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Emergency ‘Oscar’ for UCLan

06 November 2014

Rachel Atkinson

Fire academics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are celebrating winning an award at the inaugural ‘Oscars of the Emergency Services'.

Fire Team has scooped an Excellence in Fire and Emergency Award

Fire academics at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are celebrating winning an award at the inaugural ‘Oscars of the Emergency Services'.

The UCLan Fire Team scooped the Training Provider of the Year prize in the Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards.

The judges said: “The Division of Fire and Safety Engineering at the University of Central Lancashire has developed a leading position in the United Kingdom and overseas with respect to the delivery of taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Fire Safety Engineering, Management and leadership studies across Fire Safety Design, Fire Risk Management and Emergency Response.”

In securing this title the team was in competition with world recognised training providers such as Babcock International. UCLan was the only University to make the shortlist across six different categories.

Professor Gary Bond, Acting Head of the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, said: “The UCLan Fire Team has been recognised for their work in transferring learning, exceptional feedback and organisational improvements directly linked to training, innovation and best practice; at the Preston campus and also at partner institutions including the International College of Engineering, Oman and also City University of Hong Kong

“This is great recognition of their hard work and efforts and something of which they should all be very proud."

UCLan was also involved in the highly commended Operation Florian Project in Zimbabwe. This scheme saw second year UCLan students take part with funding from the International Travel Bursary.

Academics collected the award at a ceremony in London’s Caledonian Club.
The Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards are a celebration of innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology in the fire and emergency services. Commenting after the awards, Event Director Tony Greville said: “The inaugural Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards surpassed our expectations in all areas.
“We had more entries, more people at the lunch and more support for the event than we ever dreamed of. It has been fantastic the way the emergency industry has embraced this brand new event.”