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Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Fire Protection Systems R0396

Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type

6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the lower-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science.

Fundamental-level course

This 6-day, fundamental-level course is designed to provide Incident Commanders (ICs) with the tools they need to conduct proper pre-incident planning for the target hazards in their communities. This knowledge will help the IC identify what fire protection systems are available at these sites, how they work, and how to use them in developing firefighting objectives and making strategic and tactical firefighting decisions.

The course covers the fundamental procedures for gathering and using information related to the fire protection systems that an IC may need during a fire or related emergency. It includes the basic concepts of pre-incident planning and the strategies an officer might use to share this information with other responders.

The course describes the components of sprinkler systems, stationary fire pumps, standpipe systems, fire alarm systems, smoke management systems and specialty fire protection systems (e.g., Halon™ suppression systems, hood-range systems, water mist systems, etc.).

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, Pre-course Assignment: PDF 649KB
Course Syllabus: PDF 297KB

Anyone responsible for the command and control of incident operations, preferably in the built environment.

Target audience includes command officers, Company Officers (COs), fire department training officers and individuals acting in those capacities.

Target audience also includes those officers who are upwardly mobile in their organizations and will or may be in command positions in the near future.

In addition, five spaces will be reserved for fire prevention officers who are engaged in pre-incident planning with fire protection systems.

Note: Local jurisdictions are encouraged to submit applications of both their command/company officers and fire prevention officers to attend a course together if both meet the selection criteria. Priority selection will be given for up to five pairs of such officials per course offering.

  1. Students attending this class should have responsibility for command and control of incident operations and/or any individual who conducts pre-incident surveys or gathers and processes pre-incident data such as fire prevention staff.
  2. ICS 100 level and ICS 200 level training. Chief’s signature attests that the applicant has completed this required training.
  3. Not less than 3 years' experience in fire suppression emergency operations and/or fire prevention responsibilities.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 7 - 12, 2024 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 8 - 13, 2024 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 20 - 25, 2025 Apply between 3/15/2025 - 4/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland