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Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards R0314

Training Specialist


Richard Sexton
301-447-7687

Delivery type


6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


4.0

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, pre-incident 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.

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter, BYOD Instructions, Pre-course Assignment: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0314.pdf PDF 1,334KB
Course Syllabus: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0314.pdf Quicktime 315KB

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 6 to 8 weeks prior to class start date.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
July 28, 2024 - August 2, 2024 Cancelled Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 25 - 30, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 8 - 13, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 13 - 18, 2024 Apply between 6/15/2024 - 7/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
November 10 - 15, 2024 Apply between 6/15/2024 - 7/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
December 1 - 6, 2024 Apply between 6/15/2024 - 7/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
March 2 - 7, 2025 Apply between 9/15/2024 - 10/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
April 13 - 18, 2025 Apply between 12/15/2024 - 1/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 10 - 15, 2025 Apply between 3/15/2025 - 4/15/2025 Emmitsburg, Maryland