The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has launched a specialist crisis and emergency management centre to help organisations improve emergency preparedness and become more resilient.
UCLan PROTECT (Place for Resilient Organisations and Total Emergency Capability Training) was officially launched at the Emergency Services Show.
The programme provides a holistic approach to crisis and emergency management, offering bespoke short courses and consultancy services, including independent reviews, mentoring and expertise in relation to business continuity, cybercrime and counter terrorism.
Courses range from emergency plan preparation, incident and decision logging and responding to emergencies at strategic, tactical and operational levels in addition to incident command training, and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of an organisation.
More than 8,000 people attended the show at the NEC in Birmingham, where UCLan PROTECT was the official sponsor of the Lessons Learnt Theatre.
Guest speakers Scott McKinnon, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Tata Steel, and Dave Brown, former Deputy Commissioner and Director of Operations at London Fire Brigade addressed attendees over the course of the two-day show.
A VIP evening drinks reception was also held to mark the launch of the service, where representatives from organisations including British Steel Bahrain Petroleum Company (BAPCO), Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Tata Steel were present.
UCLan PROTECT has already been working with Tata Steel, Europe’s second largest producer of steel, supporting the company in developing capabilities and improving skills in emergency and crisis management.
Scott McKinnon, Head of Health, Safety and Environment at Tata Steel said: “We chose UCLan PROTECT to be our emergency management training provider and to date 200 people have benefitted from the training. The sustainability aspect of UCLan’s offer is key for us and the expertise is invaluable.
“Since partnering with UCLan, our emergency resilience has improved, we have gained vital knowledge about our own processes and made a number of changes as a result.”
Dr Lynne Livesey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCLan, said: “UCLan has a strong reputation for providing accredited degree programmes in the UK and internationally aimed at the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services, and been at the forefront of developing qualifications in this area. UCLan PROTECT has built on these foundations to offer a new, holistic approach to crisis and emergency management.”
Patrick Cunningham, Principal Consultant at UCLan PROTECT said: “We feel that the link between police, fire and rescue services and industrial concerns should be a lot stronger. By combining academic excellence with real practitioner experience and expertise, we can not only enrich the learning process but ultimately help to make the world a safer place.
“I encourage anyone interested in how UCLan PROTECT can support your organisation to get in touch to find out more.”