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.