may, 2019

15may3:00 pm4:45 pmTaking Command Effectively3:00 pm - 4:45 pm Session Type:ClassroomTime Slot:3:00PM - 4:45PM


Class Details

In our ICS classes we learn to build the incident command system from the incident commander down. This approach to ICS often feels uncomfortable or burdensome when used in the routine incident like a room and content fire or a MVC with a single patient extrication. When the first unit arrives, and establishes command, they do not sit in the cab and begin diagramming the command structure; they go to work. The good incident commander that inherits these working companies must work to coordinate and support those efforts to a successful outcome. This class will demonstrate how to use ICS to assume and build a command support system for the crews and incident from the first unit up. You will learn how to use the ICS structure to advantage and manage clear communication methods to let the companies get the work done! Participants will participate in a simulated incident and utilize radio communications to reinforce the principles taught in this class.


(Wednesday) 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Speakers for this event

  • Chuck Baird

    Chuck Baird

    Program Director, Georgia Piedmont Fire Science

    Chuck Baird is a 30-year veteran of the fire service. He retired from his department as a Captain assigned to a triple company, engine, truck, and rescue in December 2016. He currently serves as the Fire Science Technology Program Director at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Covington, Georgia. He has served as a training officer over the first 20 years of his career as a staff instructor and adjunct instructor. He was the Captain of the Training Division for 6 years guiding day to day operations. He has actively taught firefighters, EMS providers, and the public since 1991. He is a NPQ III Fire and Emergency Services Instructor and Georgia Level III EMS Instructor. He has earned three college degrees including a Masters Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He served as the chairperson for the Metro Atlanta Training Officers Section of the Metro Atlanta Fire Chiefs Association for six years. He has taught within local fire and EMS academies, the Georgia Fire Academy, and regional and national conferences, including 5 years at FDIC. He has been married to his wife Carol for 32 years and they have three adult children from ages 21 to 28.

    Program Director, Georgia Piedmont Fire Science