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Training framework

The National Operational Guidance Programme has developed a suite of training specifications to supplement operational guidance.

The fire and rescue service National Occupational Standards provide the platform on which training is based. This needs to be translated into how firefighters work at incidents. The format, content and validity of National Operational Guidance makes it well-placed to inform the content of most operational training in the service and form the basis for learning and qualifications.  

National Operational Guidance training specifications correspond and comply with National Occupational Standards to provide a clear framework of competence for all areas of operational activity, the National Operational Training Framework. Fire and rescue service training providers or training departments can adopt and follow the training specifications to develop tailored and specific operational training that suit the needs of their service. 

The National Fire Chiefs Council have developed a series of training materials to help services implement National Operational Guidance, improve firefighter safety and centralise development of training to reduce the impact upon services. 

These materials are developed and approved using a strict governance process, and are developed based on the request on regional training managers' forums. These networks share their priorities and the NFCC develop a prioritisation list which can be viewed here.