Request a place National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO)

Course Details

  • Course duration: 9.0 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
  • Course category: null
  • Start/finish time: Start time: 08:30hrs
    Finish time for final day: 18:30hrs
    There are evening sessions built into this programme.

The NILO course is owned by London Fire Brigade and Hosted by the Fire Service College.  Course dates, costs (which are a Trust responsibility) are available from

This unique multi-agency training course has been created specifically to bridge the interoperability gap across the emergency services and partners in extreme or emerging threat environments.

Course overview

Course Aim

Students will develop a common understanding of the relationships, planning and collective response to various terrorist and other malicious attacks, natural hazards, major accidents and other non-malicious attacks.

Course Programme contents

The National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO) course provides a multi-agency cadre of trained and qualified (vetted) Officers who can advise and support Commanders.


Intended Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course, delegates will be able to:

  • Bridge an intelligence, information sharing & advisory gap identified between the emergency response organisations and the UK-wide Counter Terrorism Command / Units
  • Improve inter-agency planning, operational preparedness & multi-agency incident command structures at emergencies, terrorist-related and other critical incidents
  • Improve co-operation & understanding amongst agencies on matters of organisational capacity, capability & strategic command
  • Reduce risk to the public, operational personnel & the environment
  • Standardise the ILO role across the UK by implementing an agreed multi-agency governance structure and formalising national intelligence links with partner agencies.
  • Deliver the ILO role within the MTFA operational environment


Intended Audience

Delegates for this course must be nominated for the role by their Trust.  They will typically operate as part of the Emergency Preparedness/ Special Operations department within their Trust.

Experience of risk assessment and risk management
Candidates should be incident commanders / managers experienced at operating within a multi-agency environment and resolving complex critical incidents.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Security clearance to ‘Security Check’ (SC) level
  • Willingness to receive classified information whilst on duty and treat that information accordingly whilst on or off duty
  • Willingness to provide NILO operational cover on a 24/7 rota basis
  • Willingness to take part in regular training /development opportunities to ensure retention, confirmation of knowledge and CPD
  • Substantive Band A4C 7/8 managers
  • Proven experience in managing a team at an operational incident involving other agencies
  • Proven experience in partnership working and multi agency negotiation
  • Proven experience in development of operational plans and their implementation
  • Current or planned Silver CBRN Commander qualification
  • Current or planned Radiation Protection Supervisor
  • Ambulance emergency driving qualification

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.

You must have the full support of your trust as they will be required to fund your place on this course.

Methods of Delivery

The course will be delivered through a combination of facilitated discussions, table top exercises, role play and input from subject matter experts.

The course will provide inputs against the National Occupational Standards that are outlined in the National ILO policy document, agreed with ACPO & CFOA. In particular, CCA National Occupational Standard Elements:

CCAA1: Work in co-operation with other organisations
CC AA2: Share information with other organisations
CC AA3: Manage information to support civil protection decision making
CCAB1: Anticipate and assess the risk of emergencies
CC AC1: Develop, maintain and evaluate emergency plans and arrangements
CC AG2: Respond to emergencies at the tactical (Silver) level
CC2: Formulate, monitor and review tactics to achieve strategic objectives for law enforcement operations
CC5: Identify and manage operational threats and risks
HF 14: Plan, implement and manage systems for exchange of sensitive information, data and intelligence.

Dress Code

Smart business wear.

Course Location

This Course takes place at:

Fire Service College
GL56 0RH

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Accommodation is provided as part of the course at the Fire Service College, and also for the night prior to the course start, if required.

Please note that towels and toiletries are not provided.

Pre-read Downloads

Due to the restricted nature of this information, this information will be sent out to candidates once their application has been successful.

Equipment Requirements

No equipment is required for this course.

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