Request a place Multi-Agency Strategic CBRN Command Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: 3 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Start/finish time: Start time: 08:30 hrs
    Finish time for final day: 16:00 hrs

    Please note that there are evening sessions built into this programme.
  • Course notes: The course is a competency based pass/fail course for Police, Fire and Ambulance delegates.

This course is owned and delivered by the College of Policing in partnership with NARU

To develop the knowledge and ability to perform the role of Strategic Commander, by planning, implementing and reviewing multi-agency strategy, to ensure the resolution of a CBRN terrorist incident.

Course overview

To develop the knowledge and ability to perform the role of the Strategic Commander, by planning, implementing and reviewing multi-agency strategy, to ensure the resolution of a CBRN terrorist incident.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, delegates will be able to:

1.0 Outline the current threat from terrorism to the UK:

1.1 Identify the distinct types of terrorist groups that pose a threat to the UK.
1.2 Explain the terrorist groups’ intent to carry out the threat to the UK.
1.3 Discuss the capabilities of terrorist groups and the implications for the UK.
1.4 Explain the core motivating factors of terrorists and terrorists groups.

2.0 Operate as the Strategic Commander in relation to the emergency management of CBRN incidents:

2.1 Operate as the Strategic CBRN Commander within the COBR/Strategic/Tactical/Operational Command structure.
2.2 Utilise the available structures which support the Strategic function in terms of the delivery of scientific and operational support.
2.3 Make appropriate and timely decisions during all phases of a CBRN incident, having due regard to partner agency needs to promote the saving of life and appropriate mobilisation of resources.
2.4 Create, implement and review an appropriate Strategic strategy with clearly defined parameters, within which Tactical can develop and deliver appropriate tactics, having due regard for partner agency needs.
2.5 Effect and communicate appropriate and timely decisions in order to develop and review the Strategic strategy and parameters to meet changing circumstances as a CBRN incident evolves, having due regard to partner agency needs.
2.6 Effect appropriate decisions in relation to both the crisis and consequences of a CBRN incident, having particular regards to issues around post-incident recovery.
2.7 Consider the impact that implementing this strategy will have on Tactical Commanders and other Agencies.

3.0 Appraise the roles and responsibilities of strategic partners involved in the emergency management of a CBRN incident, within where appropriate, the context of the Strategic Coordination Group (SGC). These agencies include:

  • Blue Light partners
  • Elements of the Technical Response Force (TRF)
  • Other military agencies
  • Other relevant agencies such as the Environment Agency and Local Authorities

3.1 Define the role and responsibilities of strategic partners involved in the emergency management of a CBRN incident. These agencies include:

  • Blue Light partners
  • Elements of the Technical Response Force
  • Other military agencies
  • Other relevant agencies such as the Environment Agency and Local Authorities

3.2 Define the requirements and processes which relate to invocation of Military Aid.
3.3 Assess the likely impact of the invocation on Military Aid to the management of a CBRN incident.
3.4 Make appropriate decisions with due regard to strategic partners.

4.0 Assess the resourcing implications which impact on the emergency management of a CBRN incident.

4.1 Assess the level of resources which your agency and partner agencies require to deal effectively with a CBRN incident.
4.2 Assess the level of resources actually available to your agency and those of your partners to deal with a CBRN incident.
4.3 Apply the timescales involved in filling the gap between resource need and availability.
4.4 Assess the implications for your agency and that of partners of under-or-over resourcing a CBRN incident.
4.5 Explain the role of PNICC and SPICC within an evolving CBRN incident.

5.0 Consider the legal and procedural considerations and implications which relate to decisions made in the command and control of a CBRN incident.

5.1 Create and maintain appropriate records of decisions made and the supporting rationale behind those decisions.
5.2 Identify the different post-incident enquiries at which these decisions are likely to be examined.

6.0 Demonstrate the ability to create and deliver appropriate messages to warn and inform the public in relation to a CBRN event having due regard to the needs of your, and partner, agencies.

6.1 The creation and maintenance of appropriate records of decisions made and the supporting rationale behind those decisions.

This course is aligned to the following NHS Commissioning Board Core Standards for EPRR which will assist Ambulance Trusts in meeting these standards by providing relevant educational modules:  

UNIT UNIT DESCRIPTION
9.1 Refer to the National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance 2012 and any other relevant ambulance specific guidance relating to major incidents
9.10 Make sure all commanders maintain a continuous personal development portfolio
9.34 List their key strategic, tactical and operational responsibilities as set out in the NHS Emergency Planning Guidance 2005 (or subsequent relevant guidance)

Intended Audience

The course is aimed at experienced Strategic Commanders from Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services.

Additional Participants: Scientific Authority, Department of Health and MOD.

The activities and the topics to be covered will be incorporated into a practical scenario supported by Vector Command IT interactive scenario system & other audio/visual resources. Operational scenario strategic management and group work/discussions, guided and facilitated by the Directing Staff, will be the preferred learning technique.

Eligibility Criteria

The course is aimed at those officers/staff who will perform a strategic  CBRN command role, i.e. Ambulance Operational Strategic Managers.

Other Requirements

  • MUST be a substantive Strategic Commander
  • All attendees must be vetted to SC level
  • Delegates should have experience in/understanding of the following:
  • Major incident procedures/management
  • Own organisation CBRN policies
  • Relative publications, e.g.
    • CT Contingency Planning Guidance—December 2011
    • ACPO (2010) Guidance on the Police Tactical Management of CBRN Events
    • Strategic National Guidance – THE DECONTAMINATION OF PEOPLE EXPOSED TO CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL, RADIOLOGICAL OR NUCLEAR (CBRN) SUBSTANCES OR MATERIAL (2nd Edition, Home Office May 2004)
    • For candidates from Scotland, the Scottish equivalent is ‘The Scottish Government – GUIDANCE FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES ON DECONTAMINATION OF PEOPLE EXPOSED TO HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL, BIOLOGICAL OR RADIOLOGICAL SUBSTANCES (Version 3 June 2008)

 

Methods of Delivery

Assessment comprises of:

Practical simulated exercise using an interactive IT system

During the course delegates will be required to become involved in the strategic management of a CBRN incident. This exercise forms the assessment element of the course.

 

Course Location

Police National CBRN Centre (PNCBRNC), Leamington Road, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3EN

Accommodation

Please note all attendees have to source and pay for their accommodation for the duration of the course.  Lunch will be provided.

This information will be included in your joining instructions, which will be sent to delegates, from the Police National CBRN Centre (PNCBRNC), 8 weeks prior to the course start.

Pre-read Downloads

Submission of an appropriate plan demonstrating the candidate’s involvement in a multi-agency operation will be required. Full details of which will be sent to delegates, from the Police National CBRN Centre (PNCBRNC), 8 weeks prior to the course start.

Request a place on this course today

3 – 5 Oct 2017 This course is now full

If you are interested in this course, in the first instance, please contact your Trust Resilience Lead.

Prior to acceptance on this course, you will be required to sign a disclaimer confirming that you meet all the specification criteria and are in possession of valid SC level clearance.

If you are interested in attending any of the above dates for this course, please ask your Trust Resilience Lead to contact Jackie King at Jackie.king@wmas.nhs.uk

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