Ever dreamed of being a firefighter? A new undergraduate degree has been launched to make dreams come true.
London students are now being given the chance to work toward an undergraduate degree in firefighting as a new course has launched to help people fulfil their ambition to work in the fire and rescue service.
The programme is be based at the University of Wolverhampton's London branch, in Harrow, and will give students everything they need to build a career for themselves.
They will be taught everything from how to operate successfully and efficiently during incidents to the principles of fire and accident prevention, which are all billed as essentials in the modern service.
Alongside the university, Artemis TDL will also be overseeing course, as they have for the past five years in the West Midlands and further support will come from Babcock, who will be providing venues for training in Harrow and Park Royal, where the majority of London's firefighters are trained.
"We deliberately designed the degree to give students the best possible grounding in today's fire and rescue service," said joint course director Mark Taylor. "Clearly, dealing with dangerous incidents and saving lives is still a massive part of the job, and therefore of the course.
"However, to be successful in their chosen career, candidates will also will also need to know about risk management, hazardous materials, crime scene investigation and much more.
"We believe being a firefighter is one of the best and most exciting jobs in the world."
Statistics published following a West Midlands Fire & Rescue recruitment drive saw firefighter rank as one of the most desirable jobs in the UK. In 2013, a whopping 5,000 people applied for 50 available positions within West Midlands Fire Service, showing just how highly the job is still regarded.
One student, Jonathan, is one of the 80% to graduate from the course, and he firmly believes in the benefits the course has offered.
"Throughout the degree I had excellent help from staff, who were always there for discussion regarding my assignments. They also helped connect me with the right people, which greatly helped my find a job," he said. "To succeed on this course takes 100% commitment from students, but that commitment is reciprocated by the course staff at every turn."
Interested students can attend a university open day at Harrow Fire Station, 500 Pinner Road, Harrow, HA5 5RW on Saturday March 21 from 10am-2pm where they can find out the basics of the course that begins in October.
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