ATD IC (I) 1: Initial Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services: Initial (ICL1 – Skills for Justice Level 3 Certificate)

SFJ Awards Level

SFJ Awards Level 3

Qualification Number


Course aims

To develop learners’ 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.

Who should attend?

Crew or Watch Managers in role or in development and firefighters identified with suitable potential for progression.

Learning outcomes

– 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

Length of course

The course will comprise 5 hours of pre-module study followed by a 5 day taught module comprising 36 hours of lectures, seminars, case studies and simulations. A post-module assignment will be expected to require a further 5 hours of study.

Future career progression and development

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