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Short Course

Working at the Tactical Level of Emergency Management

Unexpected events can occur in all walks of life and can affect businesses, local authorities, hospitals, municipal buildings and local communities, to name just a few; not just those that are regarded as a high hazard or risk businesses or companies. 


Course overview

This course is aimed at anyone with responsibility for responding to emergencies at the tactical level and will provide attendees with the knowledge of working at that level for emergency response

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Command and Control Structures
  • The role of the tactical officer
  • Working as part of a tactical team
  • Tactical decision making aids
  • Shared situational awareness
  • Decision logging
  • Briefing and debriefing processes

Learning outcomes and aims

By the end of the course attendees will be able to:


  • the differences between the Operational, Tactical and Strategic levels of response
  • the key information requirements of a Tactical Control Centre
  • the challenges to multi-agency decision making


  • good practice in Information Management and Shared Situational Awareness
  • decision-making models and tools
  • the roles within a Tactical Control Centre
  • the need for Operational Record-Keeping and Decision Logs
  • Good practice in briefings and debriefings


  • a decision log
  • a Tactical Plan in an exercise

Award: Short Course
Level: CPD
Delivery: Online and distance learning
Study Mode: Part time
Duration: One day
Module Code: PROT006
Campus: Preston
Start Date: Start dates are varied

Entry requirements

No formal entry requirements are require but the course would benefit someone working in an appropriate area.


This course is based in the School of Natural Sciences located in the Faculty of Science and Technology

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