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

Curriculum: Incident Management
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.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus:

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.  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
August 22, 2022 - September 2, 2022 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
February 6 - 17, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 20 - 31, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 17 - 28, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 29, 2023 - June 9, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 14 - 25, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

This course helped "cement in" the ICS system and just how versatile and applicable it is to any scenario. This course adds a whole new perspective for those who do not make if off the fire line, but will at some point in their career.