Level 3 Award in Initial Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services

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The overall objective for these qualifications is to support the learner to update and continue with professional development, and to develop knowledge and skills relevant to the basic incident command system for initial response from the fire and rescue services.

This Level 3 award enables learners to be ready to work, but not yet competent, in incident command at the appropriate level.

The qualifications align with National Operational Guidance (NOG) 2015 for ‘The Foundation for Incident Command’ and ‘Incident Command’.


This qualification is made up of one mandatory unit. To be awarded this qualification the learner must achieve the unit – Initial Incident Command in Fire and Rescue Services. There are 45 Guided Learning Hours to complete the qualification.


On completion of the course, students will be able to: –

      • Understand the key principles of the Incident Command System
      • Understand the roles and responsibilities of personnel within the Incident Command Structure
      • Understand the management of risk at operational incidents
      • Understand effective communication at operational incidents
      • Be able to plan an initial response to an operational incident
      • Be able to implement actions at an operational incident to meet planned objectives
      • Be able to close down the operational phase of an incident
      • Be able to review a response to an operational incident

Contact us for a more in-depth discussion on the basic incident command system for initial response and how we can fully meet your expectations via our online enquiry form here. Or call us on: 0191 375 5690.

One of our team will get back to you with details on how we can help very soon. Thank you for your time and interest in Vital Fire Solutions Ltd, part of the County Durham and Darlington Fire Authority’s service.


45 Guided Learning Hours



0191 375 5690




Vital Fire Solutions Ltd
Belmont Business Park, Durham, DH1 1TW