5:21pm Friday 1st November 2013
By Alexa Copeland
FIRE officers celebrated the completion of their Fire Scene Investigation foundation degrees at a graduation ceremony at Teesside University.
The event marked the culmination of two years’ study by the officers who worked on modules including forensic awareness, fire scene photography, forensic reconstruction and fire scene investigation techniques.
As part of the course, the students took part in ‘live’ fire incidents and tested their newly acquired skills in realistic situations where they were able to investigate the causes of fires.
Lee Aspery, fire investigation manager for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), attended the ceremony with his hydrocarbon detection dog Scrappy.
He praised the achievements of the ten graduates and said: “This is the second cohort of students that has successfully completed this specialist foundation degree.
“In the short time that this course has been running it has gained a strong reputation for training of the highest standards.
“Understanding the cause of fires improves the safety of our communities and supports the work of the police should a prosecution be necessary.”
Susan Johnson, chief executive of CDDFRS, said it was a pleasure to present the graduates with their certificates.
Professor Liz Holey, pro-vice chancellor of Teesside University, added: “We have formed an outstanding partnership with the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and developed a high-quality foundation degree that is a superb example of the university and a major employer working together to develop the skills of a key group of professionals."
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