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Special Operations Program Management O0254

Training Specialist

Dave Donohue

Delivery type

6-day off-campus

ACE recommendation

There is not an American Council on Education credit recommendation for this 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.

This 6-day course is designed to guide students in gaining and sharing the knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively develop, manage and lead hazardous materials and/or other all-hazards special operations response capabilities used in specialized emergency response. Upon completion of the course, students learn how to analyze the complexities, dynamics and interrelationships of the components of special operations.

Through the interactive lecture, group activities and testing, the students will study:

  • Identification of special operations components.
  • Identification of the interrelationships between each discipline and demonstration of how the manager balances the influences of diverse components.
  • Managing all related disciplines under the same programmatic procedures.
  • Balancing the “spider web” with an understanding of all the unique internal and external demands and influences.
  • The course uses lessons learned on how to identify the needs and develop, implement and sustain a hazardous materials/special operations program.

Students will learn to ensure the program meets the needs of the community and the current standard of care. Historical examples, current models and best practices for community risk-based special response capability development and sustainment are included in the course materials.

This course is not an operational incident management course.


  • Hazardous materials/special operations team coordinators, managers and personnel aspiring to become coordinators and managers.
  • Personnel responsible for training, equipping and sustaining specialized response resources.
  • Personnel responsible for the supervision or leadership of a hazardous materials or special operations team or company.

Recommended: 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.