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Decision-Making for Initial Company Operations W0457

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 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.


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?
September 25 - 26, 2021 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland

Vincent Miller
Training Administrator
Delaware State Fire School

Course coordination plan
April 9 - 10, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

James Graves
Maine Fire Service Institute

James Roy
Deputy Director
Maine Fire Service Institute

Paul Froman
Maine State Weekend Coordinator
Maine Fire Service Institute

Course coordination plan
June 4 - 5, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Reid Vaughan
Director of Regional Services
Alabama Fire College

Course coordination plan
June 25 - 26, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack Smith
Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal - Ohio Fire Academy

Dave Belcher
Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal - Ohio Fire Academy

Course coordination plan

Student comments

Effective, entertaining, and applicable--as good as any class I've had.