Request a place Multi-Agency Tactical CBRN Command Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: 4 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 an understanding and ability to perform the role of Tactical Commander, by implementing and reviewing multi-agency tactical plans, to facilitate the resolution of a CBRN terrorist incident.

Course overview

To develop an understanding and ability to perform the role of Tactical Commander, by implementing and reviewing multi-agency tactical plans, to facilitate the resolution of a CBRN terrorist incident.

Course Programme contents

During the course delegates will be required to become involved in the tactical management of a CBRN terrorist incident. The Tactical Command phase of this exercise forms the second stage of the assessment process.

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, including:

1.1   Identifying 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   Outline the ease of manufacture of basic CBR materials and the difficulties in dissemination.

1.5   Explain the core motivating factors of terrorists and terrorist groups.


2.0   Apply the role of the Tactical Commander in relation to the emergency management of CBRN  incidents as determined by the following factors:

2.1   The role of Tactical within the Strategic/Tactical/Operational Command structure.

2.2   The available structures which support the tactical function in terms of the delivery of scientific and operational support.

2.3   The making of 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   The creation, implementation and review of an appropriate tactical plan in line with the Strategy and parameters determined by Strategic Command, having due regard for partner agency needs.

2.5   The ability to make and communicate appropriate and timely decisions in order to develop and review the tactical plan to meet changing circumstances as a CBRN incident evolves, having due regard to Strategic Commanders strategy and parameters.

2.6   Demonstrating an understanding of the developing Operational Situation as a CBRN incident evolves.

2.7   The impact that implementing this strategy will have on Operational Commanders and other agencies.


3.0   Describe the roles and responsibilities of strategic partners involved in the emergency management of a CBRN incident and make appropriate decisions with due regard to those agencies’ needs. 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

4.0   Assess the resourcing implications which impact on the emergency management of a CBRN incident, which include:

4.1   The level of resources which your agency and partner agencies require to deal effectively with a CBRN incident.

4.2   The level of resources actually available to your agency and those of your partners to deal with a CBRN incident.

4.3   The timescales involved in filling the gap between resource need and availability.

4.4   The implications for your agency and that of partners of under-or-over-resourcing a CBRN incident.

4.5   The role of PNICC and SPICC within an evolving CBRN incident.

4.6   Dealing with resource issues as they arise.

5.0   Define the legal and procedural considerations and implications which relate to decisions made in the command and control of a CBRN incident, to include:

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

5.2   The different post-incident enquiries at which these decisions are likely to be examined.

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:  

9.1 Refer to the National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance 2015 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 Tactical Commanders from Police, Fire and Rescue and Ambulance Services.  This is not a Command course and as such all Ambulance Commanders must have attended a nationally recognised Tactical Command course prior to attendance.

Eligibility Criteria

The course is aimed at Ambulance Operational Tactical Managers who will perform a tactical CBRN command role.

  • MUST be a substantive Tactical Commander
  • All attendees must be vetted to SC level
  • Delegates should have experience in/understanding of the following:
  • Major incident procedures/management
  • Relative publications, e.g.

Methods of Delivery

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 tactical management and group work/discussions, guided and facilitated by the Directing Staff, will be the preferred learning technique.

Dress Code

Details will be covered in your joining instructions.

Course Location

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


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

Details of the pre-course assignment will be sent to delegates by the Police National CBRN Centre (PNCBRNC) approximately 8 weeks prior to the course start.

Delegates are required to complete this assignment and return it 7 days prior to the start of the course. This work will be assessed and returned to you upon your arrival on the course. This is a necessary part of the CBRN unit Silver Commander Certification.

Request a place on this course today

  • 15 – 18 February 2021
  • 5-8 July 2021
  • 13-16 December 2021
  • 21-24 February 2022
  • 7-10 March 2022
  • 28-31 March 2022


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