The Tactical Command Course will give the delegates the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage a wide range of incidents at a Tactical level.
Places on this course are only available to managers who are expected to perform the role of Tactical Commander as part of their daily role and be on the Trust on call rota at a Tactical level.
This course competency based and assessed and is Pass/Fail. The course is aligned to current JESIP Doctrine, NARU C2 and NOS.
This course has been developed in response to requests from Ambulance Trusts, for Command courses aimed specifically at the Tactical level of Command.
The command of a large scale or challenging in incidents such as mass casualty, flooding or terrorism events are recognised as being extremely complex and challenging; and this course has been designed to give commanders the knowledge and confidence in order to assist in the management of such events.
The Tactical Command course provides a common standard of training and education aligned to the Ambulance Commanders National Occupational Standards (NOS) as well as the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: the Interoperability Framework and National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance document (2015).
This course is competency based (Pass/Fail) and delegates will be formatively assed throughout the duration of the course. Once the residential course has been successfully completed the delegate will then complete a post course assignment. This assignment must be completed to gain certification.
Course Programme contents
- Assessment of understanding the pre course learning
- Daily Assessments
- Command and Control Guidance
- Decision Making
- Specialist Resources
- Table Top Exercises
- Managing the Media
- Public Inquiries
- Final Exam Pass/Fail
Intended Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate an understanding of the JESIP principles
- Demonstrate an understanding of the National Ambulance Service Command and Control Guidance
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Ambulance role during a Major Incident
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Roles and Responsibilities of the Tactical Commander
- Demonstrate an understanding of decision making at the Tactical level
- Understand the role of NILO and Tactical Advisors
- Demonstrate an understanding of NHS Ambulance Service Specialist Assets
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Legal Aspects of Tactical Command
- Understand the importance of documentation as a Tactical Commander
- Demonstrate an understanding of the issues when managing the media
- Ambulance managers who are expected to perform the role of Tactical Commander as part of their daily role, are expected to respond to and attend a multi-agency Tactical Coordinating Group (TCG) and are on their Trusts on-call rota at a Tactical level.
- For those who are Tactical Commanders within the control room please contact Jackie.email@example.com, to discuss suitability of the course.
- From time to time we receive delegate cancellations. Therefore we collate a reserve list. Please contact the Education Centre via email firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on this list.
Methods of Delivery
Pre-course learning and assignment, daily knowledge checks, blend of presentations, immersive exercises, group discussions and sessions with External Subject Matter Experts, Pass/Fail exam and post course assignment.
The dress code for the course is normal Trust uniform. This must consist of a collared shirt or polo shirt as per the Mess rules below.
Please be advised that the dress for all guests in the mess is respectable and non-revealing and the following items are not to be worn in the public rooms (Dining Room/Bar/TV Rooms) of the mess at any time:
- T-shirts without collar
- Sweatshirts/shirts without collar
- Rugby/football tops
- Ripped, torn or faded denim jeans
- Skirts/dresses shorter than mid-thigh
- Shorts, shell/track suits and clothing worn for sports and physical training
- Trainers, flip-flops, sandals or slippers
- Bomber/ski jackets, hoddie and body warmers including fleece jackets (cloakrooms are provided for outdoor coats)
NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Wiltshire SP4 0ES
Accommodation is provided as part of the course at Winterbourne Gunner. You can check in from 1200hrs on the day before. No food is available until breakfast on day one of your course.
Please note some rooms do not have on-suite facilities. Winterbourne Gunner is a military site, we have no control over the accommodation. Rooms are allocated on the day of arrival.
Please bring your own towel and toiletries.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided during the course, starting with breakfast on day one and finishing with lunch on the final day.
There is a café, cash bar, gym and cashpoint on site. Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation block, however, there is a charge, please speak with the Mess Manager for details.
The pre-course assignment must be completed and returned to Jackie.email@example.com at least 72 hours prior to attending the course. This is a mandatory requirement. If you need any advice or assistance, please contact Jackie.
Any delegate found submitting another person work as their own will be referred to their Line Manager and NARU Head of Education. This could result in disciplinary action.
You must ensure that you are familiar with the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: Interoperability Framework document and National Ambulance Command and Control Guidance (2015). Civil Contingencies Act 2004, Emergency response and recovery – Updated 2013, NHS England – Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework and Human Rights Act 1998.
- Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) Joint Doctrine: JESIP Joint Doctrine – The Interoperability Framework [edition 2 – July 2016]
- Civil Contingencies Act 2004 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/36/contents
- Emergency response and recovery – chapters 4&5 – Updated 2013 – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/emergency-response-and-recovery
- NHS England – Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response Framework – Chapters 8&9 https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/eprr-framework.pdf
- Human Rights Act 1998 – http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/42/pdfs/ukpga_19980042_en.pdf
There will be assessments on each day of this course so your understanding of the above documents is essential.