Fire Officer 3

Fire Officer 3

Objective: To provide the participant with the knowledge and skills required for the administrative and operational challenges of the fire service in the 21st century.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to qualify for certification at the Fire Officer III level (NFPA 1021) and function as a participant in the day-to-day administrative/operationally focused process of fire service organizational activities, including; human resource management, community outreach programming, maintaining of central record/data repository systems, budgeting, inspections/pre-incident planning, safety program development, in-basket assessment and incident planning with multi-agency involvement. (NFPA 1021: Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications)

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are program orientation, measuring service delivery, hazard analysis, response criteria, budget planning, the competitive bidding process, purchasing methods, bid specifications, legals requirements and cost-reduction opportunities, human resources planning and scheduling, departmental administration, risk management, elements of and implementation of a safety and health program and safety audits, inspections and pre-incident planning, establishing a community and public partnership, incident planning and multi-agency involvement and post incident analysis.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, case studies, role playing, problem solving, research and group projects, group presentations and peer evaluations. Student projects, presentations, and participation are evaluated based on an instructor and peer evaluation process.

The prerequisite for this course: IFSAC or DOD/IFSAC Fire Officer II certification.