The college is being planned by Qatar Petroleum, Texas A&M University and the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science & Community Development.

The 30-month contract covers the construction of a college that will provide training facilities for firefighters and other emergency services. It will become one of only three such facilities in the world – the other two are in Singapore and the UK.

Tebodin of the Netherlands will carry out detailed engineering services on the college. The US’ URS Corporation carried out initial consultancy services.

Once completed, the college will be able to provide centralised emergency response systems, standardised emergency response equipment and international-standard training programmes.

The college itself will be managed by Texas Engineering Extension Services, part of Texas A&M.