A 4-week group training experience that rivals in-person classes. This is a newly updated, immersive Incident Command training program that includes 2-3 hours of learning per week. Complete with real fireground scenarios, live Q&A's, and interactive discussions with the instructor and your peers.
This program will walk current and future incident commanders through incident management in its entirety, from before the fire through terminating the incident, specifically and step-by step. In 30+ lessons, live discussions and activities we will cover these core areas:
Developing the mindset of a “firefighting chief”
Setting ourselves up for fireground success
Deploying a practical incident command process that maximizes the effectiveness of our firefighting companies
Command post failures are a contributing factor in nearly every line of duty death.
The #1 job of any fire officer is to send their people home safely. Yet, unfortunately, problems such as accountability, communications, incident command, and others are among the most common repeating contributing factors seen in LODD reports. And have been so for years. These are failures at the command level - either before the fire, on the fireground, or both. Over the years there has been inconsistency in incident command training and practices that have left a wide spectrum where some departments essentially have no real incident command system at all, and others are micromanaging every move of their firefighters - with neither extreme being practical or effective. This program focuses on PRACTICAL fireground-proven command practices.
Many departments do not invest in training their IC’s with real fireground command practices
In person training opportunities are often limited or out of reach, and many IC's do not have the opportunity to get training or mentorship in real fireground command practices. Command training is commonly entirely absent, or consists of watered-down, generic, or antiquated information that leaves the ICs wondering what to do, or leaves every IC running their incidents based on personal preference and without consistency.
The Aggressive Command Supports Aggressive Firefighting program is based on fireground proven, repeatable command practices that have been gathered through years of experience.
The Aggressive Command system can be applied to departments of any size - with numerous or limited resources. The concepts are compliant with NIMS and NFPA 1561 standards, but are delivered in a manner that makes their application practical and achievable.
Needed exactly this! Recently promoted to a Battalion Chief corps of 31+ year BC's. Old habits in this job die hard, as you know. So, being the 'new kid' coming in, obtaining information & mentorship has been difficult. This course help to fill that gap & was perfect for shoring me up in the areas that I know I am weak in. The same areas that many couldn't mentor me on simply because they just don't know. It was very reassuring to hear someone talk & think in the same way, with the same mindset, that I do about many things to include how Aggressive Command truly does support Aggressive Firefighting. Thank you for this! I need info on the full course.
I highly recommend this course to those looking to become Incident Commanders and for those already in the role. You can never learn enough and there are multiple teaching points in this course. The class was easy to follow and will keep you engaged.
This is the second time I've taken this course. Once in-person and once online. I think this course should be a basic requirement for new incident commanders, just as gear donning drills is for new recruits. The online version could be utilized regularly as a refresher for seasoned ICs. I am very interested in taking the IC scenario course. Thank you, Nick!
The courses are conducted via high quality video and audio, and can be accessed from any internet capable phone, tablet, or computer. Each week, students will complete an online video-based training module, lasting about an hour. Following the completion of each week's training module, each Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. students will participate in a live and interactive class discussion with the instructor and other students, based on material from that week's module. This will provide an opportunity to expand on the material, answer questions, and discuss applications to different departments or operational settings. Access to the modules and live trainings will be emailed to you.
Do I have to take the class for all 4 weeks?
Yes, each week builds on the material from the previous weeks. The courses have time-based assignments and discussions built into them as well.
Do I need to do anything outside of the class?
Throughout the class, there will be assignments that students will complete outside of class in preparation for the weekly discussion. These assignments provide enhanced learning by requiring students to engage with application of the class material, and also learn from each other through moderated peer discussions.
What is the class schedule?
Students will receive access to a new module weekly*, followed by a live session occurring every Tuesday 7:30 PM (Eastern Time) on the following dates:
*Students will receive each weeks module with enough time to complete it before the next live session. The first module will become available on April 5th.
How much time do I need to dedicate to this class?
For maximum benefit, students can expect to dedicate 2-3 hours per week to this program. This is an immersive training program that is intended for those who want to deep-dive into command practices and benefit from direct interaction with the instructors and their peers. We understand that not everyone will be able to dedicate this amount of time. For those who would still like to take the course modules on their own, there is an online Aggressive Command course available on demand for individuals or departments/groups. Or, if you need more time to schedule time for this training, we are planning to run another cohort in the fall. Contact email@example.com to be added to the list to receive more information on those dates when it becomes available.
Will I have access to a recording?
Students will have access to all course modules through May 9, 2023.
Students will have ongoing access to the recordings of the live Q&A modules.
Due to the weekly structure of this training cohort, students should attend on the scheduled live dates, and are not guaranteed to be sent the recording before the next course starts the following week. The recordings will be sent out as quickly as possible, but it will not be immediate.