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Fire Service College (permission visit) June 2013

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by Niterunner, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. Niterunner

    Niterunner 28DL Full Member
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    Jul 19, 2013
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    I'm not sure if this place has been covered before.

    A little history courtesy of the Wiki.

    RAF Moreton-in-Marsh was, as the home station of 21 Operational Training Unit, RAF Bomber Command responsible for the training of aircrew to fly Wellington bombers. The Station also flew operations, and sent aircraft on the large bomber raids on the German cities of Cologne, Dresden and Hamburg. The airbase remained operational until the late 1950s. The government then used the base to teach fire fighting to military personnel undergoing their National Service.

    The Home Office opened the College on the 500 acre site in 1968. The first students whilst having most of the facilities seen today had no proper accommodation and were bunked in large Nissen huts, which originally housed the RAF personnel when it was an operational airbase. The Staff College at Dorking was closed in 1981 and all training was transferred to Moreton.

    In April 1992, the College became an executive agency and trading fund under The Fire Service Trading Fund Order 1992. In June 2001, the responsibility for the College transferred from the Home Office to the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions and just one year later to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and then to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

    On 16 May 2009, fire broke out at one of the workshops in the college, destroying 11 fire engines at a cost of £116,000 each. The blaze was not suspicious.

    In April 2011 the Government announced it was studying different options for private investment in the College to allow it to achieve its full potential and in March 2012 it was concluded that the best option was full privatisation. In December 2012 Capita was selected as the preferred bidder and the sale was completed for £10 million on 28 February 2013.

    I was working for Capita at the time as we were the closest site with an IT presence we were asked to go and have look at where we could assist in supporting the College IT. The tour was totally unexpected so pictures are all from a moving car with a smartphone. There are full sized replicas of a motorway, airport buildings, railways, actual plane, simulated plane crashes and even a concrete ship!


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