SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, December 9, 2020 – The Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters announced that it qualified 64 certified commanders through the “Certification System of Field Commanders” for firefighting activities (hereinafter “Certification System”), which was implemented as the first of its kind in Korea.
Since last November, the Fire & Disaster Headquarters has developed and run the certification model to nurture the field commanders for disasters and accidents.
The Certification System is categorized into Beginner (Fire Lieutenant), Intermediate (Fire Captain), and Advanced (Assistant Fire Chief and above). The field commander is qualified after the applicant passes a series of processes, including verification and evaluation of individual capabilities and mission performance.
The evaluation is conducted in four stages to achieve the objectives.
In the first stage, the applicant needs to complete online training courses on the standard operating procedure for field commanding, fire behavior, etc. The second stage covers the job training on specialized knowledge and experiences, followed by the third stage of the practice test.
Finally, the fourth stage evaluates the comprehensive estimation of situations through interviews with external specialists in disaster, psychology, and society. In particular, the practice test is conducted in the Incident Command Training Center (ICTC). The applicant performs the missions given in the virtual reality by disaster type, situation, and stage.
The 64 qualified commanders, who passed through the Certification System as the country’s first, include 43 beginners and 21 intermediates. The beginner is responsible for commanding the organization units which directly execute fire control and life-saving, while the intermediate is responsible for commanding fire stations.
An official of the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters said, “Starting with the first 64 certified field commanders, we will continuously nurture the selected field commanders with leadership and a sense of responsibility to build up a watertight command system.”
Also, he added, “By developing the evaluation model for Advanced stage, we will expand and stabilize the implementation of the Certification System through systematic management of the capabilities of the field commanders*.”
* Capability management of field commanders: to utilize the records and relevant information recorded by the qualified commanders who were dispatched to the sites for the purpose of field response and proactive policymaking
Jang Man-seok, Field Response Director of the Seoul Metropolitan Fire & Disaster Headquarters, said, “We will make the best effort to protect people’s lives through a timely field command by dispatching the qualified commanders with the specialized capabilities of disaster response including firefighting.”