In addition to the core competencies required for interior firefighters and apparatus operators, incident commanders should have a demonstrated knowledge and experience in the following core competencies:

  • Safe and effective assignment and supervision of tasks, or responsibilities to managing unit officers at emergency incidents (including those on highways and roadways), during training and under routine and non-emergency circumstances.
  • Be capable of communicating clear direction and supervision of members during training.
  • Knowledge of administrative policies and procedures and records management including incident reports
  • Knowledge of building construction and fire behavior including structural soundness and the significance of fire load
  • Be capable of evaluating and implementing scene security and evidence preservation
  • Be capable of developing and implementing an incident action plan
  • Be capable of conducting a post-incident analysis
  • Be knowledgeable of safety principles, including injury and accident prevention
  • Be familiar with fire department injury and accident reporting requirements according to department policies
  • Be familiar with firefighter health and wellness for recognition of issues; e.g. stress, heart attack and other issues that would hinder firefighter's response capabilities.
  • An understanding of strategy, tactics and operations in fire suppression;
  • An understanding of vehicle extrication procedures and department capabilities and limitations;
  • Awareness of other situations expected to be encountered in the department's immediate response area.
  • Be capable of initiating scene size-up procedures
  • Be familiar with initial arrive report ("C.A.N [Conditions, Actions, Needs] - Report") protocols
  • Be familiar with radio communications operations
  • Be capable of communicating fire-ground reports (location of fire, water on fire, searches, knock-down, etc.) and
  • Be familiar with urgent and mayday communication protocols
  • Be familiar with how to mitigate miscellaneous emergencies (gas leaks, CO, electrical, elevator rescues, hazmat containment, etc.)
  • Understand RIT/FAST Operations and how to implement them
  • Obtain a certificate for the latest version of NIMS ICS-200
  • Understand the use and limitations of special fire department equipment, e.g. gas meters, thermal imaging cameras, self-escape equipment, gas powered tools etc.

These competencies are presented within the following courses instructed by the Suffolk County Fire Academy:  Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO)/Intro to Fire Officer/ Fire Officer 1/ ICS300/ ICS400