Course Summary
Credit Type:
ACE Course Number:
40 hours
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 2 Fire Administration, Public Safety Administration, or Adult Education


The course objective is for the students to become the Blue Card Trainer for their fire department. This requires understanding all the curriculum and LMS (including the RMS). Because this program is a certification, continuing education and re-certification is required. Day 5 of the Trainer's course explains the Blue Card continuing education system, including how to customize the content for each Trainer's own fire department.

Learning Outcomes:

  • develop and implement a Train-the-Trainer action plan that provides students with measurable goals for train-the-trainer courses and programs
  • critique students in their organization and presentation skills to assure students adhere to best practices in classroom teaching
  • develop an IAP that corresponds with the strategy and identify the correct initial attack positions and/or actions
  • transmit an effective initial radio report, monitor radio traffic while responding to the incident, and log responding and assigned units on tactical worksheet
  • assign later arriving units that match the IAP with clearly identified tasks, locations, and objectives
  • control communications so the incident commander can control the position and function of all hazard zone units and facilitate the sharing of critical information
  • assign sector responsibilities to the initial Co. Officers assigned to each geographic position or function when appropriate
  • transmit the proper information, if needed, to the 2nd incident commander to facilitate an effective and safe transfer of command and documents the position and function of all resources in the hazard zone
  • evaluate the current critical factors, challenge and verify the original incident commander's strategy and IAP
  • manage the accountability process by maintaining a current/accurate tactical worksheet
  • assign on-deck positions, when applicable to the critical sectors after covering the major tactical needs of the incident site
  • identify the obvious critical fire ground factors
  • manage deployment in a way that maintains a tactical reserve
  • keep the strategy and IAP current through evaluating the CFGF, addressing the critical unknowns, and reacting properly to red flags
  • address and facilitate the completion of the tactical priorities based on the CFGF
  • reference all pertinent pre-plan material and AVL info that is available on the MCT
  • position the CP and operate in the correct command mode
  • expand the organization to meet the needs of the incident by assigning Co.'s/ BC's sector responsibilities and implement the appropriate sections in the CP

General Course Topics:

  • Review of the functions of command
  • Instruction and simulations for the five major building types
  • Managing firefighter mayday operations
  • Overview of the Blue Card system - LMS, RMS, managing ongoing continuing education and recertification
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Classroom Exercise
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials

Other offerings from Bluecard