Some interesting facts about our new real-fire training facility at Staffs Fire & Rescue HQ

Sandra Brookes

Our next interesting fact relates to Daniel Malbon and Bradley Bowker our JCB Academy apprentices.

We knew that the training facility would take a number of months to build and it seemed an ideal opportunity for engineering apprentices to be involved and to improve their qualifications at the same time. Dan & Brad were chosen and they worked on the project alongside our team from the start of the fabrication phase, spending one day a week each on the project over a 12 month period. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience and gained an NVQ – Level 2 in Fabrication and Welding along the way. Well done to them! We appreciate your hard work Dan and Brad!

They were invited to the official opening of the facility by HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex on 8th September 2017. It was a proud moment for them and for all of us at Less Co2 Limited.

This is what they and their Academy Apprentice Manager had to say about the project:

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience being involved with this project from the start to finish. Seeing the finished project has filled me with a sense of pride knowing I’ve helped construct the project and giving back to our community helping the fire service with this training facility. Also before this project myself, Matt and Brad didn’t know each other well at all but now I could honestly say from this experience I’ve made two really good friends.
Dan Malbon – JCB Apprentice


After being asked to be a part of constructing the multi-functional training complex by Matt Pope I wouldn’t have ever thought I was going to be on a project of this scale. Assisting with the training complex when we were working from two 20 foot shipping containers down at a small site in Cobridge to seeing the finished project is just crazy. All the time and effort from everybody involved has 100% been shown. I hope that everyone who is using the facility benefits from the training complex and can take their skills to the next level to provide for the community.
Bradley Bowker – JCB Apprentice


A project that has been a success story from the start to finish. Dan and Brad have both worked very hard on what is a unique opportunity that will stay with them forever.
Matt Haines – JCB Academy Apprentice Learner Manager

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