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

Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type

10-day on-campus

Continuing education units


ACE recommendation

In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in public safety.

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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome letter and pre-course assignment.: PDF 231KB
Course syllabus: PDF 908KB

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.  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 6 to 8 weeks prior to class start date.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 15 - 26, 2024 Vacancies Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 13 - 24, 2025 Apply between 9/15/2024 - 10/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 17 - 28, 2025 Apply between 9/15/2024 - 10/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 2 - 13, 2025 Apply between 12/15/2024 - 1/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 15 - 26, 2025 Apply between 3/15/2025 - 4/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland