Fire Officer III
Instructional Hours: 60.00
Course Objective: To provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to address the administrative and operational challenges of the fire service in the 21st century. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to function as a participant in the day-to-day administrative/ operationally focused process of fire service organizational activities, including human resources 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 .
Course Description: Major topics covered in this course are program orientation; measuring service delivery; hazard analysis; variables affecting response; budgeting and fiscal planning; the competitive bidding process; commodity types; purchasing methods; bid specifications; legal 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 include lecture, discussion, online learning activities and team-focused classroom exercises.
Successful Completion: Students must attend required classroom sessions and complete all required online activities. This program involves required individual/group project assignments outside normal class time with classroom presentations and requires a solid background in verbal and written communication skills. All project assignments and presentations must be submitted at the designated time. All group assignments require mandatory participation by group members. Participants' grades incorporate final project, homework assignments, and peer evaluation. This course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for Fire Officer III.
MFRI Fire Officer II (MGMT 201), or MFSPQB, NBFSPQ or IFSAC Fire Officer II certification.