Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (DMICO)

Course Hours: 16.0 Hours

Course Description

This course is designed to develop the decision-making skills needed by Company Officers (CO's) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. With the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the COs initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that CO's be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome.

In addition to a possible role as the initial Incident Commander, the CO may be assigned a subordinate position within the Incident Command System organization. CO's need to have a clear understanding of the system, the position that they are assigned to, and their role in the organization if they are to function effectively and help make the system work.

This course is an excellent review for experienced CO's.


Incident Command System (ICS)-100-level and ICS-200-level training. Preferred courses are Preparations for Initial Company Operations and Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations, available through NFA online. 

Who Should Attend

This course is specifically designed for newly appointed CO's and for firefighters who may have acting CO responsibilities or who want to become a CO.

Special Notes

The National Fire Academy does not utilize Social Security Numbers on their registration form; this form is in addition to the Georgia Public Safety Training Center application process. The NFA form will be completed on the first day of the course. Students must provide the Student Identification Number on the first day of the course. What this means to you: This number is used in place of a Social Security Number and is obtained through the Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP). Applications for NFA courses that do not include a SID will not be processed, failure to provide the SID will result in the student not receiving credit for 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. Use the SID in place of the SSN on the General Admissions Application Form (FEMA Form 119-25-1) and General Admissions Application Short Form (FEMA Form 119-25-2).

Start Date End Date Location (Hover for more information) Time Course Number Status
07/29/2024 07/30/2024 Effngham County Fire Rescue Training Center 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. FFAT24674 Register
08/22/2024 08/23/2024 Sandy Springs Fire Department 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. FFAT24646 Register
10/15/2024 10/16/2024 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. FFAA24879 Register
01/13/2025 01/14/2025 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
05/12/2025 05/13/2025 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon
10/27/2025 10/28/2025 GPSTC, FORSYTH 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. TBA Coming Soon