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Course Description

Discover a simple yet powerful Four-Box progression that begins with your arrival radio report, continues with focused size-up that includes risk-assessment, identification of Big Six problems, initial action plan development, size-up radio report, achieving tactical accountability, and the establishment and management of an effective Command Post. The Four-Box progression is a structured, systematic, flexible and reliable process that will work at ‘three-in-the-morning.’ The Four Box model has been designed so that first on-scene fire officers will nail their strategic responsibility every time.

The first-due Four Box methodology exceeds performance criteria established by NFPA 1021, Fire Officer I, NFPA 1500, NFPA 1561, National Incident Management System (NIMS), and in Washington State, WAC 296-305-05000 and 05002.

Mark Emery

After 40-years of service, Mark Emery recently retired as the Fire Chief at East Valley Fire Department in Yakima County, WA. Mark self-published the ITAC Strategic Development manual, and has published numerous articles for Firehouse magazine, FireRescue magazine, and for the FDSOA Health and Safety Newsletter. Mark is co-developer of the Integrated Tacti­cal Accountability System (ITAC), and creator of the popular ITAC Command Competency Clinic. Chief Emery was selected as the 2015 George D. Post Instructor of the Year at FDIC, and serves as the Region 10 Director of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.