ATPC9516 Chief Officer
Course Description: This online course will meet the JPR requirements of NFPA 1021 Standard for Fire Officer Professional Qualifications, presenting the principles of management theory and its application to the fire service. Additionally, this course will cover topics such as communications, professional development, community and intergovernmental relations, human resources, legal issues, strategic planning, public education, budget and financial issues, and emergency management.
Expanded Course Description: The Fire Officer III series is intended for Chief Officers fulfilling the role of Administrative Officer. The coursework provided meets the requirements under NFPA 1021. During this five-course series, future and current Chief Officers will demonstrate the skills necessary to develop successful strategic plans, develop budgets and understand finance, understand and recognize ethical and legal aspects of their authority, and be able to recognize unforeseen challenges that may adversely impact their organization.
Required Course Materials: Chief Officer Principles and Practice; Jones and Bartlett (2012) ISBN: 978-0-7637-7929-0. All students will be required to purchase this textbook to be successful in this course. To receive 25% off of your textbook, click the following link: http://www.jblearning.com/cart/Default.aspx?bc=7929-0&coupon=PSTFL25
*Textbook not included
Recommended Course Materials: APA Manual 6th ed. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (2006) ISBN: 789-1-4338-0561-5. Public Safety Training Development “Education Inspired by Student Ambition” ATPC9516/Chief Officer | 2
- National Incident Reporting System; DHS. (2014). Website: http://www.nfirs.fema.gov
- Peter Drucker’s Life and Legacy | The Drucker Institute (2015) Website: http://www.druckerinstitute.com/peter-druckers-life-and-legacy
- Statewide Emergency Response Plan; FFCA. (2015) Download: http://www.ffca.org/i4a/pages/Index.cfm?pageID=3794
Helpful Resources: See your Additional Course Resources folder for additional documents and helpful links.
PSTD Philosophy: The School of Public Safety Training & Development recognizes and supports the Mission of the Bureau of Fire Standards and Training, Pro Board Fire Service Professional Qualifications System, and the United States Fire Administration. PSTD recognizes the experience of adult learners and values they bring with research tools, experience, and analytical strategies with which connect their background to the classroom by integrating that background into the curriculum. Finally, PSTD embraces adult learning and encourages adult learners to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world solutions in their careers, their lives, and their communities.
Relationship of Course to PSTD Mission: This course fulfills the Public Safety Training & Development Mission by assisting students to develop, synthesize, and apply learned skills in analytical reasoning and critical and intellectual thinking about the roles and responsibilities of the Safety Officer. For further information, you may read the entire Public Safety Training & Development mission statement on our website at www.SafetyTrainingFL.com.
Learning Methods: This course will employ a combination of reading assignments, discussions, table-top exercises, quizzes, and a final project. Course Requirements by Assignment/Weight: Homework/Exercises: All must be complete prior to successful completion of the course.
*Students must achieve a minimum of 70% on the Final Applied Research Project Student Learning
|Learning Outcome||Student Requirement||Assignment||Weight, Assessment|
|Upon completion of this course the student will…||What students will do…|
|Demonstrate Engagement||Discussion. Active engagement by way of discussion postings and chat room attendance||Attendance & Class Participation||11 Discussions. (330 pts); integrating material from readings & class discussion|
|Demonstrate competency through Assignment submission.||Assignment. Written APA format.||Assignments||12 Assignments. (600 pts) of grade|
|Demonstrate competency through testing||Quizzes. Multiple choice||Quizzes||11 Quizzes (110 points of grade)|
|Applied Research Project||Applied Research Project||Final Project||(350 pts) of grade|
|Must complete all assignments.||Minimum Score 70% (938 points)||Total maximum score 100% (1340 pts)|
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Discuss the importance of leadership in the fire service.
- Explain the importance of effective communications during emergency and non-emergency activities.
- Identify the importance of continuous improvement for the fire officer.
- Describe how the fire officer interacts with the community.
- Define intergovernmental relations and explain the importance of these relations.
- Identity elements of efficient human resource management.
- Explain laws and legal issues that fire departments have to follow.
- Explain strategic planning and its role in the fire service.
- Describe emergency management functions and the fire departments role.
- Describe the fire departments role in code enforcement and public education.
- Discuss the financial issues faced by fire departments and how to manage department finances.
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