There are six NVQs within the Emergency Fire Service: one set at Level 2, three at Level 3, and one at level 4.
At level 3, the NVQ in Emergency Fire Services - Firefighting Operations in the Community is aimed at individuals whose role involves operational response, prevention and protection within a fire environment; Emergency Fire Services - Control Operations is for those whose role involves emergency call-taking and dispatching of appropriate resources to a range of event types; and Emergency Fire Services - Watch Management is aimed at individuals operating at Supervisory Manager level. People taking these NVQs are likely to be employed in local authority brigades, industrial fire services, aviation or the Ministry of Defence.
The NVQs in Fire Safety are at levels 2, 3 and 4. Level 2 is aimed at non-emergency fire service personnel such as Fire Safety Wardens, Fire Marshals, Assistant Fire Officers, Departmental Fire Officers and Section Fire Officers, employed in all types of businesses and workplaces.
Levels 3 and 4 are aimed at personnel whose role involves providing fire safety and related specialist advice, such as Fire Safety Advisors, Fire Safety Officers and specialist fire safety teams. They may be employed within business (for example, private sector consultancy), health, education and sports as well as Local Authority Fire Brigades and the Community Fire Safety sector.