New “Emergency Management” diploma launched


A NEW diploma is being launched to train professionals in emergency management and emergency reputation management.

The diploma has been designed by FIOR, a security, fire safety and incident response consultancy headed up by a former police and fire chiefs.

It is designed to train managers to lead in critical and highly pressured situations in the vein of the Clutha helicopter crash, the Ebola outbreak or the fire at the Glasgow School of Art.

The diploma in Integrated Emergency Management has been recognised by Stirling University and provides 22 weeks of tuition from industry leaders which supports industry trade-craft with academic theory.

The diploma will teach industry leaders to deal with emergency situations
The diploma will teach industry leaders to deal with emergency situations


Joe Holden, co-founder of FIOR and retired Chief Superintendent for the Head of Operational Policing with Central Scotland Police said: “This experience means we are able to provide companies and organisations with realistic and tested tools, training and guidance to help their people to control the inevitable crises that will occur and prevent a potential disaster in regards to people safety, reputation and business continuity.”

“There are differences between being a manager and a leader. How an individual responds with the ‘golden hour’ at the start of a critical incident can make the difference between preventing a crisis becoming a disaster.”

FIOR successfully piloted the diploma last year with eight students from across the public and private sectors.

The diploma will include a residential three-day residential scenario training exercise and can also contribute to an MSc in Professional Learning and Leadership.


  1. As much as I look forward to the continued education and development of emergency management. The police should not be heading it up, this is not law enforcement, this is a very specialised knowledge that requires extensive education and it most certainly does not fall within their knowledge. This sounds like it will be another bastardised attempted at a program that is emergency response and law enforcement focussed as opposed to true emergency management and most certainly a waste of money and effort. We do not need another program stating that individuals have knowledge in emergency management when they will in fact not have that knowledge. Response is a very small part of emergency management and the least effective way as spending tax payers money, as for law enforcement, other than keeping the roads open and clear they have very little to do with real emergency management. Perhaps someone can yell terrorist and they can think about what to do.

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