Special operations incidents are low-frequency, high-risk events that can challenge even the most seasoned fireground incident commander. They present unique challenges and risks that can quickly transform would-be rescuers into victims and can also result in poor outcomes for victims if the incident isn't correctly managed from the start. This program examines various types of special operations responses, initial and ongoing incident command recommendations, and post-incident considerations. Using a select number of illustrative incidents, participants will come away from the program with a better knowledge of how to manage these events and be armed with additional insights to prepare them for their next special operations response.
Participants will come away with an understanding of the critical importance of organized and disciplined incident command in addition to various components of the ICS structure with which they have limited to no experience.
Participants will be aware of the need for strong automatic and mutual aid agreements, positive intergovernmental and interagency relationships, the potential need for specialized resources held by the private sector, and how to manage these and integrate them into their incident command.
Participants will come away with an appreciation of the heightened level of risk of injury and death to initial responders on special operations events through case study/incident review.