3 credit hours

Fire Tactics examines fire department response to structure fires. The purpose of the course is to develop Incident Command skills in analyzing situations (size-up), developing a strategic plan suited to a specific structure fire incident, then commanding and controlling operations in implementing a strategic plan through task assignments (deployment). Risk/Benefit analysis and rate of flow are the two primary methods used to develop strategic plans. Students should have prior firefighting experience or be on a fire department to take this class.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss fire behavior as it relates to strategies and tactics.
  2. Explain the main components of pre-fire planning and identify steps needed for a pre-fire review.
  3. Identify the basics of building construction and how they interrelate to pre-fire planning and strategy and tactics.
  4. Describe the steps taken in size-up, and utilize information obtained through size up to perform a risk benefit analysis.
  5. Identify the roles of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) as it relates to strategies and tactics and apply NIMS in commanding and coordinating simulated fire responses.

Thomas Lakamp