Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

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Byline: By Will Sutton Evening Gazette

Disasters tend to be hard things to manage.

It's all those explosions, floods and tornadoes that put people off.

But Teesside University is giving you the chance to tackle "hell and high water" with a degree in Disaster Management.

The course started last year and does exactly what it says on the tin.

You learn how to deal with disasters caused by anything from flooding to terrorism.

The course has already attracted firefighters, paramedics and an ex-Marine along with the typical 18-year-old college leavers.

Course leader, Steve Bloomer, says: "We teach the students survival techniques, international studies and search and rescue.

"There is also a chance to learn how to organise relief missions and one of our staff has worked in refugee camps in Iraq.

"Some parts of the course look at things like dirty bombs and emergency planning to deal with terrorist activities.

"We even went as far as contacting the FBI and we got a letter of support from them. …

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