Fire Service College launches Incident Command Instructor qualification

For many years emergency services have relied on the development of their own staff to provide the valuable role of delivering internal training and development across a range of risk critical subject areas. These subject matter experts include breathing apparatus instructor, safe working at height instructor, response driving instructor and tactical ventilation instructor, to name a few.

This suite of courses has become the foundation and bedrock to support organisational development, and is underpinned with accreditation by various awarding bodies, but the basic principle is that organisations recognise the value of having in-house, suitably qualified and accredited personnel to deliver risk-critical training and development.

This approach provides organisational assurance and supports organisational risk mitigation, and assists in developing workforce competence, so why have we not had this approach to those who deliver incident command training, development and assessment? This type of training is traditionally delivered based on hierarchy, rank or role, but is this sufficient?

Bespoke programme

The Fire Service College has developed a credible, bespoke development programme, which will be accredited by Skills for Justice Awards. The College will begin delivery of the Skills for Justice Awards, Level 5 Award in Designing and Delivering Incident Command Training in October 2017. 

The main objective of this qualification is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to design and deliver incident command training. It is aimed at incident command trainers for emergency services, including: fire and rescue, police, military, ambulance and others. The qualification reflects the aims of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles (JESIP) to standardise multi-agency command of incidents. However, it is written in such a way as to enable individuality and focus on the needs of each specific service. 

The qualification aims to recognise, and award by qualification, the excellent work already being completed by all agencies in the emergency services sector. It is also intended to help to mitigate corporate risk through assurances that training is delivered by individuals accredited with a nationally recognised qualification.

We believe this qualification will be a big step forward to formalising and recognising the important role that Incident Command Instructors play when developing and delivering incident command at initial, intermediate, advanced and strategic level.

Learning outcomes

Ted O’Brien, Head of Incident Command at The Fire Service College said, “Having been an Incident Commander for many years and also being responsible for the design and delivery of incident command training
in service, I am delighted that the Fire Service College is making this course available for Incident Command Instructors.

“The units, learning outcomes and assessment criteria were designed by Denis McCann, a former fire officer, currently working as a Fire Service College, Associate Tutor, in partnership with colleagues from Skills for
Justice Awards.

“I truly believe that every organisation with a requirement to prepare staff for incident management, business continuity and crisis management should seriously consider sending their training staff on this course.”

Interactive sessions 

The two-week course will include a wide range of interactive sessions, exercise development utilising all available methods, concepts of decision making and increased knowledge and understanding as a snapshot.
The Fire Service College will be offering the course from October 2017 and it will be available on open programme bookings.

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