Decision Making for Initial Company Operations

NFA073 – 16.00 Hours


Details Buttons Dates Location Class Price Register Buttons
08/19/24 – 08/22/24 Anna, TX FP NFA073 99 Register
08/20/24 – 08/23/24 Anna, TX FP NFA073 100 Register
08/21/24 – 08/24/24 Anna, TX FP NFA073 101 Register
10/02/24 – 10/03/24 Heath, TX FP NFA073 103 Register

This schedule is subject to change without notice. If you have not received confirmation of the class prior to the class start, please contact the division at (866) 878-8900 or [email protected] to get the latest schedule.

Course Description

NFA logoThis course is designed to develop the decision-making skills needed by Company Officers (COs) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires.

Often first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that they be able to make good management decisions with a favorable impact on the eventual outcome. In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander (IC), the CO may be assigned a subordinate position within the Incident Command System (ICS) organization. COs need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position they are assigned, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Completion Requirements

Participant Must Provide

A photo identification on the first day of class.  See the Participant Handbook opens in a new tab for approved forms of identification and additional guidelines. 

You will need your FEMA SID # on the first day of the course. 

To obtain a SID 

  1. Register at
  2. Select “Need a FEMA SID?” on the right side of the screen. 
  3. Follow the instructions to create your account. 
  4. You will receive an email with your SID.  Save this number in a secure location. 

Attendance Requirements

To meet NFA attendance requirements, participants must complete each training module and complete all required course assignments, activities, quizzes, and pass the end of course exam to receive course completion.  During the course, your instructor will review any additional requirements. 

ICS 100, 200, and Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and IS-200-level training  Preferred courses are available through NFA Online

Upon successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Building Construction and its Impact on Decision-Making.
  • Managing emergency Incidents.
  • Size-up and Fire ground Decision-Making.
  • Burn time considerations and line-of-duty deaths.

Suggested Audience

The DMICO course is appropriate for newly appointed COs, firefighters who may have acting CO responsibilities and firefighters who want to become Cos.

Continuing Education And Professional Credits

Note: Live Online Instructor-Led (webinar) courses are not eligible for TCOLE credit.

  • State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA)
  • Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP)
  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE)

Other Information

To request this class in your jurisdiction or department, please use the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) Extension Course Request Form.

Contact Information

Emergency Services Training Institute
Phone: (979) 845-7641 | (866) 878-8900
Email: [email protected]