Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations W0455

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
2-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, one semester hour in fire science or fire technology.

This two-day course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers (COs) responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. This course is designed to develop the management skills needed by COs to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 219KB
Instructions to Download Student Manual PDF 135KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Senior firefighters who may at times assume the responsibilities of the CO (National Fire Protection Association 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Level II).


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online. Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Apply online if you are interested in attending a state or national weekend program.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
March 20 - 21, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Mark Waters
Program Planner
Connecticut Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
April 17 - 18, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Brian Benstead
Deputy Chief
NYS Divsion of Homeland Security & Emergency Services - Office of Fire Prevention & Control

John Gilmore
State Fire Training Director
NYS Divsion of Homeland Security & Emergency Services - Office of Fire Prevention & Control

Course coordination plan
June 5 - 6, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Kent Neiswender
Supervisor - Office of Training & Certification
New Jersey Division of Fire Safety

Course coordination plan
June 26 - 27, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack Smith
Ohio Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
July 24 - 25, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Dan Hamerberg
Region Coordinator
Michigan Fire Fighter Training Division

Jeni Binkley
Secretary - Treasurer
Michigan State Firemen's Association

Course coordination plan
July 31, 2021 - August 1, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Terri Brooks
Administrative Officer I
Pennsylvania State Fire Academy

Course coordination plan

Student comments

Excellent refresher on many topics that we do not see in our day-to-day operations.