Incident Command

We deliver  four Skills for Justice accredited incident command courses:

– Initial (SfJ Level 3)
– Intermediate (SfJ Level 4)
– Advanced (SfJ Level 6)

– Strategic (SfJ Level7)

In addition we deliver the  Intermediate and Advanced Incident Command Reassessment and Re-qualification (ICRR) Course.

All our Skills for Justice accredited course comply with the latest National Operation Guidance

Who should attend?

The courses are designed to meet the needs of students no matter the level they’ve achieved in their career thus far.

The initial course is for newly-promoted crew managers or firefighters about to enter a Crew Managers  development programme. The intermediate course is for station managers (in role or in development), and watch managers.

The advanced course is for group managers and station managers, while the reassessment and re-qualification course is for already-competent station managers, group managers and area managers requiring a biennial incident command refresh and revalidation.



Course aims and learning outcomes

To develop students’ skills and understanding of the Incident Command System, enabling them to carry out the role of incident commander and sector commander.

The course meets the requirements of the National Occupation Standards WM7, and also satisfies those of Skills For Justice level 3 award in initial incident command in fire and rescue services.

Learning outcomes include:

– Understand the roles and responsibilities of incident command personnel, and the requirements for successful management of risk at operational incidents
– Understand the need for effective methods of communication
– Be able to plan for an initial response to an operational incident, and implement actions to meet planned objectives
– Be able to close down the operational phase of the incident, and conduct a debrief.


Course aims and learning outcomes

To develop students’ skills to enable them to carry out the role of incident commander at tactical level. The course meets the requirements of the National Occupation Standards (NOS) EFSM 2, and of the Skills For Justice Level 4 Award in Intermediate Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services.

– Understand the key roles within the incident command structure, and the principles of operational risk management and decision-making
– Understand communication systems available both at incidents and remotely
– Develop acute awareness of the benefits of interoperability with other agencies
– Be able to review and determine the status of operational incidents, implement action to support those on the ground, and mount a debrief.



Course aims and learning outcomes

To enable students to carry out the role of commander at the most serious incidents, operating at multi-agency silver level either on scene or remotely. The course meets the requirements of NOS EFSM 2, and those of the Skills For Justice Award Level 3 in Advanced Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services (QCF Level 6).

– Understand the principles of tactical decision-making and risk management when leading, monitoring and supporting people at operational incidents
– Be able to evaluate the status of an incident
– Be able to close down the operational phase in an incident and mount a debrief.

Future career progression and development

The next stage for students is the Strategic Incident Command Course, following a period of consolidation and experiential learning.



This is a workshop aimed at refreshing and reassessing skills of those already operating at intermediate or advanced levels. It meets the requirement of NOS EFSM 2, and satisfies Chief Fire Officers Association / National Fire Chiefs’ Council guidance that reassessment of command skills are undertaken at least every other year.

Methods of learning and assessment

Methods of learning on all courses (except the refresh and reassessment workshop) include classroom and one-one sessions, incident simulation, fireground exercises, case study analysis, and the establishment of a personal development plan to identify future areas of study.

Assessments consist of:

• Pre and post-coursework assignments
• Multi-choice questionnaires
• Assessed simulations
• Task based controlled assessments
• Written and verbal assessments.

The refresh and reassessment workshop comprises discussion on new guidance, reviews of case studies, and updates on national and local policy changes in a classroom environment. Tactical decision exercises and incident simulations will also be used.

Methods of assessment include pre-course assignments, multi-choice questionnaires, and assessed simulations.

Length of courses

  • Initial incident command – 45 hours
  • Intermediate – 45 hours
  • Advanced – 52 hours
  • ICRR Workshop – 21 hours, plus evening sessions if required.



Who should attend?

 Competent or developing Crew, Watch and Station Managers who are required to deliver incident command training and assessments for a range of FRS staff. Learners wishing to take the qualification must already hold a recognised training qualification, and have experience of delivering training.  Learners must also have a minimum of three years’ command experience, or demonstrate competence in a command role if less. Learners must also demonstrate a thorough understanding of the current frameworks, policies and environment that commanders are expected to operate within.

Course Aim

The course aim is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and deliver incident command training.  The qualification is aimed at incident command trainers for emergency services including: fire and rescue, police, military, ambulance and others.  It reflects the aim of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Program (JESIP) to standardise multi-agency command of incidents. However, it is written in such a way to enable individuality and focus on the needs of each specific service.

Course Learning Outcomes

 The course will satisfy the requirements Of SfJ Level 5 Award In Designing And Delivering Incident Command Training

Specifically, the course will deliver the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understand the wider context of incident command training
  2. Understand incident command training design
  3. Design and deliver incident command training

Total Qualification Time (TQT):  110 hours
Guided Learning Hours (GLH):  80

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Want to know more?

Contact course leaders Tony Prosser (07563615651; or Mark Taylor (07715 301278;