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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
August 13 - 14, 2022
National Training Weekend - Open Enrollment
Vacancies Emmitsburg, Maryland
February 25 - 26, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Todd Dyche
Regional Coordinator

Jack Beall

Course coordination plan
April 1 - 2, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Brian Benstead
Deputy Chief
NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control

Stefano Napolitano
Deputy State Fire Administrator
NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control

Course coordination plan
April 29 - 30, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Kent Neiswender
Training and Certification Specialist 2
New Jersey Division of Fire Safety/Office of Training and Certification

Gregory Kirkham
Training and Certification Specialist 1
New Jersey Division of Fire Safety/Office of Training and Certification

Karen Grant-Haber
Director – Fire Safety Training Program (Kean University)
Kean University Fire Safety Training Program

Course coordination plan
July 8 - 9, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Tina Marie Ahlborg
Clerk Secretary
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Mark St. Pierre
State Weekend Coordinator

Course coordination plan

Student comments

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