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Capita plc announces that it has been recommended by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) as preferred bidder for the acquisition of the Fire Service College.
Andy Parker, joint chief operating officer at Capita, said: “The FSC provides training to all of the UK fire and rescue services, to a number of other government agencies, such as the Environment Agency and Highways Agency and, from the college, to overseas customers. The acquisition further expands and complements Capita’s existing capability in the emergency services market. Our aim is to develop the College into a leading edge training facility that can showcase new technology, and to expand both the range of training available to the fire service, other emergency services and into related markets, such as defence and oil and gas.
“Our transformation and development programme will re-affirm the college’s position as not only a UK centre for national resilience and interoperability training but also its emergence as a world class organisation. Over the next 10 years we anticipate growing the FSC, which currently generates annual revenues of approximately £17m, to an organisation capable of generating total revenues in excess of £200m in that period.”
CFOA National Resilience Ltd and TQ, part of the Pearson Group, will be key partners in Capita’s transformation process of the college.
Capita said that it fully recognised the important role that the college played in the local community and that it intended to deliver socio-economic value in the region through new jobs created directly at the college and in the local supply chain as a consequence of infrastructure investments.
The Fire Service College (FSC), the largest single provider of specialist operational fire and rescue training in the UK, occupies a 360 acre site in Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire.