Preparation for Initial Company Operations W0458

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 firefighting operations or fire science.

This two-day course is designed to develop a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of Company Officers (COs) in preparing their company for incident operations and to clarify the transition from firefighter to CO and the new roles relating to leadership and safety.

This course is designed for COs, acting COs, or senior firefighters responsible for the management of a single fire company at an emergency incident, including those officers who are responsible for company readiness, personnel safety, and leadership as it relates to company operation.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 74KB
Instructions to Download Student Manual PDF 127KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

COs, acting officers, or senior firefighters who command a fire company during emergency operations.

Those officers who are responsible for maintaining skills and company readiness.


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?
February 20 - 21, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Todd Dyche
Regional Coordinator
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

Jack Beall
Regional Coordinator
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

Karen Layton
Program Coordinator
Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute

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
July 10 - 11, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Tina M. Ahlborg
Clerk Secretary
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Mark A. St. Pierre
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Course coordination plan
August 7 - 8, 2021 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jessica Pomainville
Administrative Services Coordinator
Vermont Fire Academy

Michael Skaza
Program Training Coordinator
Vermont Fire Academy

Course coordination plan