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Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards N0314

Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
6-day off-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science.

This six-day course is designed to introduce command officers to the complexities involved in commanding incidents in high-risk areas.

Students are confronted with a number of fire and rescue incidents that include high life hazard, multiple exposure and unusual occupancy risk considerations.

Students are taught operational applications in the Incident Command System (ICS), command and control, decision-making, strategic and tactical considerations, preincident preparation, documentation and post-incident analysis.

Several simulations and case studies are used to depict and review incidents in various types of target hazards such as:

  • Penal institutions.
  • Bulk oil-storage facilities.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Colleges.
  • Chemical/agricultural manufacturing plants.
  • Grain elevators.

The course is comprehensive and uses lecture, case study, simulation and student participation as instructional methods.

This course is not a tactics class but explains the development of the Incident Management Teams.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 1,424KB
Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment PDF 350KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Individuals or Company Officers who have the responsibility to command incidents involving target hazards.

Additionally, officers who may have this responsibility eventually and are upwardly mobile in their organizations may be considered.


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.

Note: A pre-course assignment, which will be graded, will be emailed to students six to eight weeks prior to class start date.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP Train-the-Trainer?
September 6 - 11, 2021 Cancelled Dayton, Ohio

Jack Smith
State Fire Marshal, Ohio Fire Academy

Ian Emmons
Deputy Chief of Operations
Washington Township Fire Department

Course coordination plan
January 9 - 14, 2022 Fairbanks, Alaska

Sara Garcia
Fire Training Specialist – Statewide Fire Training Coordinator
State of AK, Division of Fire and Life Safety

Virginia Lauer-McMichael
State of AK, Division of Fire and Life Safety
State of AK, Division of Fire and Life Safety

Michael High
Captain/Training Officer
North Star Volunteer Fire Department

Course coordination plan
January 11 - 16, 2022 San Angelo, Texas

Chris Angerer
Executive Associate Division Director
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Tony Lenard
Regional Training Manager
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Pete Walsh
Fire Training Coordinator
San Angelo Fire Department

Course coordination plan