The objective of this course is to teach instructors and trainers how to organize and teach a course effectively, using existing lesson plans. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to plan instruction, using a variety of instructional methods; teach diverse learners; evaluate course outcomes; and address the critical issues of safety and the legal issues of training.
First Class Firefighter or Firefighter II for one year.
Major topics covered in the course are the challenges of emergency services instruction; speaking before a group; safety; the instructor's role; legal considerations; the psychology of learning; instructional delivery practical training evolutions; and instructional media, testing and evaluation. Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, audio/visual material, learner presentations/reports, observation, and final examination.
The purpose of the Fire Officer Strategy and Tactics course is to provide senior firefighters and entry level Fire Officers with the knowledge and skills to meet the minimum job performance requirements as outlined in NFPA 1021 sections 4.6.1 and 4.6.2. Candidates must demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to function safely and effectively as the initial incident commander. This course is designed to give the candidates the ability to perform scene size up and make strategic and tactical decisions during the first 15 minutes of an incident. To obtain certification candidates must successfully complete the practical skills, score at least a 70% on the state written exam and meet ALL prerequisites prior to testing. Candidates should expect to spend time outside of class to complete the required exercises and prepare for the written and practical examinations.
The objective of this course is to provide entry-level training in company operations and administration at the first-line supervisory level.
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to find ways to effectively manage human resources; community/public relations; fire department organizations and administration, including budgets, reports, and planning; fire inspection, investigation, and public education; emergency service delivery; and safety. (National Fire Protection Association 1021 Standard, Fire Officer Professional Qualifications).
The prerequisites for this course are MFRI Firefighter II, or MFSPQB, NPQS, or IFSAC Firefighter II certification. It is suggested a minimum of one year experience as a Firefighter II be completed before enrolling in this program.
Major topics covered in the course are the role of the fire officer, fire officer's responsibility in facing compliance and accountability, recognition and managing cultural diversity, safety and wellness of fire, quality management within the organizational structure, community awareness, public relations, fire safety education, functional leadership, problem solving, performance appraisal, building construction, fire cause determination, effective communication skills, and incident command system with strategy and tactics.
Methods of instruction include lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, case studies, audio/visual material, learner presentations/reports, preceptorship program, quizzes, a final examination, and completion of required skills and preceptorship program.
ACE Credit Recommendations: The ACE/CREDIT recommendation for this course in the vocational certificate category or lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 4 semester hours in Fire Science Technology, Emergency Medical Service Technology, Emergency Management, or Public Administration (11/94) (12/99) (10/04).