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Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Fire Protection Systems O0396

Fundamental level course. Please Note: This course is scheduled and delivered through your State's Fire Training Agency. Please contact your State Fire Training Agency for more information.
Curriculum: Fire Prevention: Technical
Training Specialist

Keith Heckler

Delivery type
6-day off-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
There is not an American Council on Education credit recommendation for this course.

This six-day fundamental level course is designed to provide Incident Commanders (IC) 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.).

Selection criteria


  • Anyone responsible for the command and control of incident operations, preferably in the built environment.
  • Target audience includes command officers, company officers, fire department training officers, and those acting in that capacity.
  • 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.


  1. Students attending this class should have responsibility for command and control of incident operations and/or any individual who conducts pre-incident data surveys or gathers and processes pre-incident such as fire prevention staff.
  2. Not less than three years’ experience in fire suppression emergency operations and/or fire prevention related activities.
  3. ICS-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Q0462 and Q0463, available through NFA Online.

Post-course requirements