STICO – Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations

Shenandoah County Department of Fire and Rescue
600 N. Main Street
Woodstock, VA 22664

Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (NFA STICO)

This course is designed to meet the needs of Company Officers responsible for managing the operations of one or more companies during structural firefighting operations. This course is
designed to develop the management skills needed by COs to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires.

Changes in modern building design and materials have altered the nature of structure fires, with modern homes able to reach flashover eight times faster than homes built 50 years ago. Firefighters are being challenged by different fire ground hazards today; one being synthetic materials in furniture and building products. These changes have made structure fires deadlier than ever before and call into question traditional firefighting tactics. This STICO program provides an educational opportunity through a combination of lecture, illustrations, group discussions/ activities, case studies, and computer-generated simulations. This program is essential for all levels of fire service personnel. It provides the necessary information and basic skills to recognize how and why science and the fire service have joined forces to adjust and enhance firefighting tactics. Firefighter safety and building occupant survivability are our primary responsibilities and key elements for this training program.

Location: Shenandoah County Fire & Rescue- 600 North Main Street, Woodstock, VA Suite 109

Dates: May 21-22, 2022

Instructor: Joe Bailey & Wally Burris, VDFP Instructor Cadre
Times: 08:00- 17:00
Registration: To register- complete a SCFR Training Registration Form AND register on CSOD (Session ID: 42322133) By: May 13, 2022
Forms/ information can be found at: and submitted to Shannon Walters or Courtney Cave

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This training is provided on behalf of the Volunteer Workforce Solutions program, a partnership between the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs. It is funded by a DHSIFEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant.