Decision-Making for Initial Company Operations F0457

Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

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

This two-day course is designed to develop the decision-making skills needed by Company Officers (COs) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. With the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that COs be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome.

In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander, the CO may well be assigned a subordinate position within the Incident Command System organization. COs need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position that they are assigned to, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.

This course is an excellent review for experienced COs.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

Selection criteria

This course is specifically designed for newly appointed COs and for firefighters who may have acting CO responsibilities or who want to become a CO.


ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Preferred courses are Q462 and Q463 available through NFA Online.  Chief's signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Submit FEMA Form 119-25-2 to the contact(s) listed below for the course offering you are interested in attending.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
April 25 - 26, 2020 Hawthorne, Nevada

Tom Martinez
Training Officer II
State Fire Marshal Division

Heidi Johnson
Administrative Assistant
Mineral County Fire Department

Course coordination plan
June 11 - 12, 2020 Houma, Louisiana

Daniel Copeland

Keith Ward
Fire Chief
Houma Fire Department

Course coordination plan
July 11 - 12, 2020 Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Jeff Elliott
Fire Service Program Director
Tennessee Fire Service & Codes Enforcement Academy

Course coordination plan
July 21 - 22, 2020 Southaven, Mississippi

Steven Ashby
Instructor Chief
Mississippi State Fire Academy

Dustin Ford
Chief of Training
Southaven Fire Department

Course coordination plan

Student comments

This course offers learning opportunities to a broad range of experience levels.