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Components of the Incident Command and Control Simulation Series II: Strip Mall Hostage/Arson Fire Q0328

Curriculum: Incident Management
Training Specialist

Richard Sexton

Delivery type
Continuing education units
ACE recommendation
There is no ACE credit recommendation for this course.

This scenario exposes the student to Unified Command with some unique considerations. Initially it is a police problem, and fire assumes a secondary role. After the situation is stabilized, fire assumes a lead role. Many of the considerations and actions are not encountered in day-to-day operations. The progression of the hostage incident and the fire incident will be controlled by the decisions made by the appropriate roles.

The shopping center is a single-story, multioccupancy structure built of ordinary construction with a common attic and a steel bar-joist roof, divided into three fire areas by firewalls.

The student's goal is to successfully incorporate as the fire department battalion chief in a Unified Command situation with the police department and manage the fire incident by performing the following tasks:

  • Conducting a primary search and rescue.
  • Establishment of a permanent water supply.
  • Initiation of a fire attack.
  • Ventilation of the structure.
  • Establishment of rehab.
  •  Conducting a secondary search.
  • Ensuring a complete overhaul on the fire building.

Estimated completion time: one hour.

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