Skip to main content



Think Like an Incident Commander

Tuesday, April 16
Incident Command

What is an incident commander seeing, thinking, and feeling when he supervises a fire operation? Tactics may vary at various incidents but the one constant is the incident commander's thought process. How is his view of a fire different and how can his perspective make you a more effective firefighter, chief, or company officer? This interactive class is geared to illustrate key points in preparation, size up, fire ground decision making, and communications. Videos, case studies, actual fire ground radio transmissions, and interactive fire simulations are used to present the challenges inherent in making rapid emergency decisions. Students are offered tools to help them perform a skillful size up, communicate effectively, and project control over chaotic emergency incidents. This course is relevant for chiefs and company officers who serve as the initial IC at a fire. However, the ability to "think like an IC", allows for safer tactics by firefighters of all ranks.

Thomas Dunne, Deputy Chief - New York City Fire Department