Fire Officer 4
Objective: To provide the student with the knowledge and skills for successful performance at the Chief Fire Officer level.
Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to plan and monitor group projects, plan and evaluate community service needs, analyze process activity performance and use simulation to identify the means to correct any problems, provide ethical leadership, conduct risk management, manage training, grievance, member assistance and member incentive programs and develop emergency operations and major incident action plans. All project assignments and presentations must be submitted at the designated time.
Course Content: Major topics covered in this course include effective use of resources and communications, leadership, adaptive leadership theories, change agent management, community relations, demographics research, cultural awareness, customer service, research papers, government relations and participation, the political decision making process, monitoring legislative regulation and accreditation, human resources management, laws, regulations and court decisions, managing diversity, the recruitment hiring/employment process, employee/management issues, collective bargaining, effective negotiations, incentive programs, long-range planning, organizational values and mission, risk, hazard and value analysis, standards of coverage, capital resource procurement, education and in-service training goals, delivery and evaluation, disaster planning and prevention and mitigation strategies, response and recovery efforts, health and safety programs, firefighter safety, critical incident stress management, and monitoring risk management programs.
Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom group activities, audio/visual materials, student presentations, papers and final examination.
IFSAC or DOD/IFSAC Fire Officer III certification.