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 degree category, three semester hours in fire science or fire service.

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:

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?
March 9 - 13, 2020 Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Douglas Hinkle
Chief Deputy Fire Marshal
South Dakota State Fire Marshal's Office

Steve Fessler
Division Chief
Sioux Falls Fire Rescue

Course coordination plan
March 16 - 21, 2020 Everett, Washington

Eriks Gabliks
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Barbara Slinger
Fire Program Support Specialist
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training

Tony Mace
Paine Field Fire Department

Course coordination plan