Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural and Man-Made Disasters R0308

Delivery type 10-Day On-Campus
ACE recommendation In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, three semester hours in fire science, emergency management, or fire service management.
CEU’s 6.7
Student pre-course materials and course syllabus PDF 79KB PDF 908K
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Upcoming offerings

February 5 - 16, 2018 | March 19 - 30, 2018 | July 9 - 20, 2018 | View more

Course description

This 10-day course addresses fire and rescue department operations at natural and man-made disasters that may require interagency or interjurisdictional coordination. Earthquakes, hurricanes, blizzards, civil disturbances, terrorism, hazardous materials releases, tornadoes and floods are some of the topics covered.

The primary focus for this course is directed at the operational component of a fire department’s response to these incidents. Emphasis is placed on command and control decision-making skills and the interrelationship of the operational function to hazard preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery. Operational applications of the Incident Command System (ICS), command and control, the ICS/Emergency Operations Center interface, the Integrated Emergency Management System, evacuation, and sheltering and communications are just a few of the areas covered. The course is interactive, using lecture, simulations, scenarios and student participation as instructional methodologies. This course meets the National Incident Management System requirements for ICS-300-level and ICS-400-level courses.

Selection criteria

Chief Officers or other individuals who command fire department operations at catastrophic disasters. Additionally, individuals 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 at 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.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
February 5 - 16, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 19 - 30, 2018 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply July 9 - 20, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Apply September 24, 2018 - October 5, 2018 Apply by 12/15 Emmitsburg, Maryland
Post-course requirements None
Comments Will assist in developing SOP's and programs to address events that happen in our city and regionally...As a training captain I intend on implementing this into mandatory training. I could not imagine being part of an IMT without this knowledge...I now have the ability to set up and run major incidents in an organized and structured manner without being overwhelmed.