London Fire Brigade officers enrol on GCU London programme

14 September 2016

The programme will help the development of London Fire Brigade officers.

The programme will help the development of London Fire Brigade officers.

One of the largest firefighting and rescue organisations in the world is sponsoring its officers through a specialist GCU London programme.

London Fire Brigade officers are studying on the three-year part-time BEng (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering programme.

The programme brings together the disciplines of fire science, structural fire protection and evacuation analysis in the context of performance-based fire-safety design and fire-risk assessment.

The aim is to allow designers to develop, and regulators to evaluate, complex building solutions that provide an acceptable level of fire safety.

Tony Kilpatrick, Head of Department of Construction and Surveying, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “We are delighted to have worked with London Fire Brigade to launch the programme at GCU London.

“There is a critical need for accessible educational provision for practitioners and this programme builds on 25 years of experience at GCU. The support of London Fire Brigade has been key and I look forward to working with them on other initiatives.”

A spokesperson from London Fire Brigade said: “We welcomed the creation of a new London-based fire-engineering degree. We are also pleased that the Institution of Fire Engineers has accredited this part-time course.

“Professional registration of our fire engineers is an important part of their development process and we look for accredited courses to support their future applications. We look forward to continuing to work with GCU in the future to upskill our officers and deliver continuous improvements in the service we provide Londoners.”