Request a place Tactical Command Course

Course Details

  • Course duration: 3 days
  • Course category: Command, Resilience
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  • Start/finish time: Start time: 08:15hrs
    Finish time for final day: 17:30hrs (approximately)

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.

Course overview

Course Aim

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
  • Documentation
  • 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

Eligibility Criteria

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, to discuss suitability of the course.

This is not a refresher course.  Once this course has been completed it is your responsibility to maintain a portfolio to show Continued Professional Development (CPD).

Due to government restrictions the Command courses are being delivered with reduced numbers.  It is no longer possible to book yourself a place on these courses.  If you are required to attend either the Operational or Tactical Command course please contact the approving manager for your Trust listed below.

Chris Sims – WALES                   Gareth Boynton – EEAS

Joe Barrett – NWAS                    Neil Kirk – YAS

Jason Hallahan – LAS                April Kennedy – EMAS

Graeme Few – SCAS                   Darren Claydon – IOW

Simon Swallow – NEAS             Ian Eldridge – SECAMB

Justin Williams – SWAST        James Williams – WMAS

Dave Welbourne – Guernsey – Jersey

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.

If you have any additional education needs which may impact on your learning please ensure the course lead is made aware prior to your attendance.  You can also contact

Dress Code

2 surgical masks and sanitizer.

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.  Delegates are reminded that they are representing their Trust (and the Ambulance Service) whilst on a military establishment and must act accordingly.  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, hoodies and body warmers including fleece jackets (cloakrooms are provided for outdoor coats)

Course Location

For Delegates attending the 3-5 August 2020 Course please refer to your joining instructions for course location.

NARU Education Centre
Defence CBRN Centre
Thorneydown Road
Winterbourne Gunner
Wiltshire SP4 0ES

View map and directions here.

Photo identification is required for access to DCBRNC.  Please ensure you arrive with enough time to complete the security process, this may take an additional 15 minutes or up to 1 hour during busy periods.  May we suggest that you visit the site the day before (anytime as it is open 24hrs) to get your photo security pass and allow quicker entry on the morning of your course.


Unless otherwise stated 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. For additional comfort may we suggest that you bring your own pillow(s).  (However, pillows are provided)

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 and gym on site. Wi-Fi is available in the accommodation block, however, there is a charge, please speak with the Mess Manager for details.

Pre-read Downloads

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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.

Please watch the Major Incident film and the individual chapters – Initial Response, M/Ethane, JDM, IIMARCH, Debrief  (Click on link below and then scroll down page)

Also watch the IED Awareness video, which can be found on the NARU Education Website – E-learning or click on the link below.

There will be assessments on each day of this course so your understanding of the above documents is essential.


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