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SBM Command Training Center

Command Training Center Flyer

Command Training Center Flyer
The Spring Lake Park/Blaine/Mounds View Fire Department has developed their incident command training around the need for an Incident Command System.
The Incident Command System (ICS), according to the United States Center for Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, is “a set of personnel, policies, procedures, facilities, and equipment integrated into a common organizational structure designed to improve emergency response operations of all types and complexities.” ICS has been identified as a “first-on-scene” program, where the first responder of an emergency has charge of the scene until the following: the incident has been declared resolved, a superior-ranking responder arrives on scene and receives command, or the Incident Commander appoints another individual Incident Commander.

The Command Training Center provides interactive simulations of small and large-scale incidents through computer program models. The exercises take command officers through simulated incidents to teach them to make better decisions on the fire scene- decisions that are important to the safety of our firefighting crews and the lives of our civilians. Through dealing with single family homes, multi-family homes, educational, assembly, commercial, and industrial incidents users enhance the use of clear communication, accountability, and efficient use of resources that are common to incident and emergency management.

Promotional Exams
Promotional exams are offered for your officers. We will be in charge of running the scenarios and it is up to you how the scoring and evaluations will be handled. You can provide your own officers to do the evaluations and scoring or we can provide qualified evaluators. This program provides consistency in the evaluations.
All of the above programs can be adjusted to your schedule. It is possible to do day, evening, or weekend Blue Card classes, CommandSimâ, DriveSim, and Promotional Exams. In addition, all programs can be adjusted to your system. You can provide a dispatcher so that addresses, unit numbers, and systems are authentic and familiar to your candidates.
It doesn’t matter if you command from a Suburban, Command Vehicle, or the front yard; we can duplicate your way of operating on the fire scene. Our Command Training Center will make your Incident Commander training experience a quality one.

Our goal is to make your response to the emergency a successful one. Good beginnings lead to good endings. A safe arrival- a good scene size-up- an effective incident action plan. Accomplishing these goals will lead to a successful ending to your incident.

Blue Card
We (SBM) encourage that everyone take the Blue Card Command training online. It is a chance for individuals from your fire department to receive the training and certification system that defines the best Standard Command Practices for common, local, and everyday emergency operations.
The program is based on the latest version of Fire Command, authored by Alan Brunacini. The actual Blue Card program consists of two parts: a 50-hour on-line version, which provides the base or core curriculum, and a 24-hour command seminar in which time is dedicated to simulations. The cost of the online training is $385.00 per person. Contact SBM for additional pricing options.
The online program consists of 8 modules covering the functions of command:

  1. Assumption, Confirmation, Positioning
  2. Situation Evaluation
  3. Communication
  4. Deployment
  5. Strategy & Incident Action Planning
  6. Organization
  7. Review, Evaluation, Revision
  8. Continue, Transfer, Terminate Command

Each module consists of slides ranging from written curriculum to embedded videos to radio transmissions to simulations tying it all together.
The Incident Command Certification Program is designed to instruct, train, evaluate, and certify Fire Department Officers who serve in the role of Incident Commander. This training and certification program produces Incident Commanders that make better decisions potentially eliminating costly mistakes that result in injury, death, and unnecessary fire losses.
This 24-hour live session at the SBM Command Training Center is a follow-up to Blue Card Hazard Zone Command Training. The entire program will be brought together and give you the real life experience you need to effectively take command of the emergency, standardize incident operations, and bring it to a successful conclusion. This class size for this course is 6-8 people and the cost of this training is $490.00 per person. The cost includes the Fire Hazard Zone Management certification from the Minnesota Fire Service Certification Board/IFSAC.
The Incident Commander must always match standard conditions to standard actions for a standard outcome.
Comment upon completion of the Blue Card program:
“Blue Card is not just an IC training and certification program. Blue Card is an operations program that finally gave my department the tools to effectively train, evaluate and actually manage our departments’ front seat officers.” -Indiana
To learn more about Blue Card contact SBM-CTC or visit where there is a program overview and demo, along with testimonials and details about the program.


