A University campus was transformed into an ‘emergency village’ to launch two innovative degrees that staff can apply to study. More than 25 emergency vehicles, including a helicopter and a boat, were at Wolverhampton Science Park on 28 February, when the two higher degrees were launched.
The University of Wolverhampton has developed an MSc in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response and a unique Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Passenger Transport Emergency Incidents.
University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, explained: “The courses are about working with professionals to develop their skills for the future. Because of the partnership working, the courses are at the cutting edge of delivery so that staff can be empowered to develop their skills.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, was one of the industry experts who have helped in their development.
Mr Marsh added: “We live and work in really challenging times and need to be able to deal with major emergencies whether they be terrorist related or a natural disaster. All of the emergency services, the other statutory agencies and voluntary sector need to be trained and equipped so that we can pull together when the need arises.“
Hobmoor Road Emergency Care Assistant, Lee Stevens, is one member of staff who has expressed an interest in doing the MSc course. He said: “Having already become a CBRN Practitioner, I was looking for further study that I could undertake and this course would undoubtedly help me develop my career.”
Central Television was on hand to record the launch event and filmed a number of WMAS staff.