Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Responder

Job Family Operational Support
Job Sub Family CBRN
Code OPS-CBRN-SD-Responder v1.0

Role Purpose

To provide specialist initial operational responses to (CBRN) incidents, working effectively with other agencies to save lives at the scene. Working with partner organisations and assisting in multi-agency decision making to develop and deliver safe responses and resolutions to incidents for both the general public and emergency responders alike.

Key Accountabilities

  • Respond to incidents or suspected incidents involving CBRN materials, providing specialist support and assistance at the scene to ensure that actions focus on saving lives as part of the initial response.
  • Conduct dynamic risk assessments and evaluate any course of action at the scene of CBRN incident to effectively ensure mitigation of risk(s) to emergency services and the public.
  • Establish initial control, command and communication at the scene to ensure the effective co-ordination of police and multi-agency resources.
  • Provide precise information to ensure that all agencies involved have a joint and clear understanding of the evolving situation.
  • Assist in the establishment of control zones, including safe access and egress routes to ensure control and safety of casualties and emergency personnel.
  • Support commanders by gathering information and intelligence relating to the scene and incident so they can make informed decisions concerning the incident.
  • Support the development and agreement of a Joint Understanding of Risk (JUR) with all present emergency services to facilitate the safe and effective deployment of a response.
  • Comply with established protocols for the use of specialist personal safety equipment and Detection Identification and Monitoring (DIM) to maintain the effectiveness of the equipment.


All roles are expected to know, understand and act within the ethics and values of the Police Service.

The Competency and Values Framework (CVF) has six competencies that are clustered into three groups. Under each competency are three levels that show what behaviours will look like in practice.

It is suggested that this role should be operating or working towards the following levels of the CVF:

Resolute, compassionate and committed

Inclusive, enabling and visionary leadership

Intelligent, creative and informed policing

Education, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Prior education and experience:

  • Must be Officer Safety and First Aid Trained as per their individual force policy.
  • Completed Initial Operational Response (IOR) training.


  • Good communication skills with the ability to listen to others.
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to set out logical arguments clearly and adapt language, form and message to meet the needs of different people/ audiences.
  • Good team working skills, able to achieve shared objective and demonstrating awareness of individual differences and providing support as required.
  • Able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of partners and potential opportunities for collaboration.
  • Able to identify, analyse and manage risk to inform balanced, proportionate, evidence based decisions.
  • Able to break down a problem into its component parts and determine an appropriate course of action.
  • Able to appropriately prioritise and plan own work.
  • Able to identify, analyse and manage risk to inform balanced, proportionate, evidence based decisions.
  • Able to review and reflect on own performance objectively and to take steps to maintain and enhance competence and professional standards appropriate to the role.
  • Skilled in the use of standard IT packages, systems and/or databases to fulfil role requirements.
  • Skilled in applying personal safety tactics, including the use of equipment.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

  • Personal responsibility for CPD.
  • Research and refresh own subject matter expertise.
  • Maintain currency of College of Policing Guidance, best practice and any local policy applicable to the operational police context and leading and managing teams.
  • Maintain and update key knowledge, understanding and skills relating to legislation policy and practice across all functional policing areas of operational responsibility.
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of new approaches identified by evidence based policing research and problem solving and team working and synthesise these into working practice.
  • Maintain a working knowledge and understanding of new and evolving crime threats and priorities; and current best practice to tackle these in order to enable a pro-active and preventative approach.
  • Complete all annual and mandatory training including for example, fitness tests, personal safety training, first aid, and protecting information.
  • Attend training with force CBRN Trainers as necessary to cover all annual, bi-annual and tri-annual requirements.

Professional Registration/Licenses

Not Applicable.

Links to other Profiles

  • CBRN Tactical Advisor.
  • CBRN Operational Commander.
  • CBRN Tactical Commander.
  • CBRN Strategic Commander.
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