The South West Command Development Centre (SWCDC) at Lansdown near Bath, is a high-tech centre for command training and incident simulation.
The centre's main functions are command training, assessment, and personal development, visual and audio production. It can also be used as a conference centre.
Personal development is carried out within a safe learning environment, using a full range of command simulation tools.
These include 'Minerva real-time incident simulations', which are designed to provide Incident Commanders and their teams with safe training as close to a real emergency as possible, and 'Hydra decision and rationale logging tools'.
This system allows any decision making subject to be explored and provides pupils with learning scenarios focusing on decision making skills. Tailored classroom based presentations and discussion forums are also held.
The SWCDC has a wide range of briefing, interview, examination, presentation and group discussion rooms available with full multimedia facilities. Fully trained staff, including an occupational psychologist, can assist in planning and running assessment and development events.
The centre houses a comprehensive design, development and production suite. This enables monitoring and recording of training and events as well as the production of videos, CD ROMs, DVDs and interactive multimedia packages.
SWCDC has also been designed to be used as a comprehensive and flexible conference venue, providing a wide range of facilities from syndicate and meeting rooms, to a 90-seat conference centre.
All rooms are equipped with IT equipment including Smartboard projection systems for presentations. Catering can be provided to suit all needs and there is onsite parking for 60 vehicles.