fire Service College of UK .

Falck Prime Atlantic (FPA), a subsidiary of Prime Atlantic  Limited, has kicked off an exciting collaboration with the world-renowned Fire Service College, UK, to deliver specialized firefighting training to the public and private sectors in Nigeria. This announcement was made public at a press conference held at Falck Prime Atlantic’s world-class training center in Ipara, Ogun State on Monday, June 10, 2019.

This collaboration has commenced with the training of Federal Fire Service personnel in the month of June 2019 on four different specialized courses including High Rise Fire Fighting Tactics, Casualty Care and Extrication, Fire Team Leader (JOIFF) and Fire Safety Management and Fire Risk Assessment. The aim of this training is to ensure that the Federal Fire Service is equipped with knowledge and technical skills required to deliver on their jobs.

This collaboration between Falck Prime Atlantic and the Fire Service College, UK, is atremendous feat because it means that trainings that would otherwise cost organizations much more to acquire in the U.K. will now be delivered in a fully residential training centre in Nigeria with the same international standards necessary to ensure effective knowledge transfer.

At press conference, which marked the start of the two-week training for officers of the Federal Fire Service, Ag. DCG Quintus G. Azogu, shared some highlights of the agenda in place to take the Federal Fire Service to the next level to ensure the safety of lives and property. He said that enhancing the knowledge and skills of firefighters was imperative, hence the emphasis on personnel training and re-training. He further stated that Falck Prime Atlantic was one of the best private firefighting training facilities in Nigeria with a reputation comparable to what obtains overseas. Azogu said that the collaboration between Falck Prime Atlantic and the Fire Service College, Moreton – in – Marsh, UK, has further strengthened the quality of the program as seasoned resource persons from the college are available to deliver some of the subjects at Falck Prime Atlantic’s training centre.

He also disclosed that the Federal Fire Service had made tremendous efforts to boost its staff strength, procure more firefighting equipment, and rejig the Fire Service Act and the National Fire Safety Code. He also disclosed the Controller General’s plans to engage state governments for improved service delivery of fire services in their respective jurisdictions, especially in the areas of recruitment, firefighting assets, and training.

Director, Falck Prime Atlantic, Mrs. Folake Soyannwo had this to say: ”This is yet another milestone we are very pleased with. Fire-related emergencies have become very rampant all over Nigeria, with very devastating consequences resulting in significant loss of lives and property. Supporting the response capabilities of our emergency responders through training and consultancy in-country, in collaboration with the Fire Service College, UK, which brings with it many years of experience in the area of fire fighter development, confirms our commitment to our promise of training locally to global standards.”

Head of International Training Development, Fire Service College had this to say: “We are delighted to be working with Falck Prime Atlantic to deliver a range of firefighting training (High Rise, Fire Team Leader, Fire Risk Assessment and first responder emergency care) to the Federal Fire Service. This will provide the basis for further collaboration in the delivery of high-quality training in Nigeria to both the public and private sector. The Fire Service College has a longstanding relationship with Nigeria and this collaboration is an important new development.”

Falck Prime Atlantic has once again blazed the trail with this collaboration and it is evident that by working with the Fire Service College, UK, it will impact both the public and private sectors (including the oil and gas manufacturing, construction, and FMCG industries).

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