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A Command Training Center for Multiple Agencies: A Capstone Project

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Author: Dawn Essenmacher, Emergency Management Associate, IEM

To complete the Masters of Emergency Services Administration program at California State University, Long Beach, Ray Melendrez (Oceanside Fire Department Administration personnel) and I created a capstone project team that embarked on a collaborative undertaking with the Oceanside Fire Department in Oceanside, California. A capstone project is a large project intended to be a tangible demonstration of knowledge gained in the program and of competence in the field. Our project pioneered taking a fire service concept and applied it to the larger Emergency Management field, creating a  fiscally conservative development plan.

Our specific capstone project was the planning phase for a Command Training Center (CTC) for the Oceanside Fire Department. A concept that has been used in the fire service, a CTC is a specific training facility that uses computer simulation software to train incident commanders with real-time and realistic incident simulations. These simulations allow decision makers to safely be “in charge” where they can practice and hone their decision making skills before having to perform these at an actual incident. (more…)