University training of senior fire brigade officers. The new approach in Sweden

Göran Holmstedt, Robert Jönsson, Sven Erik Magnusson, Ove Pettersson

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In Sweden a fundamental development has recently taken place in the training of future senior fire brigade officers. There are two main changes: the training period has been substantially increased and the theoretical part upgraded to university curriculum level with final requirements corresponding to a university undergraduate degree. The new educational system reflects the changing and expanding role of fire brigades and the need for a professionally improved leadership. To put the new training system into a proper context, the varied and dissimilar responsibilities of a Swedish fire brigade officer should be touched upon. Four main sectors are identified: business administration, fire prevention, training of employed staff and rescue service operations. The main structure of the training system and the university curriculum are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-101
JournalFire Safety Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1989

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Building Technologies


  • Fire Protection
  • Building Codes
  • Management
  • Personnel--Education


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