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Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards R0314

Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
6-day on-campus
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
In the upper-division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in fire science.

This 6-day course is designed to introduce command officers to the complexities involved in commanding incidents in high-risk areas.

Students are confronted with a number of fire and rescue incidents that include high life hazard, multiple exposure and unusual occupancy risk considerations.

Students are taught operational applications in the Incident Command System (ICS), command and control, decision-making, strategic and tactical considerations, preincident preparation, documentation and post-incident analysis.

Several simulations and case studies are used to depict and review incidents in various types of target hazards such as:

  • Penal institutions.
  • Bulk oil-storage facilities.
  • Nursing homes.
  • Colleges.
  • Chemical/agricultural manufacturing plants.
  • Grain elevators.

The course is comprehensive and uses lecture, case study, simulation and student participation as instructional methods.

This course is not a tactics class but explains the development of the Incident Management Teams.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 1,334KB
Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment Quicktime 315KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Individuals or Company Officers who would have the responsibility to command incidents involving target hazards.

Additionally, officers who may have this responsibility eventually and are upwardly mobile in their organizations may be considered.

Since this is a unique 6-day course, every effort will be made to accommodate the selection of both volunteer and career personnel.


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
Apply August 21 - 26, 2022 Immediate vacancy Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 13 - 18, 2022 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 21 - 26, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 6 - 11, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 24 - 29, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland

Student comments

I now feel comfortable with the ICS system and how it relates to target hazards and the overall command and control...This course has shown me the other side of command...It will help me as an Incident Commander to manage large-scale incidents.