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Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations W0455

Course only available to on-campus weekend program students.
Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
2-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, one semester hour in fire science or fire technology.

This two-day course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers (COs) responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. This course is designed to develop the management skills needed by COs to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 219KB
Instructions to Download Student Manual PDF 135KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Senior firefighters who may at times assume the responsibilities of the CO (National Fire Protection Association 1001, Standard for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, Level II).


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.

Post-course requirements


Upcoming offerings

Apply online if you are interested in attending a state or national weekend program.
Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
June 4 - 5, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Scott Cathy
New Hampshire Fire Academy

Scott Doherty
Bureau Chief
New Hampshire Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
June 25 - 26, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland

Jack Smith
Ohio Division of State Fire Marshal - Ohio Fire Academy

Charlie Dixon
Asst. Weekend Coordinator
Ohio Fire Academy/OSFSI

Course coordination plan
July 9 - 10, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Tina Marie Ahlborg
Clerk Secretary
Rhode Island State Fire Training Academy

Mark St. Pierre

Course coordination plan
July 16 - 17, 2022 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland

Dan Hammerberg
Region Coordinator
Michigan Bureau of Fire Services - Fire Fighter Training Division

Jeni Binkley
Secretary / Treasurer
Michigan State Firemen's Association

Course coordination plan
August 13 - 14, 2022
National Training Weekend - Open Enrollment
Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 17 - 18, 2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Zach Westfall
Field Program Manager
Indiana Department of Homeland Security - Fire Academy

Megan Thiele
Field Program Manager
Indiana Department of Homeland Security - Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
March 11 - 12, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Scott Cathy
NH Fire Academy

Course coordination plan
March 25 - 26, 2023 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Mark Waters
Program Planner
Connecticut Fire Academy

Course coordination plan

Student comments

Excellent refresher on many topics that we do not see in our day-to-day operations.