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Critical Thinking for the Initial IC

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Salem Fire Department - Training Division

2742 25th St SE

Salem, OR 97302

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On a structure fire the initial incident commander is faced with the expectation of making critical decisions in a compressed time frame. CRITICAL THINKING for the INITIAL IC uses Bloom’s Taxonomy and Costas’ Levels of Intellectual Functioning methodology in addressing Critical Thinking as applied to the Initial IC when dealing with structure fires.

We also look at the components and relationship of ‘Criteria Based Decision Making” with “Recognition-Primed Decision Making” as they apply to fire ground decisions. Students will understand which criteria are critical and how to utilize these criteria in making effective decisions.

Subjects that will also be covered include:

  • Fire Dynamics/Reading Smoke
  • Coordinated Ventilation
  • Applying Strategic and Tactical Priorities
  • Pitfalls in Decision Making

This is a 16-hour class designed for the Initial Incident Commander whether the student is a Company Officer or Response Chief.

Instructor: Battalion Chief Stan Cooke, Spokane Valley Fire Department (Retired)

A 37 year veteran of the SVFD, Chief Cooke’s career has included service as a firefighter all the way through to Operations Battalion Chief.

He is co-developer of the Command Competency Clinic as well as the co-developer of the Integrated Tactical Accountability System (ITAC). These two programs have been taught by BC Cooke for individual fire departments, and at fire and life safety conferences in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana since 1998.

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