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Command and Control Decision-Making at Multiple Alarm Incidents R0297

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 simulation-intensive 6-day course focuses on the command officer’s responsibility while conducting major operations involving multialarm units. Emphasis is placed on rapid fire ground decision-making, advanced incident command, command and control, safety, personnel accountability, and communications.

Through the use of simulations, students are taught to recognize critical cues specific to various types of complex emergency incidents. The students are also taught the proper command and control procedures necessary to bring these incidents to closure.

A wide range of simulations is used to duplicate emergency incidents that require the student to evaluate multiple hazards. Fire department emergencies involving multifamily occupancies, hotels, commercial occupancies, large shopping malls, railroads, wildland, and high-rise are just some of the incidents that are simulated.

The course is interactive, using lecture, simulations and student participation as instructional methods.

Student pre-course materials and course syllabus: PDF 752KB
Welcome Letter and Pre-course Assignment PDF 726KB
Course Syllabus

Selection criteria

Command officers or individuals who have multi-alarm command responsibilities.

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


Incident Command System (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.

Pre-course Requirements

  1. Students will be required to complete “Awareness of Command and Control Decision-Making at Multi-Alarm Incidents” (Q0297) available through NFA Online prior to their arrival for class.
  2. 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
July 10 - 15, 2022 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 17 - 22, 2022 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
September 25 - 30, 2022 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
October 23 - 28, 2022 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
January 8 - 13, 2023 Application period closed Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 6 - 11, 2023 Apply on 10/15/2022 - 12/15/2022 Emmitsburg, Maryland