FIRE AID meets students from the University of Central Lancashire

Mon 18, Jun, 2018

Julian Lopez is studying a BSc(Hons) in Fire and Leadership at the University of Central Lancashire and was one of the students selected to accompany FIRE AID member, Operation Florian on its two-week training programme in Zimbabwe.

FIRE AID caught up with Julian to ask him about his experience: “All in all this was a life-changing visit. It has given not only me but also the other students an insight into what life in Africa is and it makes you appreciate what you have a lot more. I am very grateful that the University offers and funds trips like these as it helps develop you not only as a student but as an individual as well”.

The University of Central Lancashire’s senior lecturer in Fire Safety Engineering, Shephard Ndlovu has co-ordinated the University’s involvement in the project for the last seven years. He said: “This partnership is a continuing venture for the charity and has proved to be very successful for all parties since 2012 more than 44 UCLan Students studying BEng (Hons) Fire Engineering, BSc (Hons) Fire and Leadership Studies, BSc (Hons) Fire Safety and Risk Management, FdSc Fire Safety Engineering have been involved in this project. Our students benefit from working on the job with experienced UK fire officers on something that has a direct impact on the work of the Zimbabwean fire services.”

Operation Florian continues to work in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire on their worthy project in Zimbabwe.