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Command and Control Decision-Making at Multiple Alarm Incidents R0297

Training Specialist


Richard Sexton
301-447-7687

Delivery type


6-day on-campus

Continuing education units


4.2

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-rises are just some of the incidents that are simulated.

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

Pre-course materials and course syllabus

Welcome Letter and Pre-course Assignment: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/ax/pcm/pcm_r0297.pdf PDF 752KB
Course Syllabus: https://apps.usfa.fema.gov/ax/syll/syllabus_r0297.pdf PDF 726KB

Command officers or individuals who have multialarm 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 Multialarm 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 6 to 8 weeks prior to class start date.

Upcoming offerings

Dates Availability Location Contact(s) CCP
March 10 - 15, 2024 Full Emmitsburg, Maryland
May 12 - 17, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
June 23 - 28, 2024 Wait List Opportunity Apply Emmitsburg, Maryland
July 7 - 12, 2024 Apply between 3/15/2024 - 4/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland
August 4 - 9, 2024 Apply between 3/15/2024 - 4/15/2024 Emmitsburg, Maryland