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Preparation for Initial Company Operations W0458

Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type

2-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

Pending (ACE Review): In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in firefighting operations or fire science.

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.

This 2-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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Instructions to Download Student Manual: PDF 74KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 127KB

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.

Upcoming offerings

Apply online if you are interested in attending a state or national weekend program.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
April 22 - 23, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
James A. Graves
Maine Fire Service Institute
James E. Roy
Deputy Director
Maine Fire Service Institute
June 3 - 4, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Jack Smith
Ohio Fire Academy
July 15 - 16, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Thomas Hagerty
Indiana Department of Homeland Security - Fire Academy
Zach Westfall
Program Manager
Indiana Department of Homeland Security - Fire Academy
July 22 - 23, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Terri Brooks
Administration Officer
PA State Fire Academy