The Future of Incident Command (CFOA, 2015) set out the argument for Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) to consider how incident commanders are selected, developed and trained to ensure they are prepared to be competent and confident all hazard commanders against a backdrop of reducing operational opportunities (see appendix 1). Of critical importance is exposing them to a variety of training interventions, especially realistic training, to complement real command experience.
This report provides guidance on training interventions designed to complement real command experience. The report describes the reduction in incidents and how a number of factors may limit the opportunities for incident commanders to naturally gain command experience and find it difficult to become effective commanders. It will outline the elements that constitute ‘command experience’ and the impact of declining incident rates. Finally, it will set out a framework for developing incident command training and describe training methods linked to the essential elements of command along with suitable evaluation methods.