The CommandSim program, the sensible simulation platform for all-hazards incident management training, at SBM Fire is designed to develop and/or maintain your incident management skills. A state of the art facility that can train firefighters and company officers to fight large or small incidents without ever putting on bunker gear!
By participating in this training course, your team will adapt proven strategies and the best practices to manage an entire emergency situation and the departments overall response to a fire. Your personnel will learn specific skills that can help anticipate and plan for what might arise on any given day.
Throughout this course, you gain valuable insight into the strategies that are necessary to successfully implement your own Incident Command Plan and build your organization with clearly defined goals. The more abilities can be enhanced, to be strong commanders, the better the incident is going to be handled.
The Command Simulator uses a SMART Board, an interactive whiteboard, to do just this. It is an effective hands-on training simulator that does not put any lives at risk. In the beginning of a simulation, the trainer stands alone in the simulator room listening to department radio transmissions and their view of the incident is projected on a SMART Board. Using CommandSimâ Software, they see a 3-D world that they can navigate by touching the screen. It is important for firefighters to think and feel like they’re really on an emergency scene and the only way to get that kind of realism is with the interactive whiteboard.
In addition, you will learn how to:

  • Adapt proven methods, strategies, and practices to improve your organization
  • Implement your own action plan and align your visions and goals
  • Develop consistent practices and clearly defined strategies
  • Gain insight to key areas to drive long term results
  • Initiate, maintain, and control effective incident communication
  • Develop an organizational game plan that drives the incident to conclusion
  • Customize an effective response of particular incident situations

Other benefits for your organization include increased firefighter safety, public safety, liability mitigation, and increased training productivity. By using the large interactive screen during a simulation it is easier for users to feel they are in an emergency and behave like it’s the real thing- immersing them into that role. Utilizing this state-of-the-art computer based simulation technology you will be able to rehearse emergency responses using the same systems and knowledge of command and control as you would in an actual event.
Command Simulator can be programmed for many different scenarios teaching particular skills and dealing with specific problems. Participants can practice and improve their response skills with each scenario in a setting that feels real, but does not put anyone in danger.
These programs are customized to your department’s specific needs through the use of your own photos and videos to tailor quickly and economically to your response area, local hazards, actual fire scenes, and target skill sets. Through these courses individuals have gotten measureable results proven in comparison with live evolutions. The recommended class size for these courses: 6-8 students.
Comment from an Incident Command Officer:
Jim Steele: “I highly recommend the course and know it would be beneficial to multiple ranks of officers. The class is very strong on strategic management of the fire scene, in less than a day our group of nine functioned well together. For me, this was one of the most enjoyable classes I had taken in a number of years.”

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Hands-on, on the road training- that is what this training will provide. The result- oriented driver safety training and education that will reduce the number of collisions and likewise reduce the costs associated with accident repairs. The mission in this program is to increase firefighter safety by emphasizing critical decision making, proactive decision driving, and defensive driving skills, which will make your firefighters, better drivers. The goal is to make your response to the emergency a successful one.
When a driver sits down, a 42-inch monitor dominates his or her primary field of vision. Two additional monitors stretch as an angle on either side, ensuring that the simulation occupies even the widest range of peripheral vision. The driving simulator is a full visual simulation that will increase firefighter safety, which will mitigate your liability problems and increase your training productivity. You will deal with collision avoidance, intersections, attitudes, physical conditions, environmental conditions, the physiological effects of emergency vehicle operations, and more.
Benefits of Simulation include:

  • Emphasis on critical decision making
  • Proactive decision driving
  • Increased crew and public safety
  • Learning vehicle control in various weather environments
  • Drivers will be more confident in their abilities to avoid unexpected hazards

We all become complacent in our driving abilities. This program teaches all users to be aware of the possible hazards and how to deal with them in the real world. Public safety personnel, driving safety equipment, have many distractions to deal with while proceeding to the incident scene. Many of these distractions could potentially prevent that vehicle from arriving. This program will teach you how to implement effective action, be more aware of your surroundings, develop high consciousness and awareness levels, and ultimately improve driving skills.
DriveSim can be programmed for many different scenarios or duplication of previous accidents teaching particular skills and dealing with specific problems. Participants can practice and improve their response skills with each scenario in a setting that feels real, but does not put anyone in danger.
Comment from a Fire Corps member:

Maggie Larson: “It’s amazing how much you become more aware of your surroundings in day to day driving after participating in this course. I thought I was a pretty good driver before, but now I know I am an even better driver because of this.”
SBM Fire Department
11920 Ulysses Street NE
Blaine, MN 55434
For more information contact:
Jim Hansen (763) 767-4003 ext. 104
Ken Martin (763) 767-4003 ext. 105
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