|North Las Vegas Fire Department
COMMAND & CONTROL TRAINING CENTER
4040 Losee Road
North Las Vegas, Nevada 89030
THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FUNDED BY THE
ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT PROGRAM
The North Las Vegas Fire Department is currently developing a formalized command and control training program designed to support inter-agency company officer and senior fire officer command & control training. The program will be focused on standardizing strategic and tactical decision-making, emergency and non-emergent fire ground communications, developing individual and company level resource management skills, risk prevention application/implementation and personnel accountability. All training and related equipment requirements will be designed in a modular format to include multi-disciplinary applications and countywide emergency operations training.
All classroom training will be focused on developing a comprehensive knowledge of command & control operations, full compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and model procedures for structural firefighting in accordance with the Southern Neveda Fire Operations (SNFO) guidelines.
Module No. 1 - Includes up to 16 hours of baseline classroom training for all members followed by an additional 8 hours of annual refresher/update training with strict emphasis on command & control operations, fire ground decision-making, emergency communications, resource management, risk prevention and personnel accountability. All classroom sessions will incorporate the use of computerized student response devices to allow for immediate feedback and ongoing data collection for statistical analysis and review.
Module No. 2 - Includes 16 hours of simulation training which will expose students to realistic fire ground scenarios using computer generated simulations, radio interface equipment, incident specific audio/video recordings, role-players, etc. Each simulation will be scripted to comply with the established SNFO model procedures and adopted practices for the Las Vegas Valley. Post simulation critiques will be conducted to validate the effectiveness of the simulation process and to further enhance the instructional process.
Module No. 3 - Includes a 16-hour Train-the-Trainer Program on strategy and tactics followed by a series of live fire evolutions. Each evolution will be recorded for educational purposes (post-incident review, make-up sessions, public education, council briefings, etc.). All evolutions will be conducted in full compliance with NFPA 1403 using a burn module designed to replicate the construction characteristics of an average residential home within the Las Vegas Valley. The live fire evolutions will be used to determine the effectiveness of the adopted strategies while incorporating real time task analysis and physiological stress monitoring. The time task analysis will allow participating departments to validate individual staffing levels in accordance with their prescribed staffing patterns (i.e. Standards of Cover). The physiological monitoring will be used to enhance firefighter health & safety requirements as it relates to crew rotations, work cycles and rehabilitation. All data collected will be compiled and applied to departmental standards of cover documents for accreditation with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI).
State of Effect:
This project will provide the necessary tools and factual data to support the adoption of standard operating procedures that reflect national standards and best practices throughout the Las Vegas Valley. This project will also enhance the safety and survivability of firefighters during multi-agency responses and further support the operational effectiveness of the North Las Vegas, Las Vegas, and Clark Country Fire Departments.
As an instructional tool, this project will continue to pay dividends to the Las Vegas Valley by providing realistic, hands-on training that reflects validated tactics, safe and effective decision-making, standardized communications, preventive risk control measures and individual accountability.