£60k fire play ‘worth every penny’
A play designed to help firefighters accept modernisation in the fire service has been hailed a success by fire bosses.
The dramatised role-play session, which got a cold reception from fire fighters when it was put on at Cambridge’s Parkside fire station in July, has been used as part of a training initiative to keep staff up to date on developments in the service.
The session, put on by professional training group Dramanon, featured conversations between two firefighter characters about changes including greater emphasis on fire safety and community work.
Now the dramatisation, which cost around £60,000 to develop and show to 750 employees at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue, has been hailed as anexample of good innovation by a government watchdog.
And fire bosses in the county say the money will be recouped as other fire authorities in pay to use the training package.
Maurice Moore, head of personal and organisational development, said: “At times when money is tight, anything that is self-financing is a real bonus for council taxpayers, and now other counties want to jump aboard and Dramanon will pay us a percentage, which should cover all our costs.”
He also said the 20-minute play had helped change attitudes within theservice.
Cambridge Evening News