Dräger partners with the Fire Service College

From L to R: Ted O’Brien, Director of Product, The Fire Service College; Hanna Salminen, Marketing Director, Draeger Safety UK Ltd; Matthew Bedford, Managing Director, Draeger Safety UK Ltd; Dominik Wellmann, Managing Director, The Fire Service College; Liz Millward, Marketing Manager Emergency and Rescue Services, Draeger Safety UK Ltd; John Boswell, Delivery Team Leader, The Fire Service College; and Malcolm Thomas, Operations Director, The Fire Service College.

Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, has announced a new partnership with the Capita owned Fire Service College (FSC). Together furthering technical innovation through the optimisation of SCBA product development, firefighter training and communications.

The FSC delivers training to all UK fire and rescue teams, as well as defence, national resilience and critical national infrastructure, and is recognised as an international leader with delegates from across the globe regularly utilising its expertise and facilities. Located on a 320-acre former Royal Air Force airfield, more than 7000 delegates a year train using every scenario imaginable across domestic and industrial buildings, a ship, aircraft, motorway, train set/station and high-rise buildings – all of which are used for real fire and rescue scenarios on a daily basis. The FSC puts a strong emphasis on interoperability and large-scale exercises.

Dräger’s relationship with the FSC spans more than three decades, and includes the provision of SCBA sets supported by bespoke training. FSC instructors are in an ideal position to provide feedback that supports product development, and to act as product ambassadors to demonstrate the manufacturer’s commitment to firefighter safety.

As part of the new partnership, Dräger will provide the new PSS® AirBoss Connect SCBA kits, including telemetry, face masks, communications and cylinders. And in reinvigorating the relationship there will be further joint activities to ensure delegates are provided with the latest developments and industry insight.

Dominik Wellmann, MD of the FSC, says, “A key part of our responsibilities as a world-leading provider of emergency services training is investing in state-of-the-art kit that delivers optimum safety to all of our delegates. As the global leader in fire safety equipment, we recognise Dräger as the ideal partner to support this goal.”

For Dräger, Matthew Bedford, Managing Director Sales and Service, says the partnership provides an unrivalled opportunity to align the business to a global frontrunner in firefighter training and safety. He said, “We’re very pleased to see the new AirBoss SCBA being utilised at the FSC and look forward to receiving feedback. The partnership enables us to support our industry and learn from it. It’s an invaluable long-standing relationship from which everyone wins.”