FSC 4631: Advanced Principles of Fireground Strategies and Tactics


This course provides a comprehensive look at the skills and traits needed to successfully prepare for and manage a fire department incident. Using nationally accepted standards, the student will be able to understand and employ the techniques needed to be successful on the fireground. The student will also gain a valuable understanding for the use of NIMS (National Incident Management System), how it relates to incident management, as well as how to employ NIMS on the fireground.


  1. Design, test, and implement a pre-incident fire flow plan with a review of the affected facility personnel.
  2. Discuss the duties and responsibilities of command personnel and describe the four characteristics of command presence.
  3. Discuss command and control as it relates to an emergency scene incident management system and identify the positions of command found in the incident management system.
  4. Contrast cue-based and classical decision making models.
  5. Identify and discuss engine company duties, hose line placement considerations, and truck company duties.
  6. Identify and discuss the five basic types of building construction according to the National Fire Protection Association categories.
  7. Identify and describe building collapse indicators, and develop a plan to ensure the safe removal of any victims.
  8. Discuss how to recognize the 13 points of size-up that pertains to special situations and occupancies and discuss strategic considerations for these special occupancies.
  9. Present a comprehensive assessment of a suspected hazardous materials or terrorism incident and discuss the differences between evacuation and protecting in place.
  10. Discuss the need for incident scene review and identify the signs and symptoms of incident related stress.


  1. FSC 2010


Strategic and tactical considerations on the fireground (Rev: 4th ed.)

Publisher: Pearson (2017)
Author: Smith, J. P.
ISBN: 9780134442648
Price: (No information available)

* Disclaimer: Textbooks listed are based on the last open revision of the course. Prior revisions and future revisions may use different textbooks. To verify textbook information, view the course syllabus or contact the CSU Bookstore at bookstore@columbiasouthern.edu