Course Descriptions & Student Learning Outcomes

FIRE 156 - Wildland Incident Command

  • Prerequisite: "C" or higher in ENG 22/60 or ESL 23, OR Placement in ENG 100; Placement in MATH 24/50
  • Recommended Prep: FIRE 151 and FIRE 152

This course defines terms and examines concepts, theories, and principles of the Incident Command System and wildland fire in the fire service. Major topics include the Incident Command System function, staff functions in single command structures, management of various disasters, and initial and escape fire attack situations for wildland fire.

3 hrs. lect. per week

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of FIRE 156, the student will be able to:

  • have an intermediate knowledge of the Incident Command System and demonstrate how to organize an incident of moderate complexity utilizing ICS. In addition, the student will be able to do the following:
    • Correctly describe the history of the Incident Command System (ICS) to include: ICS positions compared to the old Large Fire Organization (LFO) positions, building the ICS organization, initial attack, mutual aid, task forces, strike teams, and expanding the ICS organization for extended attack.
    • Correctly describe the principles features which constitute the Incident Command System to include: the five primary functions, management by objectives, unity and chain of command, transfer of command, organization flexibility, unified command, span of control, common terminology, personnel accountability, integrated communications, resources management, and the incident action plan.
    • Correctly describe proper terminology, organization structure, how the organization initially develops at an incident, how the organization expands or contracts, and transfer of command utilizing ICS principles.
    • Correctly describe the principle facilities used in conjunction with ICS to include: command post, staging area, base camp, helibase, and helispot.
    • Correctly discuss the resource status keeping function of descriptions of the kinds of resources often used, why resource status keeping is important, how resources are typed, three ways of using resources at an incident, resource status conditions., changing and maintaining status on resources.
    • Correctly identify the common responsibilities associated with an ICS assignment to include: actions prior to an incident, incident check-in, while working at the incident, and during demobilization.
    • Correctly provide a comprehensive description of the responsibilities of the organizational elements within each section of the ICS to include: the general duties of each organizational element, terminology, staffing considerations, and reporting relationships.
    • Correctly describe ways in which incidents and events are organized to ensure achievement of incident objectives, and discuss the steps in organizational development that should take place on the incident.
    • Correctly discuss the resource management process at an incident to include: the stages of resource management, responsibilities related to resource ordering, staging areas, demobilization of resources and considerations related to cost-effective resource management.
    • Correctly identify the planning process, the development of incident objectives, strategies and tactics, the use of operational periods, and the planning meeting.
    • Correctly describe the major steps and the personnel involved in the planning process to include: support plans that may be required for some incidents including the communications, medical and demobilization plans.
    • At the completion of the course the students will utilize the ICS on several field exercises.

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