It is recommended that participants complete the following course prior to taking Decision Making for Initial Company Operations:
- In the lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in fire science or fire administration (7/14).
American Council on Education (ACE)
- This course curriculum is developed and maintained by the National Fire Academy and is delivered in compliance with the standards of the National Fire Academy off-campus program. Courses are registered and approved through the Missouri Division of Fire Safety as the NFA State Training Partner. Upon successful completion of this course participants will receive a National Fire Academy certificate of completion.
U.S. National Fire Academy (NFA)
The course is designed to develop the decision making skills needed by Company Officers to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. As a Company Officer with the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the Company Officers initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that they be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome. In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander, the Company Officer may well be assigned a subordinate position within the ICS organization. Company Officers need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position they are assigned, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work (formerly – Managing Company Tactical Operations: Decision Making).