Workshop on Key Performance Capabilities and Competencies for High Hazard Incident Commander

This report is focused on the outcomes from the workshop on Key performance capabilities and competencies for High hazard Incident commander conducted in conjunction with HAZMAT Incident commander workshop (addressed in separate proceedings) at NFPA Headquarters Conference Center on November 2 & 3, 2016.

Several emergency high hazard incidents have been occurring in North America. These incidents often involve a complex interaction with various governmental and agency authorities, first responders, and industry personnel. Experience has shown that local personnel often do not have adequate in-depth knowledge of the hazard or response techniques, thereby taxing the ability of local responders to manage the incident in a safe and effective manner. NFPA standards are written in a broad perspective - establishing a framework that can be applied to a wide range of incidents. There is a sense of urgency to meet the needs of the first responder and the public’s awareness for professional thinking and leadership.

The goal of this workshop is to develop a competency framework with an in-depth analysis and a planned approach for exploring and validating opportunities to synthesize this concept into the professional qualifications standards.

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