The Intercantonal Fire Service Training Centre was founded by building insurances of Basel-Landschaft and Solothurn and opened in autumn 2000. Since then, it has been supported by these two public service institutions. The fire service inspectorate of Solothurn and the fire service inspectorate of Beider Basel cooperate with the Intercantonal Fire Service Training Center on many fire service training courses. Fire services responsible for road or rail tunnels benefit from the cooperation with the International Fire Academy. The neighbouring canton of Jura also uses the training possibilities in Balsthal for its fire services.
From basic knowledge to operation command
The spectrum of cantonal courses at the Intercantonal Fire Service Training Centre starts with basic courses and ranges from group leader and officer courses to fire chief courses including the corresponding repetition courses. The cantons also train and further train instructors at the Intercantonal Fire Service Training Centre. For firefighters from fire services with the special task «Operations in National Road Tunnels» or «Operations on Railway Facilities» the courses of the International Fire Academy are used.
The fire service inspectorate Beider Basel is responsible for around 60 fire services with approximately 2 500 firefighters in the cantons of Basel-Landschaft and Basel-Stadt. The entire training offer has been EDUQUA certified since 2012. Linked to this are the four guiding principles that training must be safe, practical, simple and understandable and goal-oriented. The courses Basic Knowledge and Officer I were also awarded the FSCS Quality Label.
In the canton of Solothurn, there are 84 fire services with around 3 900 members. Quality control is also an important issue in the fire service inspectorate of Solothurn. In 2017, for example, the newly designed three-day training as a fire service instructor (course 31) was audited and awarded the FSCS Quality Label. The external expert review confirmed that the processes, course objectives and expectations of the participants correspond to the requirements of the FSCS label.
The realistic practice scenarios systematically cover the main challenges of deployments. They allow a variety of variations so that the challenges for the participants can be increased with each drill. The practical practice is in the foreground, but materials and rooms are also available for the transfer of knowledge according to modern standards.