The Hydra suite at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) was opened by Chief Constable Steve Finnigan on 2nd December 2014. The suite consists of 5 Syndicate Rooms, Plenary Room and Control Room in a purpose built, state-of-the-art simulation suite. The training suite is the most sophisticated university installation in the country and one of the very few in UK universities to mirror the specification and complexity of the most advanced systems used by police forces and other emergency services across the UK and abroad.
Including hardware and software the University has invested £360,000 in the facility which incorporates a control centre, a major incident conference room together with additional rooms for student teams to develop and direct incident strategy, tactics and operations. Emergency scenarios could range from twenty minutes to several days and between one and thirty students can use the facility at any given time.
Students from the School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences following policing-related and other emergency services courses will be the major users of the new facility although it has clear applications for students studying programmes as diverse as psychology and business.
For further detail > Opening of UCLan Hydra Suite