New Command and Control Nursing Home Simulation Now Available on U.S. Fire Administration’s Virtual Campus

Washington, D.C. – Charlie Dickinson, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator, announced today a new command and control, online simulation for emergency responders involving a scenario at a nursing home facility. The Q424 – Nursing Home Fire simulation presents the user with a kitchen fire in a two-story nursing home. Upon successful completion of this online simulation course, the user will be able to recognize the rescue issues related to this type of occupancy – those people who have differing medical problems and those people who are visiting.

“This simulation, with its nursing home command challenges, is designed to help command officials better understand the problems that may occur within nursing facilities during emergencies,” said Dickinson. “Homeland security and preparedness involves firefighters protecting all people living in all environments in this nation. Our senior citizens are too often the tragic victims of fire. This course will better prepare the firefighters facing the challenges present when dealing with these types of fires.”

Course objectives include safe removal of all occupants and containment and control of fire in the building of origin. National Fire Academy/United States Fire Administration certification will be granted upon successful completion of the course evaluations.

The course can be found on USFA’s Virtual Campus at The USFA has many other training programs, both online and classroom-based, that are designed to assist emergency responders in becoming better prepared for all types of emergencies. Information on these training programs and other USFA initiatives and publications can be found at

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