Today’s command officers are facing unprecedented challenges as Incident Commanders. Adding to the problem is a rapidly changing fire ground as a result of today’s modern building construction, the contents which are placed within these structures and the amount of civilians who are occupying these homes. Not since the early 1970’s have we seen this magnitude of occupied structural fires and civilian casualties and deaths.This program is designed to provide command officers with the necessary skills to be part of the solution, not part of the problem. It is vital that all personnel operating in the fire service have a strong understanding of today’s dynamic challenges that command officers’ face.

This Seat of Command focuses on the factual understanding of ventilation’s impact as it relates to the modern fire ground and the changing dynamics of the interior fire. I have been a panel member of the latest NIST and UL studies related to ventilation and can provide up-to-date factual information related to the studies’ conclusions. The proper steps and vital importance of size-up and performing a dynamic risk assessment of the structure while providing control points and resources to the hazard in a prioritized manner will be addressed.This program will provide the student with street-smart tactics, incident reviews of multi- alarm fires, multiple dynamic simulations and case reviews of lessons learned in prior incidents. To safely operate in this kind of environment, we must develop the skill to maintain situational analysis (SA). These skill sets will provide you the ability to control what is happening around you and where you are in relation to threats. Building SA for the fire ground is predicated on an intuitive understanding of fire behavior and building construction. Students will be exposed to fire ground tactical decision making as a means of effectively using SA to be better prepared to confront the challenging environment of the fire ground.

The Seat of Command will use videos and examples of standard operating guidelines to demonstrate best practices for understanding the dynamic fireground and making decisions. After reviewing extreme fire behavior, reading smoke, building construction, and critical decision making, students will then practice using applied tactical decision making through custom simulations of structure fire responses.

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